Advil PM

Generic Name: Diphenhydramine citrate, Ibuprofen

  • What is this medication?

    Advil PM contains a nighttime sleep-aid and a pain reliever. It is intended for the relief of occasional sleeplessness when associated with minor aches and pains. It is also intended to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Are there any warnings associated with Advil PM?

    Ibuprofen may cause a severe allergic reaction, especially in people allergic to aspirin. If an allergic reaction occurs, stop using this product and seek medical help right away.

    This product contains an NSAID, which may cause severe stomach bleeding. The chance is higher if you are age 60 or older; have stomach ulcers or bleeding problems; take a blood thinning or steroid drug; take other drugs containing prescription or nonprescription NSAIDS (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or others); have 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product; or take more of this product than directed or for a longer time than directed.

    Do not use this product if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other pain reliever/fever reducer.

    Do not use this product unless you have time for a full night's sleep.

    Do not use this product in children under the age of 12.

    Do not use this product right before or after heart surgery.

    Do not use this product with any other product containing diphenhydramine, even one used on the skin.

    Do not use this product if you have sleeplessness without pain.

    When using this product, drowsiness will occur. Avoid alcoholic drinks and do not drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery.

    The risk of a heart attack or stroke may increase if you use more of this product than directed or for longer than directed.

    Stop using this product and ask a doctor if you experience any of these signs of stomach bleeding: feeling faint, vomiting blood, having bloody or black stools, or having stomach pain that does not get better.

    Stop using this product and ask a doctor if the pain gets worse or lasts for more than 10 days, redness or swelling is present in the painful area, or any new symptoms appear.

    Stop using this product and ask a doctor if sleeplessness persists continuously for more than 2 weeks. Insomnia may be a symptom of a serious underlying medical illness.

    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.

    Do not take more of this product than directed.

    Keep this product out of the reach of children. In case of an overdose, get medical help or contact a poison control center right away.

    Read all warnings before use. Keep the carton or card.

  • Should I talk to my doctor before taking Advil PM?

    Talk to a doctor before using this product if you are at risk of stomach bleeding due to the factors listed in the warnings section.

    Talk to a doctor before using this product if you have problems or serious side effects from taking pain relievers or fever reducers or if you have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn.

    Talk to a doctor before using this product if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, kidney disease, asthma, a breathing problem such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, glaucoma, or trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland, or if you are taking a diuretic.

    Talk to a doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you are taking sedatives or tranquilizers, or any other sleep-aid; if you are under a doctor's care for any continuing medical illness; if you are taking any other antihistamines; if you are taking aspirin for heart attack or stroke, because ibuprofen may decrease this benefit of aspirin; or if you are taking any other drug.

    Talk to a health professional before using this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

  • What are the possible side effects of Advil PM?

    Drowsiness will occur. Do not drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery.

    Ibuprofen may cause a severe allergic reaction, especially in people allergic to aspirin. If an allergic reaction occurs, stop using this product and seek medical help right away.

    This medication may cause severe stomach bleeding, since it contains an NSAID. You are more likely to have this problem if you are age 60 or older; take a blood-thinning or steroid drug; have had stomach ulcers or bleeding problems; use other drugs containing prescription or over-the-counter NSAIDS (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or others); take more of this product than directed or take it for a longer time than directed; or consume 3 or more alcoholic drinks daily while using this product.

    Ibuprofen may cause problems in an unborn child or complications during delivery. It is especially important not to use aspirin during the last 3 months of pregnancy unless definitely directed to do so by a doctor.

    The risk of a heart attack or stroke may increase if you use more of this product than directed or for longer than directed.

    Side effects cannot always be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

  • What should I avoid while taking Advil PM?

    Avoid alcoholic drinks while taking this medication.

    Do not drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery while taking this product.

    Do not take this product with any other product containing diphenhydramine, even one used on the skin.

    Do not use this product right before or after heart surgery.

    Do not take more than 2 caplets in 24 hours.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Advil PM?

    The risk of severe stomach bleeding is increased if you take blood thinning or steroid drugs; you take other drugs containing prescription or nonprescription NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or others); or you consume 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product.

    If Advil PM is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Advil PM with any other medication.

  • What is the usual dosage of Advil PM?

    Adults and children 12 years: Take 2 caplets at bedtime. Do not take more than 2 caplets in 24 hours.

    Children <12: Do not use.

  • How should I store Advil PM?

    Store at room temperature. Avoid excessive heat.