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.

Can I take Advil® if I have a heart condition?

Talk to your doctor before taking Advil® if you have a history of heart problems like high blood pressure or heart disease. Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs can increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure or stroke, so it’s important to how they might affect your specific condition.

Should I chew Advil®?

No, Advil® is designed to be swallowed. However, we do make a chewable option for children aged 6-11.

Is it possible to overdose on Advil®?

When used as directed, it is not possible to overdose on Advil®. Signs of overdose are known to occur at 40x the maximum daily dose (1200mg). This low toxicity profile makes Advil® a safe and effective pain reliever for multiple aches and pains.

Does Advil® make you sleepy?

Advil® does not contain any ingredients or antihistamines that would make you sleepy. If you are suffering from occasional sleeplessness associated with pain, Advil® PM combines the pain-relieving power of Advil® with a non-habit forming sleep aid, diphenhydramine.

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