Document and Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2016
Oct. 24, 2016
Document and Entity Information    
Entity Registrant Name AbbVie Inc.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001551152  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2016  
Amendment Flag false  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   1,625,099,012
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3