This medication is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by conditions such as toothache, headache, arthritis, back pain, minor injury, or menstrual cramps. Advil is also used to reduce fever. Advil works by lessening hormones that cause pain in the body and inflammation.
This medication should be stored at room temperature. Keep the medication away from light and moisture. Do not freeze the liquid formula of the medication.
Before using this medicine, tell your health care providers about any of the following: if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding; asthma; a history of heart attack, blood clot, or stroke; congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, heart disease; a bleeding or blood clotting disorder; polyps in your nose; liver or kidney disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); or if you smoke.
This medication can increase your risk of life-threatening circulation or heart problems such as heart attack or stroke. The longer you use Advil, the higher the risk. When taking Advil, contact emergency medical help immediately if you have symptoms of heart or circulation problems including shortness of breath, slurred speech, chest pain, problems with vision or balance, or weakness. Advil also increases risk of serious effects on the intestines or stomach such as perforation (forming a hole) or bleeding. Without warning, it can be fatal and gastrointestinal effects can occur, especially in older adults. If you experience the following symptoms, contact emergency medical help immediately: bloody, black, or tarry stools or coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
Read the directions on the prescription label. Take this medication as directed on the label or by your pharmacist, doctor, or other healthcare provider.Do not take larger doses than prescribed by your doctor because it can cause damage to your stomach or intestines. An adult’s maximum amount is 4 doses of 800 milligrams or 3200mg per day. To relieve pain, fever, or swelling, take the smallest amount of Advil. Take the medication with food or milk because it can cause stomach upset. If you are using the liquid formulation, shake well before measuring a dose on a measuring spoon or medicine cup. Do not use a regular table spoon. If you are using the chewable tablet, the tablet must be chewed before swallowing. Patients taking Advil for a long period of time will need regular doctor appointments to ensure the medication is not causing harmful effects to the body. It is important not to miss any doctor appointments.
Do not take this medication if you recently had a baby or are pregnant. Do not take Advil if you are going in or coming out of a heart bypass surgery (also known as a coronary artery bypass graft or CABG). Also, do not take Advil if you are allergic to Advil, aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs).
Severe: Black, bloody, or tarry stools; swelling or rapid weight gain; urinating less than usual or not at all; fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; fever, headache, neck stiffness, chills, increased sensitivity to light, purple spots on the skin, and/or seizure (convulsions); chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, problem with vision or balance; or coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
Common: Bloating, gas; skin itching or rash; ringing in your ears; upset stomach, mild heartburn, diarrhea, constipation; dizziness, headache, nervousness; or blurred vision.