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Advil side effects may be contributed to improper dosing, particularly if the consumer is unaware of any changes that may have been made. Advil, which is one of the nonsteroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAID) that have become popular over the last two decades, has been known to cause health issues, particularly when the drug is overused. This is common when a consumer suffers from chronic pain such as headaches and backaches.
Advil – A Brief History
Advil was introduced to the over-the-counter market by Pfizer in 1984. The original usage was targeted to those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Previously, NSAIDs were available in the United Kingdom and the United States as a prescription drug. Previous to its over-the-counter status, the recommended dosage of an NSAID was 1200–3200 mg per day, which is three times the recommended dose for today’s NSAIDs. Consumers should be aware of current dosing instructions and frequently check this information on Advil as well as other NSAIDs, even those that are considered to be prescription drugs.
Advil became one of the safest NSAIDs in the prescription drug list according to the FDA and, therefore, enjoyed widespread success on the market. However, the side effects of Advil (and Ibuprofen) were the increased instances of stomach and liver damage, particularly with chronic and/or prolonged use.
Additional issues included other side effects such as mild to serious gastrointestinal side effects, drug interactions, cardiovascular concerns, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, reproductive issues and significant changes in metabolism. Some common Advil side effects include nausea and headache.