Other brand names:Advil Caplets, Advil Gel Caplets, Advil Liqui-Gels
What is this medication?Advil is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is intended for temporary relief of minor aches and pains related to headaches, backaches, toothaches, the common cold, menstrual cramps, muscle aches, and minor arthritis pain. This medication is also intended for temporarily reducing fevers.
Are there any warnings associated with this medication?Advil can cause a severe allergic reaction, especially in people allergic to aspirin. Symptoms may include hives, wheezing, swelling of the face, shock, skin redness, and blisters or rash. If you have an allergic reaction, stop using Advil and seek medical help immediately.
This medication may cause severe stomach bleeding, since it contains an NSAID. You are more likely to have this problem if you are ≥60 years; you also take a blood-thinning or steroid drug; you have had stomach ulcers or bleeding problems; you use other prescription or over-the-counter drugs containing NSAIDs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen; you take more of the drug or take it for longer than directed; or you consume 3 or more alcoholic drinks daily while using Advil.
Do not use Advil if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any pain-relieving or fever-reducing drug. Also do not use this drug just before or after heart surgery.
Do not take more than directed and the smallest effective dose should be used.
When using this product, the risk of heart attack or stroke may increase if you use more than directed or for longer than directed.
Stop using the drug and talk to your doctor if you have any of these signs of stomach bleeding: faintness, vomit containing blood, bloody or black stools, or stomach pain that fails to get better. Also stop using Advil and talk to your doctor if you have pain that gets worse or lasts more than 10 days; fever that gets worse or persists more than 3 days; redness or swelling in the area causing you pain; or any new symptoms.
Keep Advil out of the reach of children. In the event of an overdose, seek medical help or contact a poison control center immediately.
Should I talk to my doctor before taking this medication?Talk to your doctor before using Advil if you are at risk of stomach bleeding due to the factors listed in the warnings section. Also talk to your doctor before using this medication if pain relievers or fever reducers lead to problems or serious side effects for you; you have had a history of heartburn or other stomach problems; you are taking a diuretic medication; or you have high blood pressure, liver cirrhosis, asthma, heart disease, or kidney disease.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication if you are under a doctor's care for any serious medical problem, you are using aspirin for heart attack or stroke, or you are taking any other drug.
Talk to your doctor before using if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What are the possible side effects of this medication?If you use more of this medication than directed or take it longer than directed, your risk of heart attack or stroke may go up.
Women should not use Advil during the last 3 months of pregnancy unless specifically told to do so by a doctor, since it may cause problems in the unborn child or cause problems during the delivery.
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 are possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?If Advil is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Advil with any other medication.
What is the usual dosage?Adults and children ≥12 years: Take one 200-milligram (mg) tablet, caplet, gel caplet, or Liqui-Gel every 4-6 hours while symptoms last. You can use 2 tablets if 1 tablet does not have an effect on your pain or fever. Do not take more than 6 tablets in 24 hours, unless a doctor has directed you to do so. Take the smallest dose that you find effective. Take Advil with food or milk if you have stomach upset after taking it.
Children <12 years: Talk to your doctor.
How should I store this medication?Store at room temperature. Avoid excessive heat above 40°C (104°F).