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Last updated on 19/10/2021.

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DRUG CLASS: Analgesics

SUB CLASS: Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs

USED FOR: Migraine, Fever, Rheumatoid arthritis, Menstrual pain

– 200mg (liquid capsules)

What is Advil for?

Advil is a brand product that contains Ibuprofen, which is a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It works by reducing the inflammatory signaling pathways in the body to reduce inflammation and pain. It is used to treat a variety of conditions, such as fever and pain management due to headache, migraine, arthritis and dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain).

How to use it?

Advil is available as liquid capsules, normally with food as it may cause some stomach discomfort. The usual adult dose is 200-400 mg, and repeat every 4-6 hours if needed. The maximum daily dose is 1200 mg (6 tablets).

What are the side effects of Advil?

Common side effects of Advil include nausea and vomiting, stomach discomfort. It is not recommended for long-term use as it can cause kidney injury, GI bleeding and cardiovascular adverse effects.

Who should not take Advil?

– People who are allergic to Ibuprofen or any component of the formulation
– People who are allergic to NSAIDs and have a history of hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. asthma, urticaria) after taking Aspirin or any other NSAIDs.
– Patients with active gastrointestinal bleeding

Pharmacist Tips:

– Only take one NSAIDs at any one time, do not combine Advil with other NSAIDs medicines.
– Avoid alcohol use while taking this medication.

Common dosing schedule:
Advil should be taken with food or milk to minimize gastrointestinal discomfort.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Advil may interact with:
– Angiotensin II receptor blockers, e.g. Losartan, Valsartan
– Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, e.g. Captopril, Lisinopril
– Antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs e.g. Clopidogrel, Warfarin
– Other NSAIDs, e.g. Aspirin, Celecoxib, Diclofenac
– Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, e.g. Citalopram, Fluoxetine

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Advil in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Advil is a pharmacy only medicine and can be purchased without a prescription in a registered pharmacy under the supervision of a pharmacist. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Advil in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.