Children's Hospital Colorado

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)

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You can take ibuprofen if you have pain or fever.


  • Advil or Motrin: Take 2 pills (400 mg) every 6 hours. Each pill has 200 mg of ibuprofen.
  • A second choice is to take 3 pills (600 mg) every 8 hours.
  • Do not take more than 6 pills per day.
  • In some cases your doctor may recommend a different or higher dose.

Extra Notes and Warnings:

  • This is an over-the-counter (OTC) drug. You can buy it at the drugstore.
  • Do not take this drug if you are pregnant.
  • Do not take this drug if you have stomach problems or kidney disease.
  • Do not take this drug if your doctor has told you to avoid this type of drug.
  • Do not take ibuprofen for more than 7 days without checking with your doctor.

Common Brand Names:

  • Advil
  • Midol
  • Motrin
  • Motrin IB

Read the instructions and warnings on the package insert for all medicines you take.