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Advil
(ibuprofen)

Relafen
(nabumetone)

Relieves pain, fever, and swelling. Advil (ibuprofen) works well for treating fever, inflammation, and a variety of mild to moderate pain conditions, but it doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs.Coming soon.
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5.49ibuprofen
Reviews for ibuprofen
88%
of people (All ages) say ibuprofen is worth it
52%
say it works well
4%
say it's a big hassle
892 reviews
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Side effects
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The ibuprofen FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
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Advil (ibuprofen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It stops the inflammation process in your body, which relieves pain, swelling, and fever.Coming soon.
Type of medication
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Over-the-counter
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Suspension
  • Pill
Used for
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  • Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • History of heart problems
  • Taking Advil (ibuprofen) for a long period of time
  • History of stomach bleeding
  • Age 60 or older
  • Taking aspirin, other NSAIDs, or blood thinners
Detailed Advil (ibuprofen) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Food
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    • Take it with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
    • It needs to be taken with food or millk to avoid getting an upset stomach.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
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    • Advil (ibuprofen) can damage your kidneys. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Talk to your doctor if this worries you, or if you already have kidney damage before you start taking Advil (ibuprofen).
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
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    • Do not take for more than 10 days for pain relief or more than 3 days for fever. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not go away.
    • Good for relieving pain due to common conditions like menstrual cramps, toothaches, backaches, and sports-related injuries.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
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    • Advil (ibuprofen) is effective for treating fever, pain, and inflammation.
    • Good for relieving pain due to common conditions like menstrual cramps, toothaches, backaches, and sports-related injuries.
    • Advil (ibuprofen) is generally safe to use, cheap, and available over-the-counter.
    • Advil (ibuprofen) causes less stomach problems than its alternatives.
    • It comes in different flavored liquid forms that makes it easy for children to take.
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    Downsides and risks
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    • Advil (ibuprofen) doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs, so you need to take it a few times a day to get relief of your symptoms.
    • It needs to be taken with food or millk to avoid getting an upset stomach.
    • Advil (ibuprofen) is not as safe as other alternatives for pregnant women and people who are age 60 or older.
    • It can cause serious complications like stomach bleeding and kidney problems if taken for a long period of time.
    • Like all NSAIDs, Advil (ibuprofen) can raise your risk of getting blood clots, a heart attack, or stroke.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • Starts working in about 30 to 60 minutes.
    • Take it with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
    • Do not take for more than 10 days for pain relief or more than 3 days for fever. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not go away.
    • If you normally take a daily aspirin, make sure to take Advil (ibuprofen) at least 30 minutes after taking aspirin or more than 8 hours before taking aspirin. This will help make sure the aspirin still works in your body.
    • Advil (ibuprofen) increases the risk of stomach bleeding so tell your doctor right away if you experience any bleeding.
    • If you are allergic to aspirin, there is a chance you may be allergic to Advil (ibuprofen) as well.
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