Advil ibuprofen belongs to a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These drugs are used for the management of mild to moderate pain, fever, and inflammation. Pain, fever, and inflammation are promoted by the release in the body of chemicals called prostaglandins. NSAIDs drugs work by blocking the enzyme in your body that makes prostaglandins (cyclooxygenase). Decreasing prostaglandins helps to reduce pain, swelling, and fever.
Advil medicine is used for temporarily relieves of minor aches and pains due to: headache, toothache, backache, menstrual cramps, the common cold, muscular aches, minor pain of arthritis, temporarily reduces fever. This medicine does not cure arthritis and will help you only as long as you continue to take it. To treat migraines the most effective way to use Advil drug is to get to know the very early warning signs of a migraine attack, don't wait until it is bad. As soon as you feel any twinge of a migraine coming on take Advil.
Ibuprofen works by blocking the production of substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation. However, ibuprofen works by inhibiting prostaglandin production. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances in the body that are involved in a wide range of physiological functions, including inflammation.
Directions for use:
For safe and effective use of this medicine, do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than ordered by your doctor. Taking too much of this medicine may increase the chance of unwanted effects, especially in elderly people.
When used for severe or continuing arthritis, Advil must be taken regularly in order for it to help you. This medicine usually begins to work within one week, but in severe cases up to two weeks or even longer may pass before you begin to feel better. Also, several weeks may pass before you feel the full effects of this medicine.
Take Advil medication by mouth with a full glass of water unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this drug. If stomach upset occurs while taking this medication, take it with food, milk, or an antacid. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
Advil belongs to a group of pain relief medications.
Advil Safety Info
Seek emergency medical help if you have symptoms of heart or circulation problems, such as chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, or problems with vision or balance.
Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of Advil can cause damage to your stomach or intestines. The maximum amount of Advil for adults is 800 milligrams per dose or 3200 mg per day (4 maximum doses). Use only the smallest amount of Advil needed to get relief from your pain, swelling, or fever. Avoid taking Advil if you are taking aspirin to prevent stroke or heart attack.
Since Advil is sometimes taken as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Do not drink alcohol while taking Advil. Alcohol can increase the risk of stomach bleeding caused by Advil. Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Advil can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result.
There may be other drugs not listed that can affect Advil. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
- Arthritis: 300-800 mg 3 or 4 times daily
- Minor aches, mild to moderate pain, menstrual cramps, and fever: 200-400 mg every 4 to 6 hours (adults)
- Juvenile arthritis: 20-40 mg/kg/day in 3-4 divided doses
Advil Side Effects
- ringing in the ears
- abdominal pain