What is Advil
is in a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs). Advil works by reducing hormones that cause
inflammation and pain in the body.
is used to reduce the fever, pain, inflammation, and stiffness
caused by many conditions, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid
arthritis, and abdominal cramps associated with menstruation.
may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this
General medical information about Advil
Take Advil with food, milk, or an antacid to lessen
Watch for bloody, black, or tarry stools
or blood in the vomit. These symptoms could indicate damage
to the gastrointestinal tract.
If you drink more than
three alcoholic beverages a day, Advil may increase the risk
of stomach bleeding.
Who should not take Advil Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if
- have an allergy to aspirin or any other NSAIDs,
- have an ulcer or bleeding in the stomach,
drink more than three alcoholic beverages a day,
have liver or kidney disease,
- have a coagulation
(bleeding or blood clotting) disorder,
- have congestive
- have fluid retention,
heart disease, or
- have high blood pressure.
You may not be able to take Advil, or you may require a
dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment
if you have any of the conditions listed above.
is not known whether Advil will harm an unborn baby. Advil
should not be taken late in pregnancy (the third trimester)
because a similar drug is known to affect the baby's heart.
Do not take Advil without first talking to your doctor if
you are pregnant.
Advil passes into breast milk in
very small amounts, however it is not expected to harm a
nursing baby. Talk to your doctor before taking Advil if
you are breast-feeding.
How should take Advil Take Advil exactly as directed by your doctor. If
you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist,
nurse, or doctor to explain them to you
each dose with a full glass of water.
Take Advil with
food, milk, or an antacid to lessen stomach upset.
Advil at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
If you miss a dose: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember up to
2 hours late. If more than 2 hours have passed since the
missed dose, skip it and take only the next regularly scheduled
dose. Do not take a double dose.
What happens if you overdose: Seek emergency medical attention.
of a Advil overdose include nausea, vomiting or stomach
pain, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, ringing in the ears,
blurred vision, seizures, sweating, numbness or tingling,
little or no urine production, and slow breathing.
Avoid while taking Advil Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Advil may increase
the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. Use a sunscreen
and wear protective clothing when exposure to the sun is
you drink more than three alcoholic beverages a day, Advil
may increase the risk of stomach bleeding.
Possible side effects of Advil If you experience any of the following serious side
effects, stop taking Advil and seek medical treatment or
call your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction
(difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling
of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
cramps, numbness, or tingling;
- ulcers (open sores)
in the mouth;
- rapid weight gain (fluid retention);
- black, bloody, or tarry stools;
- blood in your urine or vomit;
hearing or ringing in the ears;
- jaundice (yellowing
of the skin or eyes); or
- abdominal cramping, indigestion,
Other, less serious side effects may
be more likely to occur. Continue to take Advil and talk
to your doctor if you experience
- dizziness or headache;
- nausea, gaseousness, diarrhea, or constipation;
- fatigue or weakness;
dry mouth; or
- irregular menstrual periods.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur.
Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual
or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Advil Other prescription and over-the-counter drugs may
increase the effects of Advil and cause dangerous side effects.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following
- another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
(NSAID) such as ketoprofen (Orudis, Orudis KT, Oruvail),
naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve, Anaprox), diclofenac (Voltaren,
Cataflam), etodolac (Lodine), fenoprofen (Nalfon), flurbiprofen
(Ansaid), indomethacin (Indocin), ketorolac (Toradol), nabumetone
(Relafen), oxaprozin (Daypro), piroxicam (Feldene), sulindac
(Clinoril), or tolmetin (Tolectin);
- aspirin or
another salicylate (form of aspirin) such as salsalate (Disalcid),
choline salicylate, and magnesium salicylate;
diuretic (water pill) such as hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ,
HydroDiuril, others), chlorothiazide (Diuril, others), chlorthalidone
(Thalitone), bumetanide (Bumex), ethacrynic acid (Edecrin),
furosemide (Lasix), spironolactone (Aldactone), and amiloride
- an anticoagulant such as warfarin (Coumadin);
- a steroid such as prednisone (Deltasone);
an oral diabetes medication such as glipizide (Glucotrol)
or glyburide (Micronase, Diabeta); or
- lithium (Eskalith,
Talk to your doctor before taking
Advil if you are taking any other medicines, especially
any of the ones listed above.
other than those listed here may also interact with Advil.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription
or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.