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Advil Children's Cold Side Effects

Generic name: ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 28, 2020.

Note: This document contains side effect information about ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Advil Children's Cold.

For the Consumer

Applies to ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine: oral capsule, oral tablet

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
  • Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, or swelling in the arms or legs.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
  • Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Dizziness.
  • Feeling nervous and excitable.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Stomach pain or heartburn.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to ibuprofen/pseudoephedrine: oral capsule, oral suspension, oral tablet


Frequency not reported: Heart attack, heart failure, stroke[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Severe allergic reaction (hives, facial swelling, asthma, shock, skin reddening, rash, blisters)[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Stomach bleeding, stomach upset[Ref]

More about Advil Children's Cold (ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine)

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1. "Product Information. Advil Cold and Sinus Liqui-Gel (ibuprofen-pseudoephedrine)." Wyeth Consumer Healthcare, Madison, NJ.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.