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.

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.

I am allergic to gluten. Is it all right for me to take Advil® products?

Gluten is not added to any Advil® product during the manufacturing process. However, we cannot guarantee that minute amounts of gluten or gluten derivatives are not contained in raw materials obtained from various suppliers for our manufacturing process since the end product is not tested for gluten.

You should check with your doctor if you have any concerns about taking any Advil® product.

Does Advil® make you sleepy?

Advil® does not contain any ingredients or antihistamines that would make you sleepy. If pain is keeping you awake at night and you want a medication that can help you fall asleep, learn more about Advil® PM.

I have trouble opening the Advil® bottle. Is there another way of getting my pills?

The Advil® Easy Open Arthritis Cap features an innovative cap design with a comfortable grip made for those with difficulty opening bottles. Awarded the Ease-of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation®, the Advil® Easy-Open Arthritis Cap takes the pain out of pain relief. This bottle is not suitable for households with young children.

Are Advil® Liqui-Gels faster than Tylenol® Rapid Release Gels?

Yes. Advil® Liqui-Gels® are proven faster and stronger than Tylenol® Rapid Release Gels on tough pain.

Where can I find Advil® Menstrual Pain?

Advil® Menstrual Pain has been discontinued. If you still have the product and need more information, please find the product label here. You can still turn to Advil® for relief. Try Advil® Tablets or Advil® Film-Coated to powerfully relieve tough period cramps, headaches, and back pain.

Should I chew Advil®?

We don’t recommend that you chew any adult Advil® products. Advil® is meant to be swallowed in its whole form.

Can NSAIDs cause heart attacks or high blood pressure?

All NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), except aspirin, increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. These can be fatal. The risk is higher if you use more than directed or for longer than directed.

Ask your doctor if you should take Advil® if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, kidney disease, asthma, or had a stroke.

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