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User Reviews for Advil

Advil has an average rating of 6.8 out of 10 from a total of 34 ratings on Drugs.com. 61% of those users who reviewed Advil reported a positive effect, while 24% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Muscle Pain  
6.2
6 reviews 351 medications
Pain  
6.5
6 reviews 1123 medications
Headache  
8.5
6 reviews 221 medications
Back Pain  
4.0
4 reviews 178 medications
Sciatica  
8.0
3 reviews 281 medications
Fever  
9.5
2 reviews 353 medications
Gout, Acute  
9.5
2 reviews 85 medications
Spondylolisthesis  
2.0
1 reviews 50 medications
Rheumatoid Arthritis  
10.0
1 reviews 360 medications
Frozen Shoulder  
1.0
1 reviews 55 medications
Period Pain  
1 reviews 82 medications
Osteoarthritis  
1.0
1 reviews 351 medications
Summary of Advil reviews 6.8 34 reviews

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Reviews for Advil

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

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.”

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Richard A · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 21, 2021

For Osteoarthritis: “Doesn’t even touch the pain.”

1 / 10
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Singer · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 28, 2021

For Frozen Shoulder: “Not at all effective”

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Frequently asked questions

Kev March 13, 2020

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
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psarq August 1, 2010

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
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smoore002 May 9, 2008

For Fever: “Works great to reduce fever. For pains caused by fever I recommend taking 400mg of Ibuprofen (Advil) with 1000mg of Acetaminophen (Tylenol.) The two work well with each other and are safe to use together.”

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Alexa January 12, 2020

For Headache: “I get frequent headaches. By frequent, I mean I’ll get at least one every day. I’ve tried a lot of pain relief methods, but not one method or medicine has worked the way Advil has. Advil is a godsend. I’ve been using it when needed for years now. It’s truly the work of the heavens. It clears up my headache in a half hour maximum. For me, I get no side effects that others talk about (nausea, queasiness, diarrhea, etc.) and it works perfectly. I truly couldn’t imagine a more perfect medicine for pain and fever relief in my life. I recommend this medicine and nothing else for pain.”

10 / 10
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Roeb · Taken for less than 1 month August 17, 2017

For Back Pain: “I bought the New Advil minis and they stink, They did nothing for my back pain as the originals did. I took 2 gels at once and they usually work right away, but these minis did nothing. I don't believe there is 200mg in each one as they say. Why change something that works, they lost my business..I hope others test it and let everyone know if they worked for them.”

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Anonymous March 7, 2012

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “I'm starting to have pain in 2 of my fingers on my right hand, and I know that my family history has arthritis, so by taking 800mgs of Advil, it seems to take away the pain. I also found that putting heat on it, helps the pain also.”

10 / 10
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Darchick · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 21, 2017

For Headache: “I used to take Advil for headaches years ago. I must have taken a lot of it, because I had many headaches. It worked great at the time. Now I have micro colitis which can be caused from taking to much of this NSAIDS. I really wish Google was around back in the day when I was popping all those Advil! I wouldn't be in the situation I'm in now with my stomach problems!”

4 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month March 6, 2018

For Pain: “Tried using Advil pm due to fibromyalgia pain and wasn't able to sleep. However I probably would have slept better if I didn't take anything because not only did it not help me sleep it failed to take any of the slightest pain away”

1 / 10
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Chris · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 22, 2020

For Back Pain: “The new ad with the catchy song”we want to praise you for your strength” seems to empower you with the thought that you keep strong through all your pain and maybe Advil helps this too. It does, it did for me. I took two in the AM and two in the pm for 3-4 years and kept doing anything physical I wanted to- until I was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease CKD. I only have 30% kidney function and I am not able to take any NSAIDs any more. I can only take acetaminophen and I am in constant pain because acetaminophen does not reduce inflammation like Advil does. BE CAREFUL the ads say “ what pain? “ well when your kidneys won't function properly you will learn what pain is when you can’t take Advil anymore because you took it for too long and then a Dr says “would you like me to prescribe an opioid for you pain now?” No thank you. Read The Label!!!”

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S_KittenLover7172006 · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 22, 2016

For Headache: “I have used Advil (Ibuprofen) for over a year for most headaches. It works like a charm, better than any other medicine I've tried, even ones previous doctors have recommended (my current one does recommend Advil). When I was a kid, I used the children's Advil (chewable), and it still worked great. It didn't taste like grease, unlike most other children's medicine I had. Now as an adult, I still love it. I've never experienced any side effects, nor have I ever had any negative reactions to it. It starts kicking in super quickly, and the headaches don't tend to come back after I take a tablet of Advil. Overall highly recommended, not too pricey (especially for the amount of drug in each capsule and for the number of capsules in a container).”

10 / 10
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Pea · Taken for less than 1 month July 26, 2018

For Pain: “Advil works extremely well for toothache. I was taking prescription Ibuprofen 600 and they don't work as well or as fast as original advil in my opinion. Starts to work 15-30 mins after taking 3 for me. This is an infected tooth that needed a root canal or is going to eventually be pulled. I keep advil in my purse and will discontinue use after I have the procedure. Very pleased at how it stops extreme pain. A godsend!”

10 / 10
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JB 2019 December 26, 2016

For Headache: “Always take this pain pills is the ONLY ONE works for me and I visited to many doctors office and change medication but always back to advil because is more safe to take this compare to the doctor prescription.”

10 / 10
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When Dee April 2, 2012

For Pain: “I've been taking Advil (Ibuprofen) since 1999 for headaches and body pains. I sometimes take this with the prescription medication Maxalt (which treats migraines) I've have REALLY bad headaches and migraines since I was in grade school and took Tylenol until when into my late 20's. I then started taking the regular 2 tablet dose, 400 mg. I HAVE on occasion upped the dosage (not on doctors instruction) to 600mg if the 400mg dosage isn't effective and the pain doesn't not subside within 30-45 minutes.”

9 / 10
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pseudonymous · Taken for less than 1 month October 16, 2016

For Headache: “Advil is my pain reliever of choice, and I take it occasionally to relieve severe headaches; however, it is not without its (many) faults. For starters, it often takes as long as 2 hours to start acting. Also, it is VERY hard on my stomach—taking even the smallest recommended dose makes me feel queasy and nauseous. I actually prefer the children's Advil, as it has a similar pain-relieving effect without as much stomach pain. Overall, Advil is a worthwhile pain medication, but I would recommend using it sparingly.”

7 / 10
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riririn · Taken for less than 1 month December 2, 2012

“My tonsils have been hurting very badly the whole day that I felt like crying. 10 minutes after taking Advil, I felt such a relief. More than half of the pain was gone and I was able to take my final exams for school without any pain. Thank you so much Advil!”

8 / 10
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dlc · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 30, 2020

For Sciatica: “This is my first experience with sciatica...but its been 3 months. I am now taking Advil 2 capsules in the morning and 1 at night. I would like to stop but it helps too much.”

9 / 10
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Syl711 · Taken for less than 1 month August 20, 2020

For Sciatica: “Taking Advil 800 mgs 3 times a day and it’s passable. For me it’s about staying ahead of the pain.”

7 / 10
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Davee3 October 13, 2009

For Sciatica: “Taking up to 800mg Ibuprofen for persistent sciatica. It is more effective than Tylenol with codeine which didn't help - relief lasting about 1 hour. ”

8 / 10
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alex · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 6, 2019

For Fever: “TAKES AWAY everything super fast. It took away my pain, fever, and headache and suprisingly my stuffy nose. It always works”

10 / 10
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Lee · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 25, 2020

For Muscle Pain: “Barely touchs my muscle or back pain even if I take 2 pills.”

2 / 10
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Anonymous October 27, 2010

For Muscle Pain: “When I have trouble sleeping I can take one Advil and sleep all night. I also use Advil when I have pains in my muscles or back from exercising too much.”

10 / 10
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MaMaChris February 15, 2009

For Muscle Pain: “About a year after having my daughter my lower back and hips started hurting so bad (mostly from carrying her around) that I couldn't sleep. Advil worked great! One pill and I slept all night.”

10 / 10
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lanmanator February 13, 2009

For Muscle Pain: “It's good for back problems.”

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Anonymous October 2, 2011

For Headache: “Definitely relieves my headache.”

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L5-S1 hern/nerve damage · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 4, 2015

For Back Pain: “Awful, to say the least. Don't even consider this if you have anything more than a headache, and even that won't be tolerable after taking a few of these.”

1 / 10
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