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.

Does Advil® have caffeine?

No. If pain is keeping you awake at night and you want a medication that can help you fall asleep, learn more about Advil® PM.

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®.

What is Advil® used for?

Advil® temporarily reduces fever and relieves minor aches and pains due to headaches, toothaches, backaches, menstrual cramps, the common cold, muscular aches and the minor pain of arthritis.

Whether it’s joint pain, headache or minor arthritis, Advil® is tough on pain, but gentle on your body.

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.

What is Advil® Menstrual Pain?

Advil® Menstrual Pain provides non-drowsy relief of tough period cramps, headaches and backaches for up to six hours. It targets the cause of menstrual cramps, plus it provides relief of all your period pains. Advil® Menstrual Pain is also caffeine-free and antihistamine-free, so it won’t keep you up at night or make you drowsy during the day and it comes in an easy to swallow tablet. When period pain strikes, choose Advil® Menstrual Pain, the brand OB/GYNs recommend for menstrual pain more than Midol or Pamprin. Powerful pain relief. Period. Learn more about Advil® Menstrual Pain.

Will the pain-relieving effect of Advil® weaken with long-term use?

No. However, while no studies have shown a tolerance build up (or weakening of pain relief power), over-the-counter pain relievers (including Advil®) should not be used for longer than 10 days unless directed by a physician.

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