What is Advil?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Generic name: Ibuprofen

See also: Advil Liqui-Gel

Advil is the brand name for a range of formulations containing ibuprofen, manufactured by Wyeth Consumer Healthcare. Some formulations include extra ingredients to treat symptoms of allergies, cold, flu, or migraine.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 171 46
Migraine 39 11
Headaches 26 5
Degenerative Disc Disease 18 4
General health 18 2
Fibromyalgia 16 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 6
Mild 15
None 76

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Advil

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 4
Upset stomach 4
Back pain 2
Bladder infection 1
Fatigue 1
Gastric Ulcer 1

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Advil

Dosage Patients
2 200mg as needed 7
200mg as needed 5
400 mg daily 2
400 mg twice daily 2
1,200 mg daily 2
400mg as needed 2
6 x 100 mg/5 mL monthly 1
600 mg weekly 1
100 mg/5 mL daily 1
200 mg daily 1

See all 18 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Advil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 22
Doctor's advice 13
Did not seem to work 12
Course of treatment ended 5
Side effects too severe 5
Personal research 3
See all 53 patients who’ve stopped taking Advil

Duration

Currently taking Advil

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Advil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 39
Usually 31
Sometimes 20
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 14
Not at all hard to take 83
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 5
< $25 57
Not specified 35
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13 patient evaluations for Advil

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thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Apr 1, 2016 (Started Jul 23, 1966)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Advil remains an excellent medication for headache.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 18, 2015 (Started Jul 23, 1966)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Advil continues to be a very effective treatment.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Shell698
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Shell698
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: vb
I have:
MS

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Feb 1, 2013 (Started Jun 30, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
danie0330
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danie0330
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 42
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 1 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: b
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

See danie0330's full Advil history

Nov 17, 2011 (Started Nov 07, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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