Frequently Asked Questions

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Find answers to your questions about Advil® products.

Find answers to your questions about Advil® dosage.

Find out about the symptoms, and types of pain, that Advil® treats.

Learn about the differences between Advil® and other medications.

Learn more about the pain relieving ingredient in Advil®.

Find directions about how to take Advil®.

Get answers to your questions about Advil® safety.

Learn about the potential side effects of taking Advil®.

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.

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.

What are NSAIDs?

NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are a group of chemical compounds that often are chemically unrelated but share therapeutic actions such as analgesic (pain-relieving) and antipyretic (fever-reducing) effects.

Can I take Advil® if I have a hangover?

We don’t recommend taking Advil® if you have a hangover. NSAIDs, like Advil®, can cause severe stomach bleeding, especially if taken at higher doses. Those chances become even higher if you have 3 or more alcoholic drinks a day while taking Advil®.

Is Advil® bad for my liver?

When used as directed, adverse effects on the liver are uncommon. Effects on the liver are rare but may include liver disorder, abnormal liver function, hepatitis and jaundice, and, they may occur at higher than recommended OTC doses.

Consult your doctor before taking Advil® if you have liver cirrhosis, or any other concerns about taking this product.

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