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Advil

(Ibuprofen)

  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Oral suspension
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Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation.

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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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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  • 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.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Advil (Ibuprofen)

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These are side effects of Advil (Ibuprofen) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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

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  • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent upset stomach.
  • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily and it can also cause stomach ulcers.
  • Don't take it with other blood thinners, like aspirin, unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.

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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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Advil (Ibuprofen)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent upset stomach.
  • Take 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.
    Age: 37
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Pain
  • good if u don`t mind taking it 3 x a day with food
    Age: 63
    Gender: Man
    Taken for: Pain
  • Take with food! Keep track of when you take your doses.
    Age: 29
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Pain
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • 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.