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.

Should I take Advil® with food?

You do not have to take Advil® with food. However, if you experience an upset stomach, you can take it with food or milk. If you have a history of stomach problems like heartburn, upset stomach or stomach pain, be sure that you talk to your doctor before taking Advil® or any NSAID.

Is Advil® bad for my liver?

When taken as directed, adverse effects on the liver are uncommon. Effects on the liver are rare but may include liver disorder, abnormal liver function, hepatitis and jaundice, and, they may occur at higher than recommended OTC doses.

Consult your doctor before taking Advil® if you have liver cirrhosis, or any other concerns about taking this product.

Can Advil be used to treat inflammation or swelling?

No. The OTC dose in found in Advil® products does not treat inflammation. However, Advil® does relieve the pain associated with inflammation.

Is Advil® an antihistamine?

No. Single ingredient Advil® products do not contain an antihistamine. The active ingredient in Advil® is ibuprofen which is part of a class of drugs called NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Check out the Ingredients section of this FAQ to learn more about what is in Advil®. If you are interested in an antihistamine, check out our Advil® Cold & Allergy Products.

Why does it say Caplets and Tablets on my fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Caplets package?

Caplets and tablets describe the dosage form. Tablets are round and “caplets” is short hand for capsule-shaped. The FDA considers “caplet” to be a type of tablet.

Can I take Advil® if I have an ulcer condition?

We do not recommend taking Advil® if you have an ulcer because of the increased risk of severe stomach bleeding. Please consult your doctor for appropriate advice before taking Advil® if you have an ulcer.

What effect will Advil® have on the kidneys?

When taken as directed, adverse effects of Advil® on the kidneys are not common. However, higher doses can produce adverse effects on the kidneys. Consult your doctor before taking Advil® if you are taking a diuretic, have kidney disease or have any other concerns.

Where can I find information about other Advil® products?

In addition to the pain relieving power of Advil® there are a variety of other Advil® products that provide relief. We’ve included links to more information for those products below:

Should I be concerned about the amount of sodium in fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated?

The levels of sodium in fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated tablets are not high enough to require label warnings – each fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablet contains 22 mg of sodium. Even if the maximum daily dose is taken (6 tablets), the total amount of sodium ingested is only 132 mg. Per the FDA*, the recommended daily value for sodium is less than 2,400 mg per day, although some people may need less due to health concerns. Speak with your doctor about your sodium intake.

*“Sodium in Your Diet: Use the Nutrition Facts Label and Reduce Your Intake” retrieved from FDA.gov.

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