Can you freeze Advil?

In this guide, we’ll address the query: “Can you freeze Advil?” Also, we’ll explore why Advil shouldn’t be frozen, what Advil is, what are the contraindications of Advil, and what are the effects of using Advil. 

Can you freeze Advil

No, you can not freeze Advil; it should not be stored at subzero temperatures. Failure to heed the instructions printed on the box may result in the medication’s components denaturing and as a result, not yielding the desired effect. 

All medications should be stored precisely as the manufacturer indicates on the packaging to avoid loss of quality and potentially hazardous effects 

Why shouldn’t I freeze Advil?

Advil should not be stored in a freezer, because the manufacturer indicates that its storage range is between 15 to 25°C. 

The active ingredient in Advil, Ibuprofen, is sensitive to oxidative and photolytic degradation. This means that exposure to air and light can denaturalize its components. 

Advil comes in presentations such as suspensions (for pediatric doses), gel capsules, and tablets. Liquid presentations are more susceptible to degradation in the case of suspensions, these should never be stored in the freezer, as crystallization may occur, and the molecular composition will be altered. 

If chemically altered, taking may have noxious effects, or even not have any effect at all. For this reason, storing it at sub-zero temperatures isn’t recommended. 

What is Advil

Advil is the commercial name of a brand of Ibuprofen, which is a nonsteroidal medication. Ibuprofen is commonly used as an analgesic (pain killer), antipyretic (to treat fevers), and anti-inflammatory medication.  

It can be used to treat headaches, toothaches, muscle aches, fevers, inflammatory disorders such as arthritis, sore throats, and other types of swelling. 

Ibuprofen, the active ingredient in Advil, was developed in the 1960s by the Boots Group. It was discovered by Antonio Ribiera Blancafort, an intern who synthesized the chemical structure. 

In 1961, it was patented and in 1969, it was launched as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in Great Britain, and by 1974, it was made available in the USA. 

In actuality, the world health organization (WHO) considers it an essential medicine that should be ubiquitously present in first aid kits. 

What are the contraindications of Advil? 

The active ingredient in Advil is not indicated for use by patients with hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients in the formulation.

Also, patients with sensitivities to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) should not use Advil, nor should patients with Asthma that are sensitive to NSAIDs, as well as patients with gastrointestinal bleeding or ulcerations. 

Advil is contraindicated in pregnant women in their third trimester. Also, it should not be mixed with other products containing ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medicines. 

Patients with liver, kidney, or heart disease should use it with caution, and under medical guidance. 

What are the effects of using Advil

Advil, when consumed, is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, and is metabolized in the liver. 

It provides relief from headaches, toothaches, fevers, muscle aches, and cramps, and is indicated in the treatment of inflammations such as sore throats, sprains, and other injuries. 

Patients that have been prescribed other medications such as anticoagulants may have prolonged bleeding times and an increased risk of hemorrhaging 

Adverse reactions to Advil are rare, especially when used briefly and purchased over the counter. However, rare adverse reactions may include: 

  • Gastrointestinal disorders such as dyspepsia, heartburn, nausea, loss of appetite, stomach pain, and diarrhea.
  • Disorders of the central nervous system (CNS) – dizziness, fatigue, headache, nervousness
  • Hypersensitive reactions – skin rashes and itching. Rarely exfoliative dermatitis and epidermal necrolysis have been reported with ibuprofen.
  • In rare cases,  photosensitivity
  • Cardiovascular problems such as fluid retention and in some cases edema. 

These effects are rare at non-prescription doses but have been reported, additionally allergic reactions such as skin rash, itching, swelling of the face, or breathing difficulties may also occur. These are usually not serious and reversible once ingestion of ibuprofen has stopped. 

On the other hand, regular use of ibuprofen may cause anemia, impaired hearing, kidney, and liver damage, bleeding in the stomach and bowels, and an increase in the risk of suffering an ischemic heart.

The daily dosage should not exceed 800 milligrams per dose or 1200 milligrams throughout the day. 

Overdoses of ibuprofen may result in confusion and disorientation, anxiety, drowsiness, abdominal pain, blurred vision, diarrhea, acute kidney and liver poisoning, vomiting, seizures, and in lethal doses, death. 

We urge our readers never to self-medicate and if they are suffering from chronic pain or discomfort, we advise them to consult with their general practitioner. 

A licensed medical professional will assist our readers in finding the underlying causes behind chronic pain and provide guidance, as well as orient them towards specialized treatment. 

Conclusion

In this guide, we’ll address the query: “Can you freeze Advil?” Also, we’ll explore why Advil shouldn’t be frozen, what Advil is, what are the contraindications of Advil, and what are the effects of using Advil.  

References

https://adf.org.au/drug-facts/ibuprofen/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6931163/#:~:text=In%20view%20of%20IBU’s%20widespread,F%20and%2077%C2%B0F).

https://www.healthline.com/health/pain-relief/ibuprofen-advil-side-effects

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682159.html

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