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Brand name: Advil

Advil is a brand of tablets or capsules containing the active ingredient ibuprofen. You can buy it without a prescription from a grocery store or a pharmacy.

Advil belongs to a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Advil is used to reduce pain and inflammation (redness and swelling) in conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also used in muscle and bone injuries such as sprains, strains, low back pain, rheumatism and tendonitis. However, Advil does not cure these conditions.

Advil can also be used to relieve period pain, dental pain and post-surgery pain. It is also used to relieve fever.

Swallow Advil whole with a full glass of water, preferably with or straight after food.

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Active ingredient in this medicine: ibuprofen

Over 65 years of age?

If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Advil 200 mg sugar coated tablet, 50

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What this medicine is for

Temporary relief of acute pain where inflammation is present such as back, neck and muscle pain. Temporary relief of headache, migraine headache, tension headache, period pain, dental pain, arthritis pain, rheumatic pain, tennis elbow pain, sore throat, sinus pain, and pain associated with the common cold and flu. Reduces fever

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Pinkish-brown, sugar-coated round tablet, smooth in texture, with a polished surface. "Advil" printed on one side, in black ink.

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Dosage Form Tablet, sugar coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
40, 48, 50, 90, 96,1 00: Pharmacy Medicine (Over the counter)
2, 4, 6,10, 12, 20, 24: Not scheduled. Not considered by committee

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 4 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

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