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Advil

(Ibuprofen)

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  • Oral suspension
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Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation.

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Advil (Ibuprofen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, but it doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs.

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Upsides

  • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
  • Good for menstrual cramps, toothaches, body aches, and mild arthritis pain.
  • Ibuprofen works as well as aspirin in treating pain and causes fewer stomach problems.
  • Ibuprofen works better than acetaminophen (Tylenol) at lowering fever and relieving sinus pain.
  • Although not without side effects, it's been around for a long time and is generally safe for short-term use.
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Downsides

  • Ibuprofen doesn't work as long as other NSAIDs, so follow the package directions on how often you can take it.
  • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Can't be taken by pregnant women.
  • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
  • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.

What to expect when you take Advil (Ibuprofen) for Pain

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Risks and Warnings for Advil (Ibuprofen)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heart problems
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes
    • Smoking

    Advil (Ibuprofen) can increase your chance of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke. Taking the lowest dose that works for you, for the shortest time possible, will lower your risk of having this problem. Don't take Advil (Ibuprofen) after having heart surgery for at least two weeks.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

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Common concerns from people taking Advil (Ibuprofen)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent upset stomach.
  • Take with food! Keep track of when you take your doses.
Kidneys and liver
  • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
  • Advil (Ibuprofen) is an NSAID that can lower kidney function or cause damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Your doctor should check your kidney function if you take Advil (Ibuprofen) for any amount of time.
Pain
  • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
  • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
  • if you get stomach pain you can eat some food before taking the medication to coat your stomach and completely avoid pain
  • Good for stomach pain
  • Good for fever, and can make my head hurt less but doesnt make pain go away. Also it didnt work at all for muscle pain after injury, I had to use stronger meds