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.

What are Advil® Liqui-Gels®?

Advil® Liqui-Gels® contain 200mg of solubilized ibuprofen, a liquid form of the pain reliever in Advil®. The liquid form allows them to be absorbed into the body quickly for fast pain relief.

What do Advil® Migraine capsules look like?

Advil® Migraine tablets are orange, oblong liquid filled capsules and have the Advil® logo on them.

How long does Advil® take to work? How long will it last?

The time of relief depends on which form of Advil® you decide to use to treat your pain as well as your body chemistry. For example, fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets, Advil® Liqui-Gels® and Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis are designed to do just that: act fast. Both products are designed for fast absorption and fast relief. Regardless of which Advil® you determine is right for you, it is important to wait 4-6 hours between doses.

Can Advil® be taken with nutritional supplements?

While Advil® can be taken with nutritional supplements, it’s recommended that you talk about any risks with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Advil® with nutritional supplements.

Why do Advil® tablets taste sweet?

The coating of Advil® tablets contain a small amount of sugar, which gives them a sweet taste.

Are Advil® Liqui-Gels® faster than Tylenol® Extra Strength on my tough pain?

Yes. In clinical tests, Advil® Liqui-Gels® were compared to Tylenol® Extra Strength for speed of pain relief. The results showed that Advil® Liqui-Gels® relieve tough pain significantly faster than Tylenol® Extra Strength.

How are Advil® Migraine capsules different from regular Advil® tablets?

Advil® Migraine tablets have a liquid form of ibuprofen inside, while regular Advil® tablets have a solid form of the pain reliever. The liquid form of ibuprofen allows the pain reliever to be absorbed by the body quickly for fast relief.

Why is there a difference between the labels on your website and some of the labels on the product package?

The FDA has asked all manufacturers of over-the-counter (OTC) non-aspirin NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to update the drug facts label warnings related to cardiovascular risk. This includes ibuprofen (such as Advil® and Motrin®) and naproxen sodium (such as Aleve®). The labeling on our website has been updated to reflect this new guidance. As retailers restock their Advil® product inventory, you will see the updated label on our product packaging.

Continue to follow the directions for use on the product labeling you purchased. When used as directed, Advil® continues to be safe and effective on tough pain. Watch our video on How Advil® Works to learn more about the safety of Advil®.

Can Advil® be taken with herbal supplements?

Since herbal supplements may contain complex formulations that can interact with medications, talk with your doctor or pharmacist before taking them with Advil®.

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