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Advil FAQs 

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 quickly does Advil work? How long does it last?

    It depends on which form of Advil you take as well as how your body responds to the medicine. Some Advil products are designed to deliver faster relief, so read the product label to see how often you can take a dose. Keep in mind that you cannot take more than one dose of Advil Migraine in a 24 hour period.

  • Does Advil help you sleep?

    For sleeplessness associated with pain, check out Advil PM.

  • 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 health agencies saying about the safety of ibuprofen/Advil?

    GSK continues to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation alongside public health authorities, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)World Health Organization (WHO)U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA), and medical experts. None of these agencies currently recommend that individuals should stop taking ibuprofen/Advil.