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Learn more about Advil and safety

  • No. Advil, when taken at the recommended dose, does not contain any ingredients that are likely to make you sleepy.

    The active ingredient in Advil is ibuprofen, an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) that is a pain reliever and fever reducer. Ibuprofen is the active ingredient in a range of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. Ibuprofen is classed as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

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

  • Ibuprofen, at the recommended dose, is not likely to cause diarrhoea. If however you do experience any side effects, stop taking the medicine and consult your doctor or pharmacist.

  • No. It is not recommended that you consume alcohol whilst taking Advil.

  • When taking Advil, or any medicine for that matter, you should follow the instructions on the packet. In case of overdose, immediately contact the Poisons Information Centre (in Australia, call 13 11 26; in New Zealand call 0800 764 766) for advice. Incorrect use may be harmful.

  • In Australia, most Advil products are available from a pharmacy. Smaller pack sizes of Advil adult tablets and liquid capsules are available in convenience stores and supermarkets.

  • Advil is an ibuprofen-based pain reliever brand that belongs to a class of medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs like Advil are commonly used to manage pain and inflammation (swelling and redness) associated with some common types of musculoskeletal disorders, and treat non-inflammatory conditions such as migraine and period pain, and to reduce fever.

    If you are breastfeeding, please consult your healthcare professional for advice before taking this medicine.

  • No, please do not take Advil if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

  • The dosing instructions do vary between some of the products in the Advil range. Therefore, please refer to the specific dosing instructions on the pack for the specific Advil product being used. In the event you are not sure what the correct dose is, first speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Advil. An incorrect dose may be harmful.

  • No, please do not take Advil if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

  • Over 30 years of studies and use have shown that Advil, when used as directed, is effective at relieving pain. As with all medicines however, some side effects may occur. The risk of side effects may be minimised by using this medicine for the shortest duration necessary to control pain or fever.

    Prior to taking Advil, read the instructions on pack, and/or consult your doctor. Please note that Advil is only indicated for short-term use.

    You should stop use of Advil and consult a doctor if pain or fever worsens or lasts for more than a few days.

  • Advil is an ibuprofen-based pain reliever brand that belongs to a class of medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs like Advil are commonly used to manage pain and inflammation (swelling and redness) associated with some common types of musculoskeletal disorders, and treat non-inflammatory conditions such as migraine and period pain, and to reduce fever.

    If you are breastfeeding, please consult your healthcare professional for advice before taking this medicine.

  • No. It is not recommended that you consume alcohol whilst taking ibuprofen.

  • Advil can be taken by adults and children aged 12 years and over.

    For adults and children aged 12 years and above, Advil Tablets/Liquid Capsules/Rapid Release Tablets include an equivalent of 200 mg of ibuprofen. For these products, it is recommended to take 1 to 2 tablets or capsules, swallowed whole with water. If necessary, repeat dose every 4-6 hours. Do not exceed 6 tablets or liquid capsules in 24 hours. For Advil 12 Hour Extended Release tablets, it is recommended to take 1 tablet swallowed whole with water. Do not split, crush or chew. If necessary, repeat dose after 12 hours. Do not exceed 2 tablets in 24 hours.

    Advil products for children under 12 years have different recommended doses and maximum limits per day depending on the age and weight of the child. Please refer to the specific Advil Children’s product to determine the appropriate dosing for your child.

  • NSAIDs like ibuprofen are commonly used to manage mild to moderate pain (such as headaches, migraine, and period pain), inflammation (redness and swelling) and fever in both adults and children.

    Over-the-counter pain relievers (Advil or otherwise) should not be used for longer than a few days unless directed by a doctor. You should stop use of Advil and consult a doctor if pain or fever worsens or lasts for more than a few days.

  • If you do experience any side effects, stop taking the medicine and consult your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Yes. GSK does not recommend the use of any of its products after the expiry date has lapsed.  Additionally, the product’s stability is contingent upon its proper storage and handling as specified in the product labeling.