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 you can treat with Advil®.

Discover the differences between Advil® and other medications.

Learn more about the active pain relieving ingredient that Advil® contains.

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.

Will the pain-relieving effect of Advil® weaken with long-term use?

No. While no studies have shown a tolerance build up (or weakening of pain relieving power), over-the-counter pain relievers (including Advil®) should not be used for longer than 10 days unless directed by a physician.

Can Advil® keep me awake?

No. Advil® doesn’t contain caffeine or any other stimulants that can keep you up.

What are the side effects of taking Advil®?

As with all medications, taking Advil® has potential side effects which may include:

  • Hives
  • Facial Swelling
  • Wheezing
  • Rash or blisters
  • Stomach bleeding
  • Chest pain
  • Increased risk of heart attack and stroke

Click here to see a full list of side effects.

If you have certain pre-existing health conditions, be aware that taking Advil® can cause more serious side effects. Click here to learn more.

Is Advil® opioid free?

Yes, Advil® is opioid free. Advil® (Ibuprofen) is a NSAID (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug) which treats acute pain and fever by blocking the formation of pain promoting chemicals at the source and is not addictive. Opioids, on the other hand, work on receptors in the brain to block the transmission of pain. They’re addictive and cause side effects like sedation and euphoria.

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