Frequently Asked Questions

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Find answers to your questions about Advil® products.

Get answers to your questions on how to take and properly use Advil®.

Find out how to safely take Advil®, as well as what is to be avoided.

Learn more about the pain reliever in Advil®.

Find out about the symptoms, and types of pain, that Advil® treats.

Compare the different pain relief options that are available to you.

Top Questions

Can I take Advil® for a cold or the flu?

Yes, Advil® offers a variety of treatment options depending on your cold and flu symptoms.

Advil® Tablets, Gel Caplets, Liqui-Gels® and Liqui-Gels® minis contain an active ingredient, called ibuprofen, which temporarily reduces fever, as well as relieves minor aches and pains due to the common cold.

If you have additional symptoms, you can also consider using Advil® Cold & Sinus and Advil® Sinus Congestion & Pain products for additional relief. These products contain ibuprofen plus a nasal decongestant to provide relief for symptoms including: headache, fever, minor body aches and pains, sinus pressure, and nasal congestion.

For further questions concerning your use of Advil® products, please speak with a healthcare provider. If your symptoms continue to persist or get worse, please contact a physician immediately.

How does Advil® work?

When you experience pain and fever, it’s because there is an increase in the production of chemicals called prostaglandins, which trigger pain signals. Advil® temporarily blocks the production of prostaglandins, reducing pain and fever.

What is “solubilized ibuprofen”?

“Solubilized ibuprofen," like the medicine in Advil® Liqui-Gels®, is a liquid form of the pain reliever ibuprofen. The ibuprofen has been completely dissolved in a liquid center inside a soft capsule shell, which is surrounded by a gelatin coating – which is why they’re called “Liqui-Gels®.”

How big are Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis? What do they look like?

Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis are green, oblong liquid-filled capsules imprinted with the Advil® logo. They look similar to Advil® Liqui-Gels®, only they’re 33% smaller.

Is Advil® safe?

For more than 30 years, extensive consumer use and numerous clinical studies have shown that, ibuprofen, the active ingredient in Advil®, when used as directed, is a safe and effective OTC pain reliever and fever reducer.

Please refer to the full product labeling for additional safety information related to Advil®.

What are NSAIDs?

NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are a group of chemical compounds that often are chemically unrelated but share therapeutic actions such as analgesic (pain-relieving) and antipyretic (fever-reducing) effects.

Where can I purchase Advil®? How much is it?

Most retailers (grocery stores, pharmacy, club and convenience stores) carry Advil® products. Check out our Where to Buy page to find a store near you or where to buy Advil® online.

As the manufacturer of Advil®, we do not set store-level pricing. However, you can visit Offers & Coupons on our site to save on your next purchase.

What are fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets?

The powerful pain relief of Advil® in a Rapid Release Formula that dissolves quickly and absorbs fast to help stop pain before it gets worse. Featuring a core of ibuprofen sodium – a salt form of ibuprofen that is 250 times more soluble in water than standard ibuprofen – Advil® Film-Coated Tablets are absorbed by the body quickly. In fact, nothing is proven to work faster.*

*Among OTC pain relievers.

What makes Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis easy to swallow?

Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis come in a 33% smaller capsule which makes them easy to swallow. How do we know? Because in survey studies people found Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis easier to swallow. Since you’re not sacrificing power for size, you’re getting the same powerful pain relief as regular Advil®. Learn more about Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis.

What are the side effects of taking Advil?

Over 30 years of studies and use have shown that Advil®, when used as directed, is safe and effective at relieving pain. As with all medicines however, some side effects may occur.

Before using Advil®, we recommend you read our warnings. Learn more about the side effects of Advil®.

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