v3.19.3
Document and Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Oct. 29, 2019
Entity Information    
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2019  
Document Transition Report false  
Entity File Number 001-35565  
Entity Registrant Name AbbVie Inc.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001551152  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code DE  
Entity Tax Identification Number 32-0375147  
Entity Address, Address Line One 1 North Waukegan Road  
Entity Address, City or Town North Chicago  
Entity Address, State or Province IL  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 60064  
City Area Code 847  
Local Phone Number 932-7900  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business false  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   1,478,821,109
Common Stock [Member] | NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, INC. [Member]    
Entity Information    
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share  
Trading Symbol ABBV  
Security Exchange Name NYSE  
Common Stock [Member] | CHICAGO STOCK EXCHANGE, INC [Member]    
Entity Information    
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share  
Trading Symbol ABBV  
Security Exchange Name CHX  
Sec 1.375 Senior Notes Due 2024 [Member] | NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, INC. [Member]    
Entity Information    
Title of 12(b) Security 1.375% Senior Notes due 2024  
Trading Symbol ABBV24  
Security Exchange Name NYSE  
Sec 0.750 Senior Notes Due 2027 [Member] | NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, INC. [Member]    
Entity Information    
Title of 12(b) Security 0.750% Senior Notes due 2027  
Trading Symbol ABBV27  
Security Exchange Name NYSE  
Sec 2.125 Senior Notes due 2028 [Member] | NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, INC. [Member]    
Entity Information    
Title of 12(b) Security 2.125% Senior Notes due 2028  
Trading Symbol ABBV28  
Security Exchange Name NYSE  
Sec 1.250 Senior Notes due 2031 [Member] | NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, INC. [Member]    
Entity Information    
Title of 12(b) Security 1.250% Senior Notes due 2031  
Trading Symbol ABBV31  
Security Exchange Name NYSE