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Advil (ibuprofen) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.

Advil Warnings and Precautions

Most problems involving heart attack, stroke, and circulation occur from long-term use. Advil can also seriously affect the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation, or the forming of holes. Older adults should be especially aware of these potentially fatal conditions since they are more prone to experience them.

Those who plan to have, or have just had heart bypass surgery should not use Advil. You should also not take Advil if you are allergic to other ibuprofens, or NSAID pain relievers.

If you have one of the following conditions or have had the following conditions in the past, please see a doctor or pharmacist before taking Advil:

  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • blood clot
  • heart disease
  • heart failure
  • high blood pressure
  • stomach ulcers
  • bleeding of the stomach
  • asthma
  • nose polyps
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease

Do not take Advil during the last three months of pregnancy because it can harm the baby. It is unknown if Advil passes through breast milk. Consult your doctor when you become pregnant about the use of Advil.


If you experience any chest pain, symptoms of stomach bleeding, black, bloody, or tarry stools, breathing problems, slurred speech, or problems with vision or balance you should get medical attention. Also, if you cough up blood or have vomit that looks like coffee grounds you should contact your doctor immediately.

Advil Uses

Advil is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by various conditions including headaches, toothaches, arthritis, menstrual cramps, and osteoarthritis. Advil is a brand of ibuprofen that belongs to the class of drugs call (NSAIDs), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Ibuprofen blocks the enzymes that make prostaglandins, which cause fever and inflammation. 


Advil Side Effects

Most side effects of Advil are stomach related, as mentions in the warnings and precautions section. 


Advil Interactions

Do not drink alcohol with Advil since it can increase your risk of stomach bleeding.  Consult your doctor before using Advil with ethanol.  Make your doctor aware of all medications you use, including vitamins and herbs.

Advil Overdose

Take as little Advil as possible to relieve pain. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, drowsiness, coughing up blood, shallow breathing, fainting, black or bloody stools, or coma. An overdose can cause damage to your stomach or intestines.


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