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Advil

(ibuprofen)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

01933531 ADVIL IBUPROFEN CAPLET 200MG
02230541 ADVIL GEL-CAPLETS 200MG
02241769 ADVIL LIQUI-GELS 200MG CAPSULE
01933558 ADVIL IBUPROFEN 200MG TABLET
02248231 ADVIL EXTRA STRENGTH LIQUI-GELS 400MG CAPSULE
02244577 ADVIL EXTRA STRENGTH CAPLETS 400MG
02242522 ADVIL PEDIATRIC DROPS 40MG/ML
02246403 ADVIL JUNIOR STRENGTH CHEWABLE TABLETS 100MG
02232297 CHILDREN'S ADVIL SUSPENSION 100MG/5ML
02328445 ADVIL PEDIATRIC DROPS FEVER FROM COLDS/FLU SUSP 40MG/ML
02328437 CHILDREN'S ADVIL FEVER FROM COLDS/FLU SUSP 100MG/5ML
02355701 ADVIL MUSCLE AND JOINT 400MG TABLETS
02328429 JUNIOR STRENGTH ADVIL FEVER FROM COLDS/FLU 100MG CHEWABLE TABS

Feeling under the weather?

Could your symptoms be signs of the flu?

Answer a few quick yes-or-no questions to help get you on the road to diagnosis and recovery!


Do I have the flu?

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  • sudden onset of fever or
  • sudden onset of cough


  • fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • sore throat
  • body or muscle aches
  • chills
  • headache
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • poor appetite
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea


  • people 65 years old or over
  • children under 5 years old
  • pregnant women
  • people who are obese
  • people living in a long-term care facility or nursing home
  • people with any of the following medical conditions:
    • asthma
    • cancer
    • chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
    • diabetes
    • heart disease
    • kidney disease
    • weakened immune system (e.g., HIV/AIDS)


YES YES      NO NO

It's unlikely that you have the flu.

You may have the flu.

You probably have the flu.

But you do have at least 1 risk factor that puts you at risk of flu complications. If you do experience any flu symptoms, talk to your doctor or visit a walk-in clinic as soon as possible.

And you may also have at least 1 risk factor that put you at risk of flu complications.

Talk to your doctor or visit a walk-in clinic if your symptoms concern you or if they get worse.

Talk to your doctor or visit a walk-in clinic as soon as possible.

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Know the flu basics and how you can protect yourself and your family.

NOTE: If your symptoms still concern you, speak to your doctor or go to a walk-in clinic as soon as possible.

Flu complications include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, or worsening of existing chronic conditions

If your doctor prescribes an antiviral medication, start the medication within 48 hours after your symptoms begin. Antivirals, when started within 48 hours after symptoms begin, can help relieve flu symptoms and make the flu less severe.

Home treatment options for the flu include getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids, treating symptoms (such as using a pain reliever for body aches and fever), and avoiding contact with others.

Other treatment options for the flu include home treatments like getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids, treating symptoms (such as using a pain reliever for body aches and fever), and avoiding contact with others.

Get the facts about the 2 main types of medications used to treat the flu and home treatments you can try.

If you experience any of these severe symptoms, seek medical help right away:

  • shortness of breath, rapid or difficulty breathing
  • chest pain
  • bluish or grey skin colour
  • bloody or coloured mucus/spit
  • severe or continuous vomiting
  • sudden dizziness or confusion
  • high fever that's lasted more than 3 days
  • low blood pressure
  • stiff neck, sensitivity to light

Other resources about flu:


How does Advil work? What will it do for me?

Ibuprofen belongs to the class of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is used to treat fever and mild to moderate pain caused by inflammation. It is believed to work by stopping the production of prostaglandins, which cause inflammation.

Ibuprofen can be used to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, menstrual cramps, sprains, strains, backache, headaches, migraine, muscular aches and pain, sore throat, cold and flu, and dental pain.

In children under 12, ibuprofen is used for fever and pain due to colds, sore throat, immunization, and earache.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Advil?

The recommended adult dose of ibuprofen is 200 mg to 400 mg every 4 to 6 hours as required. The maximum daily dose is 1,200 mg.

The dose of ibuprofen for children is based on body weight and age. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for specific dosing information. Children should not take more than 40 mg/kg each day.

Take ibuprofen with food or milk to minimize side effects such as heartburn and stomach upset. The suspension form should be shaken well before using. Use an oral syringe to measure each dose of the liquid, as it gives a more accurate measurement than household teaspoons.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from heat and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Advil come in?

Tablets/Caplets (Sugar-coated)
Each brown, sugar-coated tablet/caplet contains ibuprofen 200 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: acetylated monoglyceride, beeswax, corn starch, croscarmellose sodium, ethoxyethanol, iron oxides, lecithin, microcrystalline cellulose, parabens, pharmaceutical glaze, pharmaceutical shellac, povidone, pregelatinized starch, propylene glycol, silicon dioxide, simethicone, sodium benzoate, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearic acid, sucrose, and titanium dioxide.

Gel Caplets
Each beige brown, gelatin-coated gel-caplet contains ibuprofen 200 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: corn starch, croscarmellose sodium, FD&C Red No.40, FD&C Yellow No.6, gelatin, glycerin, hypromellose, iron oxides, medium chain triglycerides, pregelatinized starch, propyl gallate, propylene glycol, silicon dioxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearic acid, titanium dioxide, and triacetin.

Liqui-Gels
Each green, transparent, gelatin capsule contains ibuprofen 200 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: FD&C Green No.3, gelatin, polyethylene glycol, potassium hydroxide, purified water, sorbitan, sorbitol, and titanium dioxide.

Extra Strength Caplets
Each brown film-coated caplet contains ibuprofen 400 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, iron oxides, lecithin, pharmaceutical shellac, polyethylene glycol, pregelatinized starch, propylene glycol, silicon dioxide, simethicone, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearic acid, talc, and titanium dioxide.

Advil Muscle and Joint Tablets
Each brown film-coated tablet contains ibuprofen 400 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, iron oxides, lecithin, pharmaceutical shellac, polyethylene glycol, pregelatinized starch, propylene glycol, silicon dioxide, simethicone, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearic acid, talc, and titanium dioxide.

Extra Strength Liqui-Gels
Each colourless, oval capsule contains ibuprofen 400 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: gelatin, iron oxide, lecithin, medium chain triglycerides, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl acetate phthalate, potassium hydroxide, propylene glycol, purified water, sorbitan, and sorbitol.

Advil Pediatric Drops and Advil Pediatric Drops Fever from Colds or Flu (Suspension)

Dye-Free Grape Flavour
Each 5 mL of white to off-white suspension contains ibuprofen 200 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: artificial flavours, citric acid, disodium EDTA, glycerin, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, sodium benzoate, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, sorbitol, sucrose, and xanthan gum.

Fruit Flavor
Each 5 mL of translucent red suspension with sweet fruity odour contains ibuprofen 200 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: artificial flavors, citric acid, disodium EDTA, FD&C Red No. 40, glycerin, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, sodium benzoate, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, sorbitol, sucrose, and xanthan gum.

Grape Flavor
Each 5 mL of translucent purple suspension with sweet fruity odour contains ibuprofen 200 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: artificial flavors, citric acid, disodium EDTA, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, glycerin, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, sodium benzoate, sodium carboxymethylcellulose sorbitol, sucrose, and xanthan gum.

Children's Advil and Children's Advil Fever from Colds or Flu

Blue Raspberry Flavor
Each 5 mL of translucent blue suspension with sweet fruity odor contains ibuprofen 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: artificial flavors, citric acid, disodium EDTA, FD&C Blue No. 1, glycerin, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, sodium benzoate, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, sodium citrate, sorbitol, sucrose, and xanthan gum.

Dye-free Grape Flavour
Each 5 mL of white to off-white suspension contains ibuprofen 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: artificial flavors, citric acid, disodium EDTA, glycerin, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, sodium benzoate, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, sorbitol, sucrose, water, and xanthan gum.

Fruit Flavor
Each 5 mL of translucent red suspension with sweet fruity odor contains ibuprofen 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: artificial flavors, citric acid, disodium EDTA, FD&C Red No. 40, glycerin, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, sodium benzoate, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, sorbitol, sucrose, water, and xanthan gum.

Grape Flavor
Each 5 mL of translucent purple suspension with sweet fruity odor contains ibuprofen 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: artificial flavors, citric acid, disodium EDTA, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, glycerin, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, sodium benzoate, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, sorbitol, sucrose, water, and xanthan gum.

Advil Junior Strength Chewable Tablets and Advil Junior Strength Fever from Colds or Flu Chewable Tablets

Fruit Flavor
Each ½" round, mottled red, flat-faced, bevelled-edge tablet with "Advil 100" debossed on one side and a bisect on the other, contains ibuprofen 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: aspartame (contains phenylalanine), cellulose acetate phthalate, D&C Red No. 27 Lake, FD&C Red No. 40 Lake, gelatin, magnasweet, magnesium stearate, mannitol, microcrystalline cellulose, natural and artificial flavors, silicon dioxide, and sodium starch glycolate.

Grape Flavor
Each ½" round, mottled purple, flat-faced, bevelled-edge tablet with "Advil 100" debossed on one side and a bisect on the other, contains ibuprofen 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: aspartame (contains phenylalanine), cellulose acetate phthalate, D&C Red No. 30 Lake, FD&C Blue No. 2 Lake, gelatin, magnasweet, magnesium stearate, mannitol, microcrystalline cellulose, natural and artificial flavors, silicon dioxide, and sodium starch glycolate.

Blue Raspberry Flavour
Each ½" round, mottled blue, flat-faced, bevelled-edge tablet with "Advil 100" debossed on one side and a bisect on the other contains ibuprofen 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: aspartame (contains phenylalanine), cellulose acetate phthalate, FD&C Blue No. 1 Lake, FD&C Blue No. 2 Lake, gelatin, magnasweet, magnesium stearate, mannitol, microcrystalline cellulose, natural and artificial flavors, silicon dioxide, and sodium starch glycolate.

Who should NOT take Advil?

Do not use this medication if you:

  • are allergic to ibuprofen or any ingredients of this medication
  • are currently taking other NSAIDs
  • are pregnant
  • have an active peptic ulcer, a history of recurring ulcers, or an active inflammatory disease of the digestive system (such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
  • have nasal polyps, or have had asthma, an allergic reaction or allergic-type reaction (e.g., difficulty breathing, wheezing, itchy skin rash, swelling of the face, throat, or tongue) to ASA (acetylsalicylic acid) or any other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; e.g., ketorolac, indomethacin, naproxen)
  • have severely reduced kidney function or kidney disease
  • have severely reduced liver function or liver disease
  • have systemic lupus erythematosus

Do not give this medication to children who have kidney disease or have suffered significant fluid loss.

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