A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
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Advil is a common over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication used to treat various conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, dysmenorrhea, and mild to moderate pain.
Advil is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by inhibiting the formation of prostaglandins, which are a type of signal molecule used by various cells of the body.
The usual OTC dose for Advil is 200 mg tablets. The 400 mg and 800 mg tablets are prescription-only.
Do not take more than 3200 mg of Advil per day unless directed otherwise by your physician.
The usual Advil dosage is 1-2 tablets by mouth every four to six hours as needed for pain. Advil and other NSAIDs should be taken with food.
Advil should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period.
The active ingredient in Advil is ibuprofen.
Common drug-drug interactions with Advil may include:
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all medications you are taking before starting Advil.
Advil can increase the risk of serious cardiovascular events like fatal heart attack and stroke. The risk is higher the longer Advil is used.
Advil and other NSAIDs increase the risk of stomach ulcers and other gastrointestinal side effects.
Ask your doctor and pharmacist for a full list of precautions.
Common side effects with Advil may include:
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