Frequently Asked Questions

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Top Dosage and Directions Questions

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.

Does Advil® expire? And is it safe to take expired Advil®?

We do not recommend that Advil® be used after the expiration date. All of our products are assigned an expiration date, which is based upon extensive stability studies. Advil® is effective until the last day of the month noted on the package. There is no evidence to indicate that the ingredients in the product would be harmful if consumed beyond the expiration date. You may not, however, be receiving the amount of each ingredient listed on the label. The potency of the ingredients slowly diminishes over an extended period of time, and the expiration date is determined by the least stable ingredient in the product. To learn more about disposing of expired medication, check our Safety & Storage page.

Can I take Advil® every day?

Advil® should be taken as directed on the label. Stop taking Advil® and talk to your doctor if your pain gets worse or last for more than 10 days, or if your fever gets worse or lasts for more than 3 days.

Can I take Advil® before or after surgery?

You should not take Advil® right before or after heart surgery. Talk to your doctor about whether or not to take Advil® for pain relief for any other surgeries.

How much Advil® should I take?

For adults and children 12 years old and over, take one 200mg tablet, caplet, or Liqui-Gel every 4 to 6 hours while symptoms persist. If your pain or fever doesn’t respond to one pill, two tablets, caplets or Liqui-Gels® may be used. DO NOT take more than 6 tablets, caplets or Liqui-Gels® (1200mg in total) in a 24-hour period, unless directed by a doctor and do not use for more than 10 days. For children under 12, contact your pediatrician.

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.

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®.

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.

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.

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.

Can I take Advil® if I am pregnant or nursing a baby?

If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, you should talk to your doctor before using Advil®. If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. It is especially important not to use ibuprofen during the last 3 months of pregnancy unless definitely directed to do so by a doctor because it may cause problems in the unborn child or complications during delivery.

I have a heart condition. Should I take Advil®?

You should talk to a doctor before taking Advil® if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, kidney disease, asthma, or had a stroke. Do not use right before or after heart surgery.

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.

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