Also known as an NSAID, Advil is a nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drug that is commonly used to treat mild to moderate pain following dental surgery. Advil will relieve pain and reduce inflammation. It is also used to reduce fever.
You may take up to 800 mg. every four (4) hours. It is most effective at relieving pain if taken at the earliest onset of the pain. To avoid stomach upset, take with food, milk, or an antacid.
Stomach upset is the most common side effect. If this persists or becomes severe, notify Dr. Snell.
May cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. Avoid activities requiring alertness if this occurs.
May rarely cause ringing in the ears and/or loss of hearing.
Inform Dr. Snell if you experience any of the following while taking this medication: persistent stomach pain, presence of black or bloody stools, skin rash, itching, edema (swelling of the feet or hands), change in urine color, or vision changes.
Do not drink alcohol while on this medication. Drinking alcohol could increase your risk of stomach or intestinal bleeding and make you more susceptible to the undesirable effects of this medication. If you are pregnant or are nursing, consult your OB/GYN prior to taking this medication. Do not take aspirin unless you first consult with Dr. Snell.
In order to provide you with comprehensive and safe care, Dr. Snell needs to be well informed about your complete medical profile and history.
Advil may interact with other medications. It is extremely important for you to inform Dr. Snell of all medications that you take, both prescription and over-the-counter. If you take "blood thinners," Warfarin (Coumadin), other arthritis medication (including Aspirin or Mexthotrexate), water pills, Lithium, or ulcer medication, Dr. Snell will advise you on any changes you need to make while taking Advil.
If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered. Do not take if it is almost time for the next dose. Instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.