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Advil Migraine

Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen MartinReviewed on 19.10.2023 | 2 minutes read

Advil Migraine liquid-filled capsules contain 200 mg of ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory painkiller. This form of ibuprofen acts much faster in the body than regular ibuprofen, reaching peak action within 30 minutes. Take two capsules with a glass of water. Do not take more than two capsules in 24 hours.

Who is it for?

Advil Migraine (ibuprofen) is a useful medication for the relief of headaches and migraine pain. Do not take if you are under 18. If you have been using this product for longer than seven days, it would be worth speaking to your doctor.

How does it work?

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) from the same family as aspirin and naproxen. Because of this, make sure you aren’t taking ibuprofen alongside other anti-inflammatories, as this can upset your stomach.

Ibuprofen’s anti-inflammatory effect works by blocking the body’s production of substances called "prostaglandins", which are released in response to illness or injury. Prostaglandins can cause pain and inflammation to notify the person they are unwell. By stopping prostaglandin production, NSAIDs can stop the pain, inflammation, and even fever.

Ibuprofen also has a minor antiplatelet effect, which means it stops the blood from clotting. Seek the advice of a pharmacist or doctor if you are on any medications that may affect bleeding.

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Are there any side effects?

As with any medication, some people are bound to get some unwanted side effects. Some of the common ones include indigestion and heartburn, as ibuprofen can irritate the lining of the stomach. This is more likely to occur if you have been taking it for more than a few days. If you are taking ibuprofen regularly or getting side effects, then you should stop and speak to your doctor about stomach protection to prevent stomach ulcers.

Should anyone avoid taking it?

Like all medications, don’t take them if you have previously had an allergic reaction to the medication. If you have severe kidney or liver problems or have other medications or medical conditions, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before starting something new.

If you are asthmatic and haven’t had anti-inflammatory medications before, they can sometimes cause an acute asthma attack, so it is worth speaking to your doctor or pharmacist first.

Do not take ibuprofen if you are trying to get pregnant or are already pregnant, as there is not enough information about safety during pregnancy. If you have a known stomach ulcer or inflammatory bowel disease, you should avoid taking ibuprofen unless recommended by your doctor.

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Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed on 19.10.2023
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