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User Reviews for Ibuprofen

Also known as: Advil, Motrin, Motrin IB, Children's Motrin, Advil Liqui-Gels, Motrin Childrens, Nuprin, Advil Children's, Proprinal, Advil Migraine, NeoProfen, Caldolor, Addaprin, Midol IB, Childrens Ibuprofen Berry, Advil Infant's Concentrated Drops, Genpril, IBU-200, A-G Profen, Advil Junior Strength, Midol Maximum Strength Cramp Formula Actiprofen Motrin Migraine Pain PediaCare Infants' IB Ibuprofen Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer PediaCare Children's IB Ibuprofen Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer Motrin Junior Strength Motrin Infant Drops Help I Have An Aching Body Children's ElixSure IB Cap-Profen Motrin Pediatric Advil Film-Coated …show all brand names

Ibuprofen has an average rating of 7.4 out of 10 from a total of 192 ratings on 64% of those users who reviewed Ibuprofen reported a positive effect, while 18% reported a negative effect.

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Summary of Ibuprofen reviews 7.4 192 reviews

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Reviews for Ibuprofen

That person · Taken for less than 1 month April 16, 2021

Advil (ibuprofen) for Pain: “I was on it for about a week taking it once daily for tendonitis. Started getting migraines after several days and ultimately ended up in the emergency room with AFib. Would not recommend.”

1 / 10
Dee · Taken for 10 years or more March 30, 2021

For Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis: “Taking 1200 to 1400 mg of advil at a time and no relief”

Ozarkmom March 27, 2021

For Toothache: “It ONLY WORKS if you stay ahead of the pain. I've had 2 different lower jaw teeth removed at different periods in my life and the pain was tooooo much for 800mg Ibuprofen. Both times I felt like a junkie begging for drugs from my dentist. Really?! You just dug around in my jawbone for 25 minutes and obliterated the soft tissues of my gum and want to treat me like a drug seeker when this Ibuprofen isn't cutting it? It absolutely confuses me how so many people have access to all of these pain killers but when you actually have a procedure that is likely to have massive pain you have to beg, use Ibuprofen, or suffer terrible pain OR take dangerous amounts of OTC concoctions hoping for relief. Stop doing this to people.”

2 / 10

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 29, 2012

Advil Liqui-Gels (ibuprofen) for Gout, Acute: “I have chronic gout problems, been having for 15 years. Advil works good for my back pain and most of the time for joint pain if taken at the first feeling of gout flare. Taking four 200mg caps at a time.”

9 / 10
Sad Student · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 22, 2020

For Period Pain: “I’ve been taking 800 mg of ibuprofen for severe period cramps since last September but it’s like trying to put out a house fire with a squirt gun for all the good it feels like it does. It feels like if I take one or four advil or more Advil throughout the day the most relief I get is extremely minor and I’m still bedridden and in pain enough to wake me up crying in the middle of the night. High strength ibuprofen (800 mg per pill) is all I’ve been prescribed for the pain by my old doctor but I’m looking for a new one. Works good for headaches though.”

2 / 10
Kev March 13, 2020

Advil (ibuprofen) for Gout, Acute: “I had a bad flare up with my gout. I tried colcrys and indomethicin. I still had severe pain. Then I purchased Advil 200 mg ×4. That was the key in addition to the colcrys within a day my swelling went down and by the next day I was walking without pain.”

10 / 10
maxine12 · Taken for less than 1 month March 13, 2020

For Sciatica: “I had excruciating pain in both legs after slipping down a few stairs.It lasted about a week and at that time I decided to go to hospital. It was sciatica. I was told to take Ibuprofen for 3 days. I believe 600mg every 8 hours and I couldn't believe how great I felt. I have it again and just taking two 200mg every 8 hours and starting to feel relief. This time was probably worse.”

10 / 10

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Any · Taken for 10 years or more September 15, 2019

For Period Pain: “My period is extremely painful. I have to take 800mg ibuprofen 3 times a day to get relief. Sometimes even 800mg doesn't work if I don't catch it early. Starts working around 40-60 mins, Sometimes later. But If it really kicks in, I feel great for like 6-8 hrs. I have to laugh when somebody explain their cramps as horrible, but then say 1-2 pills a day save them. Girls you are so lucky”

6 / 10
Princess · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 14, 2020

Advil Liqui-Gels (ibuprofen) for Period Pain: “Didn't work. I took 2 as the first dose because I have intense menstrual pain, but nothing happened. I waited for an hour before taking another one, hoping it would kick in, yet still nothing happened. I guess I can't say I'm surprised; nothing has ever helped my cramps. At this point I just need to see a doctor asap.”

1 / 10
shannon · Taken for 5 to 10 years March 29, 2018

Advil Liqui-Gels (ibuprofen) for Toothache: “I dont know why the rating for this medication is so low , unless it is because people just haven't tried it in which case I would highly recommend doing so. These are my go-to , the liquid medicine means it works faster and though you can't cure tooth pain fast enough , I can always count on these taking the edge off ..I don't bother taking anything else !”

9 / 10
Bill in Texzas · Taken for 10 years or more June 29, 2018

For Gout, Acute: “Ibuprofen has been my first line of treatment for gout attacks for 30 years and always works quick and fast. If I take Ibuprofen during the week for normal aches and pains it also seems to prevents attacks. Every time a doctor has instructed to me stop taking ibuprofen before or after a procedure I wind up having a gout attack. If I can't take the ibuprofen or any other NSAID then I have used Colchicine, it works but I get serious nausea and diarrhea after one day. I get quick and complete relief from methylprednisolone steroid pack.”

10 / 10
Suzyqszoo · Taken for less than 1 month March 10, 2016

For Sciatica: “800 mg helped with my pain. It takes about an hour to work then pain is manageable. I have minimal side effects, a little headachy and slightly tired. I can take this and get relief without feeling drugged.”

10 / 10
Mountain mama · Taken for 10 years or more November 13, 2013

For Osteoarthritis: “Been taking ibuprofen 800 3x a day, and always with food. A PA urged me to go off of it last Mon (now Wed) and replace with tramadol; said he didn't know anyone who didn't get stomach ulcers or have kidney problems when on ibuprofen for extended period. Each day pain grew worse until today I could hardly get out of bed as pain was excruciating. Cooked breakfast in a hurry, switched back to ibuprofen and now pain free by noon”

9 / 10
D July 16, 2019

For Toothache: “A lot off people such as myself haven been to the Dentist get a wisdom tooth pulled and I'm looking for something to reduce/stop the pain and ibuprofen SUCKS like I never even took anything... The pain swallows the pill.”

2 / 10
Ackna · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 4, 2020

For Period Pain: “Advil Liquid Gel is the only pain reliever that has worked for me. I pop a 400mg every 6 hours or so for the first three days of period. I suggest also if your heavy flow happens on days off where you don't have to leave the house, try just making yourself comfy and sit on the toilet all day and let things keep flowing out. It definitely makes a huge difference especially when combined with Advil that now I have a dedicated pillow, blanket, foot stool and phone charger stashed in my washroom cupboard.”

10 / 10
psarq August 1, 2010

Advil (ibuprofen) for Gout, Acute: “I have used Advil to treat my gout for years. I start off with 3 when there's pain, then 2 every 6 hours throughout the 1st day. Beyond that, I keep it within the recommended dosage of no more than 1200/day and I typically do that much for the first 3-5 days after an attack occurs. I use the rapid release kind or it doesn't work at all.”

9 / 10
Lathalweapon June 13, 2019

Advil Liqui-Gels (ibuprofen) for Toothache: “Been there done that. I've tried everything there is to offer for tooth pain with zero results. I have a huge hole in a lower wisdom tooth as we speak. When waiting to get in to the poor man's dentist it can take a month or more. (Based on income) I have 2 more weeks and I am counting down the minutes. ”

9 / 10
Pekky April 20, 2020

For Toothache: “Had a cavity hole, in my tooth and dentist was all booked out for three weeks. Stopped taking Panadol and used ibuprofen, 800mg twice daily. Worked instantly and continued too take until tooth removal, worked wonders highly recommend”

10 / 10
Nadja · Taken for less than 1 month July 30, 2020

Motrin (ibuprofen) for Period Pain: “I had the most excruciating period pain and couldn’t even get out of bed. I tried everything and nothing helped until my cousin gave me motrin. With motrin I don’t feel any pain and don’t suffer from symptons nausea, depression, mood swings and now I can function normally. I can not believe I find something to stop to pain, I’m truly fascinated and recommend motrin to anyone”

10 / 10
Sarah Craig · Taken for less than 1 month July 2, 2017

For Toothache: “This drug works wonders. I got all 4 wisdom teeth extracted two days ago and on the first night I had no pain but the second night at around 4:00 am I started getting the worst pain I've ever felt that kept me from sleeping. The first thing I thought of was ibuprofen. I quickly went downstairs to get some. I'm 5'3" and 120 lbs, I took four 200 mg pills as prescribed. It took less than 30 mins to kick in and once it did I felt no pain at all and fell asleep perfectly fine and comfortable. Thankyou very much Stewart Adams for inventing this drug. It's simple but miraculous. Sincerely, Sarah Craig”

10 / 10
Riri · Taken for less than 1 month May 11, 2019

For Toothache: “I had my wisdom teeth out and was in agonizing pain. I took a 600mg tablet of ibuprofen with 1 extra strength tylenol as they instructed and it got me through it. Highly recommend. Just don't overdo it.”

Anonymous April 23, 2008

Advil Liqui-Gels (ibuprofen) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: “Absolutely could not have survived the pain and inflammation without this drug. It is gentle and safe enough to take 800mg with food. The liquid gels seem to work (gets into my system) much quicker than just plain ibuprofen.”

10 / 10
Jeff · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 31, 2019

For Frozen Shoulder: “This is the go to medicine for me for a frozen shoulder. I was given Meloxicam first, but I couldn’t handle the side effects of muscle pain and insomnia. I started the ibuprofen three days after stopping the Meloxicam, and the pain relief and stiffness were greatly relieved. I take 400 mg a day, and no more, because that’s what works for me. If I do take more, I become restless with no added pain relief, so why bother.”

10 / 10
Lanc the tank September 16, 2009

Advil Liqui-Gels (ibuprofen) for Gout, Acute: “I asked my pharmacist what the best over the counter treatment for arthritis swelling was. He recommended the Advil. I took one capsule at noon, it is close to midnight and my swelling has gone down considerably, the pain has as well.”

10 / 10
Mark P M August 16, 2009

For Sciatica: “I am 35 year old male with moderate to severe sciatica (pain from buttock to ankle) due to bulging disc L5 - S1. I found taking a 400mg dose gave significant but not total relief for about 2 to 3 hours. The effect was greater if the pain was not too severe, the best results came from taking ibuprofen before the pain got severe. I also found that taking Ibuprofen without food made it work faster but I suffered moderate diarrhea as a consequence.”

7 / 10
Xoxo August 9, 2019

For Headache: “I have chronic migraines and my Dr prescribed me 800mg of Ibuprofen 3 times a day or as needed AND LET ME TELL YOUUUUU... Within 5 mins my migraine literally MELTS AWAY. I can't live without it, it really helps my condition.”

9 / 10
JanieRock February 14, 2017

For Sciatica: “I have severe sciatica that is absolutely devastating to my lifestyle. I drive a lot and the pain is excruciating. 800mg of Ibuprofen provides relief in about an hour to an hour and a half and from a dose to pain returning is about 3 to 3 and a half hours. It's not much, but it's the only think giving me a respite from what is otherwise excruciating pain. I'm starting to get routine heartburn for the first time in years after taking this routinely for three months. Starting to worry about the stomach side effects. Can also be hard on the kidneys.”

7 / 10
PMcFee · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 22, 2017

For Sciatica: “Extra strength (400 mg) liqui-gels are the only thing that seems to help with my sciatica. They do more than the Lyrica, delayed release naproxen, Tylenol 2's, and Extra Strength Tylenols combined. I take a high dose but do not want to take narcotics and I have to be able to leave a half-way normal life.”

8 / 10

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