Advil PM is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is indicated for individuals who have problems with sleeping. It is also used to relieve minor aches and pain such as caused due to sore muscles and backache and is used as a sleeping aid when pain keeps you awake at night. It became available in the market in the year 2006.
The drug is available in two forms: Caplets that is composed of 200mg of Ibuprofen and 38mg of diphenhydramine citrate (a sleep aid) and Liqui-Gels that contains a combination of 200mg of ibuprofen and 25mg of diphenhydramine citrate in solubilized form filled in a gelatin casing.
The combined effects of Ibuprofen and diphenhydramine citrate makes this is an effective medicine, both as a pain reliever and a sleeping aid. When a person experiences difficulty sleeping due to pain such as due to sore muscles, Ibuprofen present in it acts as a pain reliever while diphenhydramine citrate acts as a sleeping aid.
Advil PM ingredients
Active Ingredients: As mentioned earlier Advil PM has two active ingredients. These are Diphenhydramine citrate and Ibuprofen.
Diphenhydramine citrate: This drug is a sedative antihistamine which interferes with histamine production. Histamine is a natural substance found in our body. This drug is absorbed very quickly in the bloodstream, thereby helping you relax and fall asleep. In addition, this drug is also used for patients who have allergies, Parkinson’s disease and motion sickness. Like any other medicine, this drug has its risks and benefits so it is best to consult your physician regarding the correct dosage. Also, this drug can only lessen the symptoms and not cure the condition.
Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is one of the most effective and safest drugs for relieving pain. It reduces hormones that are responsible for causing pain and inflammation in the body. At the same time, this drug has known antiplatelet effects. However, prolonged use of Ibuprofen may cause severe heart and circulatory problems; therefore, it should be used with caution.
Inactive Ingredients: Inactive ingredients are the components that support the active ingredients in terms of drug preparation but do not exactly help to achieve or reduce the symptoms of the condition. Inactive ingredients of Advil PM are the following: Calcium stearate, Carnauba wax, Colloidal silicon dioxide, Corn starch, Croscarmellose sodium, FD&C blue no. 2 aluminum lake, Glyceryl behenate, Hypromellose, Lactose monohydrate, Microcrystalline cellulose, Pharmaceutical ink, Polydextrose, Polyethylene glycol, Pregelatinized starch, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sodium starch glycolate, Stearic acid and Titanium dioxide.
Advil PM dosage
Take note that it is important to follow the exact dosage of Advil PM as specified on the package or as prescribed by your physician. You should not exceed the recommended dosage to prevent any serious complications. Recommended dosage of Advil PM Caplets/Liqui-Gels in adults and children (12 years and above) is:
- 1 tablet every 4 to 6 hours while of pain or fever symptoms persist
- With sleeplessness due to pain, 2 caplets to be taken at bedtime
- If pain or fever still persist after taking 1 tablet, 2 tablets may be used
- Within 24 hours, do not exceed 6 tablets unless instructed by doctor
For children under 12 years of age, the dosage is as prescribed by the physician.
Advil PM overdose
If you suspect an overdose of Advil PM you may contact your doctor or seek immediate medical attention. Some overdose effects may require urgent hospitalization. It is always safe to check package labeling instruction for proper use and dosage. Overdose symptoms includes: arrhythmia, tremor, decreased urination, excitement, troubled breathing, severe nausea, hallucinations, loss of consciousness, coma, muscle twitching, seizures, severe dizziness or drowsiness, fainting, stomachache, skin bruises, and weakness.
Advil PM side effects
All drugs have side effects. These are the unwanted secondary effect which may appear aside from the desired healing effect of a medication. Though there is no way to avoid these side effects, the chances of having it can always be reduced. Side effects may vary from person to person and you should consult your physician in case you experience any of the symptoms listed below.
Common but less severe side effects of Advil PM are: Increased lung secretions, lethargy, throwing up and heartburn, headache, allergic reaction, and dry mouth.
Infrequent but less severe side effects of Advil PM are: Excess stomach acid, indigestion, infrequent bowel movements, throwing up, gas, diarrhoea, and increased anger.
Rare but Severe Side Effects of Advil PM are: depression, yellowing of skin or eyes, liver problems, numbness, tingling and pain in hands and feet, blind spot in the eye, hearing problems, high blood pressure, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythm, stroke, bronchospasm, hepatitis, acute inflammation of the pancreas, red blood in stools, kidney damage, Renal Tubular Necrosis, Kidney Disease, Erythema Multiforme, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, Lupus-Like Syndrome, Hemolytic Anemia, Blood Disorder and Mood Changes.