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All about: Children's Advil Chewable Tablets

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Generic Name: Ibuprofen Chewable Tablets (EYE-bue-PROE-fen)
Brand Name: Examples include Children's Advil and Children's Motrin

Children's Advil Chewable Tablets is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It may cause an increased risk of serious and sometimes fatal heart and blood vessel problems (eg, heart attack, stroke). The risk may be greater if you already have heart problems or if you take Children's Advil Chewable Tablets for a long time. Do not use Children's Advil Chewable Tablets right before or after bypass heart surgery.

Children's Advil Chewable Tablets may cause an increased risk of serious and sometimes fatal stomach ulcers and bleeding. Elderly patients may be at greater risk. This may occur without warning signs.


Children's Advil Chewable Tablets is used for:

Treating minor aches and pains caused by the common cold, flu, sore throat, headaches, or toothaches. It may be used to reduce fever. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Children's Advil Chewable Tablets is an NSAID. Exactly how it works is not known. It may block certain substances in the body that are linked to inflammation. NSAIDs treat the symptoms of pain and inflammation. They do not treat the disease that causes those symptoms.

Do NOT use Children's Advil Chewable Tablets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Children's Advil Chewable Tablets
  • you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, trouble breathing, growths in the nose, dizziness) to aspirin or an NSAID (eg, ibuprofen, celecoxib)
  • you have recently had or will be having bypass heart surgery
  • you are in the last 3 months of pregnancy

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Children's Advil Chewable Tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with Children's Advil Chewable Tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal product, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of kidney or liver disease, diabetes, or stomach or bowel problems (eg, bleeding, perforation, ulcers, persistent or returning stomach pain or heartburn)
  • if you have a history of swelling or fluid buildup, lupus, phenylketonuria, asthma, growths in the nose (nasal polyps), or mouth inflammation
  • if you have high blood pressure, blood disorders, bleeding or clotting problems, heart problems (eg, heart failure), or blood vessel disease, or if you are at risk for any of these diseases
  • if you are dehydrated or have low fluid volume (eg, caused by diarrhea, vomiting, not drinking fluids)
  • if you have poor health or low blood sodium levels, you drink alcohol, or you have a history of alcohol abuse

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Children's Advil Chewable Tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), aspirin, corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), heparin, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (eg, fluoxetine) because the risk of stomach bleeding may be increased
  • Probenecid because it may increase the risk of Children's Advil Chewable Tablets's side effects
  • Cyclosporine, lithium, methotrexate, or quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Children's Advil Chewable Tablets
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (eg, enalapril) or diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide) because their effectiveness may be decreased by Children's Advil Chewable Tablets

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Children's Advil Chewable Tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Children's Advil Chewable Tablets:

Use Children's Advil Chewable Tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Children's Advil Chewable Tablets comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read it again each time you get Children's Advil Chewable Tablets refilled.
  • Take Children's Advil Chewable Tablets by mouth with or without food. It may be taken with food if it upsets your stomach. Taking it with food may not lower the risk of stomach or bowel problems (eg, bleeding, ulcers). Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have persistent stomach upset.
  • Chew well before swallowing.
  • If you miss a dose of Children's Advil Chewable Tablets and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about the proper use of Children's Advil Chewable Tablets.

Important safety information:

  • Children's Advil Chewable Tablets may cause dizziness or drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Children's Advil Chewable Tablets with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Serious stomach ulcers or bleeding can occur with the use of Children's Advil Chewable Tablets. Taking it in high doses or for a long time, smoking, or drinking alcohol increases the risk of these side effects. Taking Children's Advil Chewable Tablets with food will NOT reduce the risk of these effects. Contact your doctor or emergency room at once if you develop severe stomach or back pain; black, tarry stools; vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds; or unusual weight gain or swelling.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 10 days for pain or 2 days for sore throat without checking with your doctor.
  • If stomach pain or upset gets worse or does not get better, check with your doctor. If pain or fever gets worse or lasts for more than 3 days, check with your doctor.
  • If a child using Children's Advil Chewable Tablets does not get any relief within 24 hours, contact the child's doctor.
  • Check with your doctor if you have a severe or persistent sore throat. Check with your doctor if you have a sore throat with fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Children's Advil Chewable Tablets has ibuprofen in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has ibuprofen in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Some of these products contain phenylalanine. If you must have a diet that is low in phenylalanine, ask your pharmacist if it is in your product.
  • Do not take aspirin while you are using Children's Advil Chewable Tablets unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Use Children's Advil Chewable Tablets with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, including stomach bleeding and kidney problems.
  • Different brands of Children's Advil Chewable Tablets may have different dosing instructions for CHILDREN. Follow the dosing instructions on the package labeling. If your doctor has given you instructions, follow those. If you are unsure of the dose to give a child, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Children's Advil Chewable Tablets may cause harm to the fetus. Do not take it during the last 3 months of pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of taking Children's Advil Chewable Tablets while you are pregnant. It is not known if Children's Advil Chewable Tablets is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Children's Advil Chewable Tablets.

Possible side effects of Children's Advil Chewable Tablets:

All medicines can cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; gas; headache; heartburn; nausea; stomach pain or upset.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; trouble breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody or black, tarry stools; change in the amount of urine produced; chest pain; confusion; dark urine; depression; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; mental or mood changes; numbness of an arm or leg; one-sided weakness; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe headache or dizziness; severe or persistent stomach pain or nausea; severe vomiting; shortness of breath; stiff neck; sudden or unexplained weight gain; swelling of hands, legs, or feet; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual joint or muscle pain; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision or speech changes; vomit that looks like coffee grounds; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include decreased urination; loss of consciousness; seizures; severe dizziness or drowsiness; severe nausea or stomach pain; slow or troubled breathing; unusual bleeding or bruising; vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

Proper storage of Children's Advil Chewable Tablets:

Store Children's Advil Chewable Tablets at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Children's Advil Chewable Tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Children's Advil Chewable Tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Children's Advil Chewable Tablets is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Children's Advil Chewable Tablets. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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