Also known as Motrin
Advil (Ibuprofen) is a medication that belongs to the class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used for alleviating pain, reducing swelling, relieving tenderness, and reducing fever associated with various medical conditions including headaches, toothaches, back pain, menstrual pain, arthritis, muscle aches, and common cold symptoms.
This medication works by reducing the production of hormones responsible for inflammation and pain in the body. Advil can be purchased with or without a prescription.
Follow the Advil dosage on the label or as prescribed by your doctor. The maximum adult dose is 800 milligrams per dose or 3200 mg per day (up to 4 maximum doses). To reduce the risk of stomach upset, take Advil with food or milk.
The active ingredient in Advil is Ibuprofen.
Avoid using Advil in larger or smaller amounts or for a longer duration than recommended. Your stomach or intestines can become damaged by an ibuprofen overdose.
Using Advil for an extended period daily raises the chances of encountering severe side effects.
Adults and kids who are at least 2 years old can take Advil.
If you are expecting or nursing a baby, consult a doctor before using this medication.
This medication could have negative interactions with other products that contain ibuprofen (such as Motrin), naproxen (like Aleve or Midol), aspirin, or diclofenac. When it comes to interactions with prescription medications, it is essential to consult your doctor to determine how Advil may interact with your specific prescription.
The most common side effects of Advil may include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, bleeding, dizziness, stomach pain or ulcers, and headache. If you experience any other side effects, contact your doctor immediately.
Before you buy Advil, it is important to consult with your doctor regarding the appropriate duration and dosage of the medication. Prolonged daily use of Advil increases the likelihood of experiencing more severe side effects.
What is ibuprofen?
Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation from various conditions such as headaches, toothaches, back pain, arthritis, menstrual cramps, or minor injuries.
What are the risks associated with ibuprofen?
Ibuprofen can increase the risk of fatal heart attack or stroke and may cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal, especially in older adults.
Who should avoid taking ibuprofen?
Individuals allergic to ibuprofen, with a history of asthma attack or severe allergic reaction after taking aspirin or an NSAID, those with certain health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, liver or kidney disease, or those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult a doctor before using ibuprofen.
How should ibuprofen be taken?
Take ibuprofen exactly as directed on the label or as prescribed by a doctor. Use the lowest effective dose. The maximum amount for adults is 800 milligrams per dose or 3200 mg per day. For children, dosing is based on age and weight. Take with food or milk to lessen stomach upset.
What if I miss a dose of ibuprofen?
If you miss a dose and are not on a regular dosing schedule, skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What should I do in case of ibuprofen overdose?
In case of overdose, seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, drowsiness, black or bloody stools, shallow breathing, fainting, or coma.
Can I take ibuprofen with other medicines?
Consult a doctor or pharmacist before using ibuprofen with other medications, especially certain antidepressants, cyclosporine, lithium, methotrexate, blood thinners, heart or blood pressure medication, or steroids. Avoid taking aspirin unless directed by a doctor.
What are the signs of an allergic reaction to ibuprofen?
Signs of an allergic reaction include hives, difficulty breathing, swelling in the face or throat, severe skin reaction, symptoms of heart attack or stroke like chest pain, sudden numbness, slurred speech, and leg swelling.
Can I take ibuprofen with Ajovy?
There are no known interactions between Ajovy (fremanezumab) and ibuprofen, but consult your doctor before combining these medications due to potential serious side effects of ibuprofen.
Can I take ibuprofen on an empty stomach?
Ibuprofen can be taken on an empty stomach for faster pain relief, as food increases the time it takes for ibuprofen to be absorbed. There is no evidence that taking it with food prevents gastric irritation.