Generic name: Ibuprofen.

Other brand names: Genpril, Medipren, Motrin, PediaProfen.

Advil is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by blocking the production of prostaglandins, which may trigger pain. 

Quick Facts About Advil


Used to treat the inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Also used to relieve menstrual pain.

Advil Dosage

May take with food or antacid to prevent stomach Iirritation. Suspension form may be given with food if it causes stomach irritation in children.

  • Usual adult dose: for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis — 1,200 to 3,200 milligrams per day divided into 3 or 4 doses; not to exceed 3,200 milligrams per day. For mild to moderate pain — 400 milligrams every 4 to 6 hours. For menstrual pain — 400 milligrams every 4 hours. Seniors — doctors determine dose to the particular needs of the individual. Now comes in suspension/drops.
  • Usual child dose (children 12 months to 12 years): for fever reduction (suspension only) — 5 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight if temperature is less than 102.5° F, or 10 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight if temperature is greater than 102.5° F. Do not exceed 40 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight in one day.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almost W time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Advil Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

abdominal pain, acute renal failure, blurred vision, disorientation, dizziness, drowsiness, gastric irritation, intense headache, lethargy, mental confusion, nausea, numbness, paresthesia, vomiting. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: abdominal cramps or pain, abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, fluid retention and swelling, headache, heartburn, indigestion, itching, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, rash, ringing in ears, stomach pain, vomiting.

Less commonAdvil  side effects: abdominal bleeding, anemia, black stool, blood in urine, blurred vision, changes in heartbeat, chills, confusion, congestive heart failure, depression, dry eyes and mouth, emotional volatility, fever, hair loss, hearing loss, hepatitis, high blood pressure, hives, inability to sleep, inflammation of nose, inflammation of the pancreas or stomach, kidney failure, severe allergic reactions, shortness of breath, skin eruptions, sleepiness, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (peeling skin), stomach or upper intestinal ulcer, ulcer of gums, vision loss, wheezing, yellow eyes and skin.



Do not take with Aspirin or other anti-inflammator/ medications such as Naprosyn unless prescribed by your doctor.

Inform your doctor before combining Advil with:

blood pressure medications such as Vasotec and Aldomet; blood thinners such as Coumadin; diuretics such as Lasix and HydroDIURIL; Lithium (Lithonate); Methotrexate.

Avoid using alcohol with this medication.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. May appear in breast milk, could affect a nursing infant.

Doctor will vary dosage levels according to individual needs for seniors.

Suspension form contains sucrose. Inform your doctor if your child monitors his or her sugar intake.

  • Should not take Advil if you have sensitivity to Advil, Aspirin or similar drugs; asthma attacks caused by Aspirin or similar medications; or if you have an-gioedema (skin eruptions).
  • Peptic ulcers and bleeding may occur without warning.
  • Use with caution if you have kidney or liver disease.
  • Can cause water retention; use with caution if you have high blood pressure or poor heart function.
  • If you have an infection, closely monitor it; Advil may mask the usual signs.

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