Advil Congestion Relief

Name: Advil Congestion Relief

Dosing & Uses

Dosage Forms & Strengths



  • 200mg/10mg

Allergy & Cold Symptoms

1 tab PO q4hr PRN while symptoms persist

Not to exceed 6 tablets/24 hr


Take with food or milk if stomach upset occurs

Dosage Forms & Strengths



  • 200mg/10mg

Allergy & Cold Symptoms

<12 years: Safety and efficacy not established

>12 years: 1 tab PO q4hr PRN while symptoms persist; not to exceed 6 tablets/24 hr

Other information

Take with food or milk if stomach upset occurs




History of induce asthma or urticaria with NSAIDs

Immediately before or after heart surgery

Within 2 weeks of MAO inhibitor therapy


Caution with hypertension, heart disease, hepatic or renal impairment, asthma, thyroid disease, diabetes, or BPH


  • May increase risk for GI ulceration
  • Caution in coadministration with antiplatelets/anticoagulants
  • NSAIDS, except aspirin, increase risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke; which can be fatal; the risk is higher if patients use more than it was directed or for longer than needed; may decrease benefit of cardioprotective low-dose aspirin
  • Use caution in patients with high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, kidney disease, asthma, thyroid disease, diabetes, glaucoma, have trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland, or had a stroke
  • Patients should inform healthcare professional if they experience symptoms of heart problems or stroke, chest pain, trouble breathing, weakness in one part or side of body, slurred speech, leg swelling


  • May exacerbate poorly controlled hypertension
  • Caution if underlying cardiovascular risks present

Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy Category: C; D during third trimester

Do not take NSAIDs within 3 months before delivery because of risk of premature closure of the ductus arteriosus

The Quebec Pregnancy Registry identified 4705 women who had spontaneous abortions by 20 weeks' gestation; each case was matched to 10 control subjects (n=47,050) who had not had spontaneous abortions; exposure to nonaspirin NSAIDs during pregnancy was documented in approximately 7.5% of cases of spontaneous abortions and in approximately 2.6% of controls. (CMAJ, September 6, 2011; DOI:10.1503/cmaj.110454)

Lactation: NSAIDs excreted in breast milk, AAP states compatible with breastfeeding

Pregnancy Categories

A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

NA:Information not available.

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Advil Congestion Relief Overview

Advil Congestion Relief is an over the counter medication used to treat symptoms associated with the common cold, including headache, sinus pressure, nasal congestion, and minor aches and pain.

It is a single product containing 2 ingredients: ibuprofen and phenylephrine. Ibuprofen belongs to a group of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which work by providing pain/headache relief. Phenylephrine belongs to a group of drugs called nasal decongestants, which work by narrowing the blood vessels and reducing the swelling inside your nasal passage.

This medication comes in a tablet form and is usually taken every 4 hours with food.

Common side effects of Advil Congestion Relief include stomach upset, fast heart rate and shakiness. 

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Advil Congestion Relief?

For all patients taking Advil Congestion Relief (ibuprofen and phenylephrine):

  • If you have an allergy to this medicine or any part of Advil Congestion Relief.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you are taking any other NSAID.
  • If you have taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for Parkinson's disease like selegiline or rasagiline in the last 14 days. Taking this medicine within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure.
  • If you are more than 24 weeks pregnant.


  • If your child is younger than 12 years of age. Do not give Advil Congestion Relief to a child younger than 12 years of age.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Advil Congestion Relief with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.