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Children's Advil/Motrin/Ibuprofen - different formats available?

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Children's Advil/Motrin/Ibuprofen - different formats available?

Besides the chewable tabs and liquid, both which my 3 yr old son hates, are there other formats that advil/motrin/ibuprofen come in? Eg. gummy bears or popsicles or chocolate coated?

I'm having to dissolve the liquid either in yogurt or juice, and given his heavy weight, there's quite a bit of liquid to dissolve and he never gets his full recommended dosage to control his fever.
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CHILDREN'S MOTRIN is available as:

Children's Chewable Tablets (Grape)

Children's Chewable Tablets (Orange)

Children's Suspension Liquid (Berry)

Children's Suspension Liquid (Bubblegum)

Children's Suspension Liquid (Dye-Free)

Children's Suspension Liquid (Grape)

Children's Suspension Liquid (Tropical Punch)

Infants Suspension Drops (Berry Dye-Free)

Junior Strength Chewable Tablets (Grape)

Junior Strength Chewable Tablets (Orange)
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Oct 24, 2007
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Try switching brands and have him pick out which box.

I've found my children now hate the fruit flavoured chewable Advil - but they LOVE bubble gum Tylenol. So, for fevers, they get the Tylenol first. (Advil is now only for those time you need to stack the doses.)
Sep 12, 2007
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you could try the junior strength which is more concentrated, but you have to be REALLY careful about the dosing.

For example, the tylenol meltaway tabs for ages 2-6 are 80 mg each, my daughter has to take 3 based on her weight. The junior strength is 160mg/tablet, so she'd have to take 1.5 tablets. The package is labelled for ages 6 - 11 though. She actually doesn't mind the tablets at all, but it would be easier i suppose to get 1.5 tablets into her rather than 3 if she raised a fuss

Try also giving him a drink he likes - juice or even pop if you have to - to swallow as soon as he takes the medicine to wash the taste away, or you could try dosing in a dropper and squirting it in the back of his mouth so the taste doesn't get on the tongue

I actually have both the liquid and the tablets on hand and ask her which she would prefer - liquid, tablets, or suppositories in her "bumby" She'll usually make a choice between the first two, most kids are horrified at the thought of the suppository
May 21, 2008
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Unfortunately, there aren't any "alternative" dosing forms. If you want to stick to liquid to mask the taste, go with the "Pediatric" (infant) drops instead of the "Children's Liquid". The pediatric drops are more concentrated. I know that you have a lot of liquid, based on your child's weight, but using the infant drops will cut the amount of liquid to half. It might be easier to stick with liquid to mask the taste than switch to tablets.

For instance, if he weighs 35 lbs (approx 16 kg) then he needs 80-160 mg (depending on the problem / fever level). That would only be 2-4 mL, using the infant drops. I would draw the required amount up in a 10 mL syringe, along with 6 to 8 mL of grape juice (or something with a strong flavour). For my kids, I try to make it fun for them. My son is also 3 years old, and I give him the syringe so that he can administer it himself. Or, you could give it in a small medicine cup (or shot glass) and let him drink it himself. We often play "doctor" while we are doing it, so I am the doctor and he is the patient.

Only problem is that the infant drops are more expensive than the Children's liquid on a mg to mg basis! So, from a "Red Flag Deals" standpoint, I stick with the Children's Liquid! LOL! Good luck!
Jan 31, 2016
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They should seriously make them in gummy format. My 5 year old boy cannot stand the chewables to the point he gags so bad. This is even when they're crushed in pudding, Yogurt, or apple sauce. He loves gummy vitamins though, so that would be perfect.
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We switched to Children's Advil (Ibuprofen)... only if to mitigate the very small chance of liver problems with Tylenol.
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I guess I should feel lucky that my two older girls will eat the chewables without too much fuss.
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Feb 2nd, 2016 8:59 am
We switched to Children's Advil (Ibuprofen)... only if to mitigate the very small chance of liver problems with Tylenol.
We cycle between the two - there doesn't seem to be a win/win situation as NSAIDs like ibuprofen can increase your chance of heart attack and stroke (though I don't know how big an issue this is with kids, other than them being a little harder on the stomach). Acetaminophen is fine, just don't go near the daily maximum...which I think is something ridiculous like five doses.
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glenzee wrote:
Feb 1st, 2016 11:48 pm
They should seriously make them in gummy format. My 5 year old boy cannot stand the chewables to the point he gags so bad. This is even when they're crushed in pudding, Yogurt, or apple sauce. He loves gummy vitamins though, so that would be perfect.
They won't do this because of the risk of a child thinking they are candy.
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Feb 2nd, 2016 1:33 pm
I thought one of the services that pharmacies provide was the ability to turn the solid medicine (tablet, etc.) into a liquid: ... nding.html

I am not sure if they would do this for over the counter medication though.
I believe they can, although I've only had experience with prescription medication (synthroid for our daughter since she was born). The catch? For one, it's expensive. If you're able to grind pills yourself, it's an enormous cost saver. That and the suspensions have a much shorter life - where the pills will last for years, the liquid suspension isn't recommended for consumption past two weeks.

Easiest would be to crush a chewable Tylenol and mix into a small amount of fruit juice.
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I've transitioned my kids to the 200mg adult Ibuprofen pills from the chewables around the age of 3. Their weight was appropriate and with a spoonful of honey and some water, they prefer those and swallow much quicker. It's definitely less costly.
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Heads up there is a recall on Advil liquid products for children... check your lot numbers! ... 0a-eng.php
Health Canada is informing Canadians that Pfizer Consumer Healthcare has initiated a voluntary recall of 126 lots of Advil liquid products for infants and children because of a potential risk of inconsistences in dosing of the product.

“Clumps” of Ibuprofen may form in the bottle and lead to higher or lower doses that are given to infants and children if it is not shaken well before each use.

Lower doses may not be adequate in reducing the fever, leading to other health issues which could include, in rare instances, convulsions. Although unlikely, higher doses may lead to vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness, ‘ringing in the ears’ and decreased breathing rates.

The likelihood of these potentially severe adverse consequences is remote as long as the product has always been shaken well before each use as per label instructions.

As a precaution, Health Canada is recommending that consumers stop using these products and return them to a pharmacy.

Health Canada is advising parents who have given these products to their children and have concerns to consult with their health care practitioner.

Health Canada is monitoring Pfizer’s recall and will inform Canadians if new safety information arises.

Product Lots Expiry date
Advil Pediatric Drops
DIN 02242522

J75537 2016-09-30
L60915 2017-04-30
J29783 2016-06-30
L21292 2017-01-31
L95489 2017-07-31
J45638 2016-06-30
J64555 2016-11-30
L95525 2017-05-31
J18259 2016-04-30
J42602 2016-10-31
J45639 2016-06-30
J57962 2016-07-31
J64028 2016-11-30
J75622 2016-08-31
L34832 2017-01-31
L60901 2017-05-31
L95530 2017-07-31
J50036 2016-11-30
J75624 2016-07-31
J90515 2016-08-31
Children's Advil Cold
DIN 02248435
R17653 2016-09-30
R23674 2017-03-31
L98621 2017-08-31
Children's Advil Fever from Colds or Flu
DIN 02328437

J42100 2017-11-30
J45606 2017-06-30
L44485 2018-02-28
L79027 2018-08-31
Children's Advil
DIN 02232297

J18208 2016-03-31
J18209 2016-03-31
J18210 2016-03-31
J29738 2016-05-31
J29739 2016-05-31
J29740 2016-05-31
J49017 2016-11-30
J49018 2016-12-31
J49035 2016-12-31
J49054 2016-12-31
J49055 2016-12-31
J57911 2016-08-31
J57912 2016-08-31
J57913 2016-08-31
J57914 2016-09-30
J57915 2016-09-30
J57916 2016-09-30
J90489 2016-10-31
J90490 2016-10-31
J90491 2016-10-31
L34743 2017-01-31
L44489 2017-02-28
L60902 2017-04-30
L79079 2017-08-31
L79082 2017-08-31
L79109 2017-08-31
L90679 2017-05-31
L90680 2017-06-30
L90681 2017-05-31
L94962 2017-06-30
L94963 2017-06-30
L94964 2017-06-30
J18211 2016-04-30
J45608 2016-07-31
J49056 2016-12-31
J75500 2016-08-31
J90492 2016-10-31
L34744 2017-01-31
L90682 2017-05-31
L94966 2017-06-30
H98207 2016-02-29
J45613 2016-06-30
J57920 2016-09-30
L79286 2017-08-31
L94976 2017-07-31
H13899 2016-03-31
J29750 2016-05-31
J57924 2016-06-30
L44503 2017-01-31
L94977 2017-07-31
J18219 2016-03-31
J29771 2016-05-31
J45622 2016-07-31
J49591 2016-12-31
J63997 2016-10-31
J75521 2016-09-30
L60913 2017-04-30
L60914 2017-05-31
L79542 2017-08-31
L79547 2017-08-31
L94975 2017-07-31
J18449 2016-05-31
J80823 2016-08-31
L94978 2017-05-31
J18451 2016-05-31
J80824 2016-09-30
L92069 2017-05-31
M01103 2017-08-31
M06649 2017-08-31
M06650 2017-08-31
J29789 2017-05-31
J57937 2017-06-30
J64025 2017-10-31
J75587 2017-09-30
L21296 2017-12-31
L95491 2018-06-30
J29815 2017-04-30
J57938 2017-08-31
J64174 2017-10-31
L21304 2018-01-31
L95493 2018-06-30
J18249 2016-04-30
J29868 2016-05-31
J75606 2016-12-31
L21333 2016-12-31
L95500 2017-06-30
M11856 2017-08-31
H98635 2017-03-31
J29877 2017-05-31
J29878 2017-06-30
J49946 2017-11-30
J57952 2017-08-31
J64271 2017-11-30
L60919 2018-04-30
L95514 2018-07-31
L36035 2017-06-30
L93754 2017-08-31
Advil Pediatric Drops Fever from Colds or Flu
DIN 02328445

J57902 2016-07-31
L60899 2017-05-31
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In my opinion, some of you are making it way more complex than it should be. We've always used regular store-brand ibuprofen (or acetaminophen) splitted in 2 or 3 depending on the kid's age and weight. It is way cheaper and I'm against drugs that taste good.