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.

Why do Advil® tablets taste sweet?

The coating of Advil® tablets contain a small amount of sugar, which gives them a sweet taste.

What type of closure is on the bottle? Is it child-resistant?

Advil® products are available with child-resistant caps. For those who may suffer from joint pain, Advil® Tablets and Advil® Liqui-Gels® are also available with a non-child resistant, Easy Open Arthritis Cap. Since it is easier to open, make sure to keep the Easy Open Arthritis Cap products out of reach from children.

Is the fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets sugar-coated like regular Advil®?

Fast acting Advil® is Film-Coated, not sugar-coated like Advil® but the coating has a similar sweet taste.

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.

Can Advil® be taken with nutritional supplements?

While Advil® can be taken with nutritional supplements, it’s recommended that you talk about any risks with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Advil® with nutritional supplements.

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 individual Advil® packets available?

Yes, travel-size Advil® packs are available. Check out our Where to Buy page to find a store near you or where to buy Advil® online.

What does the fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated tablet look like?

The tablet is the same shape as regular Advil®, but is lighter in color and Advil® is underlined on the tablet.

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®.

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