Frequently Asked Questions

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What type of closure is on Children's Advil® Products?

There is a child-resistant safety cap on every bottle of Infants', Children's or Junior Strength Advil®. In addition, there is a tamper-evident feature for each product as well: Infants' Advil® - Tamper evident plastic sleeve; Children's Advil® - Tamper evidency ring connecting the cap to the neck of the bottle; Jr. Strength Tablets and Chewables - Tamper evidency foil seal.

Could a child develop Reye's syndrome if taking this product? Has Ibuprofen ever been associated with Reye's?

Medical literature has not demonstrated an association between Reye's syndrome and the use of Children's Advil®. Reye’s syndrome is usually associated with aspirin or aspirin-containing products.

What is the advantage of Children's Advil® or Infants' Advil® over Children’s Tylenol®?

Children's Advil® works faster* and lasts longer than Children's Tylenol® for reducing fever. *Based on reducing fever below 100°F.
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Why isn’t there a dosing of Infants’ Advil® Drops for children over 23 months old?

Infants’ Advil® Drops is specially formulated for children 6-23 months, with specific dosing instructions based on a child’s weight and age. Children's Advil® is specially formulated for children 2-11 years old, with specific dosing instructions based on a child’s weight and age. Children’s Advil® products should be used according to the label directions, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. You should consult your doctor with any questions before giving Children’s Advil® or Infants’ Advil® to your child.

Why isn’t there dosing for Children's Advil® Suspension for kids under 2 years old?

Children's Advil® Suspension is specially formulated for children aged 2-11 years old, and Infants’ Advil® Drops is specially formulated for infants 6-23 months.  Both of these products have specific dosing instructions based on a child’s weight and age. Children’s Advil® products should be used according to the label directions, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. You should consult your doctor with any questions before giving Children’s Advil® or Infants’ Advil® to your child.

What is the difference between Children's Advil® and regular strength Advil®?

Children’s Advil® is specially formulated for children ages 2 - 11, with specific dosing instructions based on a child’s weight and age. Regular Advil® tablets are labeled for use by adults and children 12 years of age and older. You should consult your doctor with any questions before taking Advil®.

Which Advil® product form is right for me? How do I decide for my family? What are the differences?

Children’s Advil® is specially formulated for children, with specific dosing instructions based on a child’s weight and age. Regular Advil® tablets are labeled for use by adults and children 12 years of age and older. You should consult your doctor with any questions before taking Advil® or giving it to your child. Advil® provides a full line of products for you to choose based on your preferences. Please visit www.advil.com for a complete listing and description of Advil® products. You should consult your doctor with any questions before giving Children’s Advil® or Infants’ Advil® to your child.

Can an adult take this product?

Children Advil® products do not have directions or complete warnings for adult use.

There are specific Advil® products labeled for use by adults and children 12 years of age and older.

When will the product start to work?

Every child is different, but generally, fever and/or pain is reduced within about 1-2 hours. Note, however, that the temperature may still remain elevated slightly and not return to normal entirely. If you note that the pain and fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days, stop the use of the product and consult your healthcare provider.

Is there supposed to be a package insert in Children's Advil® products?

There is no package insert packaged with these products. All of the labeling is contained on the package.

Fever

If my child's fever gets too high, will he/she have a seizure (fit/convulsion)?

Febrile seizures may appear in a child with fever. You should consult your doctor or other health care provider if you need more information.

What is the definition of a fever?

A fever is not an illness unto itself. It is a symptom of sickness and can be a positive sign that the body is fighting infection. However, a fever can make your child uncomfortable, so it's important to know what options you have to help lower your child's fever and make him or her feel better. A rectal temperature above 100.4°F (38°C) is defined as a fever. You should consult your doctor with any questions.

What causes fever?

Fever is associated with a wide variety of causes.
Fever in children is most often due to bacterial or viral infections, such as the common cold, the flu, an ear infection, or sore throat.  However, fever can also signal a serious infection or disease. You should consult your doctor with any questions.

Can I tell whether or not my child has a fever by feeling his/her forehead?

Feeling the forehead to determine if a child has a fever can be misleading. You should consult your doctor for specific recommendations for measuring your child's temperature.

Do other symptoms accompany a fever?

A fever may be associated with flushing, sweating, shivering, muscle aches, and/or headache.  Lack of appetite and a feeling of lethargy can also accompany a fever.  An important thing to think about in children is dehydration (loss of fluid), which can become serious if not carefully monitored. You should consult your doctor with any questions.

Why shouldn't I give aspirin when my child has a fever?

Children and teenagers must not use aspirin for chicken pox, flu

symptoms, or minor respiratory illnesses before a doctor is

consulted about Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious illness

associated with aspirin use for these illnesses.

Should I use an alcohol and water bath to attempt to lower my child's fever?

Never use alcohol to lower temperature. You should consult your doctor with any questions about treating fever.

My child has been very irritable and is not drinking fluids. What can I do?

Call your doctor or your healthcare provider immediately, as your child may become dehydrated.

Interactions

Are there interactions with any prescription or OTC medications?

Yes, there is a potential for interaction with other medications. Speak with your child's healthcare provider before using Children’s Advil® with other medications.

Can the product be taken with other medications (i.e., antibiotic, cold remedies, etc.) or with nutritional supplements?

Speak with your child’s healthcare provider about using Children’s Advil® with other medications. Do not use this product with any other product that contains ibuprofen or any other fever reducer/pain reliever, unless directed by a healthcare provider. Children’s Advil® can be taken with nutritional supplements, but if your child is taking nutritional supplements, it is recommended that you discuss with your child’s doctor or healthcare provider before taking Children’s Advil®.

Can I alternate using Children's Advil® Suspension or Infant's Advil® Drops with Children’s Tylenol® Drops?

This is not recommended. Do not use Children’s Advil® Suspension or Infants’ Advil® Drops with any other product that contains ibuprofen or any other fever reducer/pain reliever unless directed by a physician. Contact your healthcare provider regarding the use of other medications with Children’s Advil® and Infants’ Advil® Drops. Brands herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

Side Effects

What should I do if my child develops an upset stomach after taking the product?

You should consult your healthcare provider or doctor with any questions if the child develops an upset stomach or vomits.

Dosing

What should I do if my child has taken an overdose of the Children's Advil®?

We recommend that you contact a poison control center or local emergency room immediately.

How long does the product's effect last? How often can I give it?

The effect may last up to 6 to 8 hours. The dosing should be repeated every 6 to 8 hours, if needed. Children's Advil® products should be used according to the label directions, unless otherwise directed by a doctor. You should consult your doctor with any questions before taking Children's Advil®.

We do not recommend administering another dose before 6 hours have passed. Talk to your healthcare provider about using an additional dose before 6 hours have passed.  In any case, if you note that the fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days, stop the use of the product and consult your healthcare provider or doctor.

How long can my child take Children's Advil®?

Do not use Children's Advil® for more than 3 days for pain or fever unless directed by a doctor.  Children's Advil® products should be used according to the label directions, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. You should consult your doctor with any questions before taking Children's Advil®.

General

I am having difficulty locating Children’s Advil® products? What should I do?

You can enter your zip code or city and state into the “Find a Store” locator to find a store nearby that carries these products.  If your local store does not carry these products, ask the manager to order them for you.  You may also buy some of our products online.

Is there a number I can call if I have more questions?

Please feel free to contact us with your questions and comments. Call a customer service representative toll-free at: 800-88-ADVIL or 800-882-3845 Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM EST or write to us at: PCH Product Information, Pfizer, Inc., PO Box 1043, Kings Mountain, NC 28086

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