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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions about Advil®

Adult Pain Management

What is Advil® effective for?

Advil® temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to: headache, back pain, muscle pain, period pain, dental pain, arthritis pain, sore throat pain, symptoms of cold and flu. Advil also temporarily reduces fever.

How does Advil®  work?

Body chemicals called prostaglandins produces pain and fever. Advil acts by blocking the body's production of prostaglandins, therefore reducing pain and fever.

What is the difference between Advil® Tablets and Advil® Liquid Capsules?

Advil Tablets are the original round form of Advil which has been providing pain relief for years. Advil® Liquid Capsules contain solubilized ibuprofen, which is a form that quickly absorbs into the body to help provide fast pain relief.

How does Advil® Liquid Capsules compare to standard Nurofen® Tablets?

In head-to-head clinical studies, Advil® Liquid Capsules have been found to be absorbed 2X FASTER compared to standard Nurofen® tablets.

How are Advil® Liquid Capsules different from other pain relievers?

Advil® Liquid Capsules are manufactured using patented technology and contain a solubilised form of ibuprofen inside a soft capsule shell. As the ibuprofen is in a liquid form, it is absorbed fast by the body.

If I have a headache, how is Advil different to paracetamol tablets?

Ibuprofen (such as that in Advil) provides significantly greater pain relief compared to paracetamol for tough headaches (moderate to severe tension type headaches).3

What is the active ingredient of Advil?

The active ingredient is ibuprofen, a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) that is a pain reliever and fever reducer.

What does “solubilized ibuprofen” mean?

"Solubilized ibuprofen" is ibuprofen that has been completely dissolved in a liquid centre inside a soft capsule shell. In the case of Advil Liquid Capsules, the solubilized ibuprofen is in a liquid centre inside a soft capsule shell.

Does Advil contain aspirin?


Do I have to take Advil® with food?

It is not necessary to take Advil® with food. However, it may help to take it with food or milk if an upset stomach occurs. Consult your doctor before taking any analgesic if you have a sensitive stomach or a history of stomach problems such as heartburn, upset stomach or stomach pain.

Is Advil easy to swallow?

Advil product forms (Liquid Capsules and Tablets) are easy to swallow.

How long does the effect of Advil® Tablets and Liquid Capsules last?

Advil® can provide up to 4– 6 hours of effective pain relief.

Can I use my pack of Advil beyond the expiration date?

It is not recommended to use the product past its expiration date as the effectiveness of the ingredients is only assured until the date printed on the package.

Can Advil be taken with herbal supplements?

Herbal supplements may contain complex formulations of ingredients that can interact with medications. Therefore, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking herbal supplements before taking Advil.

Can Advil be taken with other OTC medications, e.g. other analgesics, antibiotics, cold remedies, etc.?

We recommend that you contact your physician if you are using other specific medications before taking Advil. Advil should not be taken with any other product containing paracetamol, ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory medicine.

Can Advil be taken with nutritional supplements?

While Advil can be taken with nutritional supplements, it is recommended that you discuss it with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Advil.

Will this product interact with my prescription medication?

As with any medication, before taking Advil, you should discuss using Advil or any pain reliever with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any condition that requires taking a prescription medication.

Will the pain-relieving effect of Advil diminish with long-term use?

No. Build-up of tolerance has not been observed. However, bear in mind that over-the-counter pain relievers (Advil or otherwise) should not be used for longer than a few days unless directed by a physician.

Can I take Advil if I am pregnant or nursing a baby?

As with any medication, if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, you should seek the advice of a healthcare professional before using an Advil product. It is especially important not to use ibuprofen during the last three months of pregnancy.

Does Advil® make you sleepy?

Drowsiness is not an expected effect when doses of product are taken as directed on the label.

Is ibuprofen addictive? Will it cause withdrawal symptoms?

No. Ibuprofen is not habit forming, nor does it demonstrate addictive properties. Withdrawal symptoms have not been observed. Advil is nonnarcotic.

Does Advil cause ulcers?

Ibuprofen may cause ulcers but usually at higher prescription doses or when administered for long periods of time. Studies have proven that Advil is safe and effective when taken as directed. If you have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn, consult your doctor before using Advil.

Will Advil cure my arthritis?

There is no known cure for arthritis. Advil (at the recommended OTC dose) is indicated for the temporary relief of minor pain associated with arthritis. For more information on the appropriate treatment of arthritis, consult your healthcare professional.

Where can I buy Advil?

Advil can be purchased from your pharmacy and grocery retail outlets. Some products within the Advil Children’s range can only be purchased from pharmacy outlets.

Children’s Pain Management

How long does Advil® Children’s Pain & Fever reduce fever?

Advil® Children’s Pain & Fever helps reduce fever for up to 8 hours.

How long does the effect of Advil® Children’s Pain & Fever last?

Advil® Children's Pain & Fever can provide relief for your child’s pain and fever up to 6-8 hours.

How do I choose the right product for my child?

Advil Pain Relief Finder, located on this website, will help guide you towards what is available for you child in the Advil Children’s Pain & Fever range. You can also speak with your pharmacist to confirm you have chosen the right Advil product for your child’s age and needs.

Can I use Advil® Children’s Pain & Fever for all my children?

Advil® Infants Pain and Fever is formulated for babies aged 3 months to 2 years old. Advil® Children’s Pain & Fever is formulation for children aged 2 to 12 years. Children aged 12 years and above can be given an adult formulation. Talk to your pharmacist if you have any questions regarding dosage for children in this age group.

What is the difference between Advil® Children’s and regular strength Advil®?

Advil® Infants is formulated for infants aged 3 months – 2 years, while Advil®Children’s is specially formulated for children ages 2 - 12, with specific dosing instructions based on a child’s weight and age. Regular Advil® tablets are indicated for use by adults and children 12 years of age and older.

Are there interactions with any prescription or OTC medications for my child?

Yes, there is a potential for interaction with other medications. Speak with your child's healthcare provider before using Advil Children’s with other medications.

Can the product be taken with other medications (i.e., antibiotic, cold remedies, etc.) or with nutritional supplements?

Speak with your child’s healthcare provider about using Advil Children’s with other medications. Do not use this product with any other product that contains ibuprofen or any other fever reducer/pain reliever or any other anti-inflammatory medicine unless directed by a healthcare provider. While Advil Children’s can be taken with nutritional supplements, it is recommended that you discuss with your child’s doctor or healthcare provider before taking Advil Children’s.

What should I do if my child develops an upset stomach after taking the product?

You should stop taking the medicine and consult your healthcare provider or doctor with any questions if the child develops an upset stomach or vomits.

What should I do if my child has taken an overdose of the Advil Children’s?

We recommend that you contact a poison control centre or local emergency room immediately.

Can I give my child another dose of Advil Children’s if the fever increases before the recommended six hours have passed?

We do not recommend administering another dose before 6 hours have passed. Talk to your healthcare provider about using an additional dose before 6 hours have passed. In any case, if you note that the fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days, stop the use of the product and consult your healthcare provider or doctor.

Can I tell whether or not my child has a fever by feeling his/her forehead?

Feeling the forehead to determine if a child has a fever can be misleading. You should consult your doctor for specific recommendations for measuring your child's temperature.

Do other symptoms accompany a fever?

A fever may be associated with flushing, sweating, shivering, muscle aches, and/or headache. Lack of appetite and a feeling of lethargy can also accompany a fever. An important thing to think about in children is dehydration (loss of fluid), which can become serious if not carefully monitored. You should consult your doctor with any questions.

Where can I find emergency contact information for children?

A useful list of emergency and assistance phone numbers, including help lines and hospitals in Australia can be accessed via this downloadable file.

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  1. 1Abstract of data on file (2 x 200mg Advil Liquid Capsules vs. 2 x 200mg regular Nurofen tablets
  2. 2Abstract of data on file (2 x 200mg Advil Liquid Capsules vs. 2 x 200mg regular Nurofen tablets
  3. 3Schachtel BP. Nonprescription Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen in the Treatment of Tension-Type Headache. J Clin Pharmacol 1996; 36:1120-1125
  4. 4Summary of data on file (2 x 200mg Advil Liquid Capsules clinically proven up to 14 minutes faster than 2 x 500mg paracetamol tablets)