Advil

(ibuprofen)

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Relieves pain, fever, and swelling.

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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.

Quick facts about ibuprofen
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ibuprofen)
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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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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How it works

Advil (ibuprofen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It stops the inflammation process in your body, which relieves pain, swelling, and fever.

Quick facts about ibuprofen
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ibuprofen)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Suspension
People’s experience with ibuprofen

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What to expect when you take Advil (ibuprofen) for Fever

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Side effect rates for Advil (ibuprofen)

Risks and Warnings for Advil (ibuprofen)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heart problems
    • Taking Advil (ibuprofen) for a long period of time

    Advil (ibuprofen) can increase your chances of getting blood clots, a heart attack, or stroke. To lower the risk of having these problems, take the medicine at the lowest dose and for the shortest time possible. Talk to your doctor right away if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness in 1 side of the body, or difficulty speaking.

    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.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Advil (ibuprofen)

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Food
  • 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.
  • Reviewed ibuprofenon 7/1/2016Take with food! Keep track of when you take your doses.
    29
    Woman
    Pain
Kidneys and liver
  • 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).
Pain
  • 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.
  • Reviewed ibuprofenon 2/23/2017if you get stomach pain you can eat some food before taking the medication to coat your stomach and completely avoid pain
    23
    Man
    Less than a week
    Pain
  • Reviewed ibuprofenon 10/25/2016Good 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
    20
    Man
    Pain
  • Reviewed ibuprofenon 9/22/2016Take it when pain is mild, before it escalates. Take with a snack or milk to reduce risk of GI bleeding. Do not exceed recommended dose.
    37
    Woman
    Pain

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