What is a Generic Drug?

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.

Advil (Ibuprofen)

Also Known as Motrin


Advil (Ibuprofen)

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  • Product Details


    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.

    Fact Table







    Legal status

    US: OTC / Rx-only

    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    2–4 h

    Dosage (Strength)

    200mg, 300mg, 400mg


    Not recommended


    Advil, Motrin

    Protein binding


    PubChem CID






    ATC code






    Routes of administration

    By mouth


    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:

    • Aminolevulinic Acid
    • Apixaban
    • Aspirin
    • Citalopram
    • Cyclosporine
    • Dabigatran
    • Edoxaban
    • Enoxaparin
    • Fluoxetine
    • Heparin
    • Imatinib
    • Ketorolac
    • Lithium
    • Loop diuretics
    • Methotrexate
    • Naproxen
    • Paroxetine
    • Pemetrexed
    • Rivaroxaban
    • Sertraline
    • Sodium phosphates
    • Tenofovir
    • Urokinase
    • Warfarin

    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.

    Side Effects

    Common side effects with Advil may include:

    • Abdominal cramps
    • Abdominal distress
    • Abdominal pain
    • Anemia
    • Bloating
    • Constipation
    • Decreased appetite
    • Decreased hemoglobin
    • Diarrhea
    • Dizziness
    • Dyspepsia
    • Edema
    • Epigastric pain
    • Flatulence
    • Fluid retention
    • Headache
    • Heartburn
    • Increased liver enzymes
    • Maculopapular rash
    • Nausea
    • Nervousness
    • Prolonged bleed time
    • Pruritus
    • Renal function abnormality
    • Skin rash
    • Tinnitus
    • Vomiting


    1. Advil [package insert]. Livonia, MI: Major Pharmaceuticals; 2021.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Advil

    What is Advil?

    Advil is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that relieves pain and inflammation.

    What is Advil used for?

    Advil is used to treat many types of pain, including headache, toothache, back pain, menstrual cramps, and muscle aches. It is also used to reduce fever.

    How much Advil should I take?

    The dosage of Advil depends on your age, weight, and the condition you are treating. Always follow the directions on the label or as prescribed by your doctor.

    How often can I take Advil?

    You can take Advil every 4-6 hours as needed. Do not take more than 800 milligrams per dose or 3200 milligrams per day.

    What are the side effects of Advil?

    Common side effects of Advil include stomach upset, heartburn, and diarrhea. More serious side effects can occur, such as bleeding ulcers and stomach perforation.

    Who should not take Advil?

    Advil should not be taken by people who are allergic to ibuprofen or other NSAIDs. It should also not be taken by people with stomach ulcers, bleeding disorders, or kidney disease.

    Can I take Advil while pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Advil is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits before taking Advil.

    Can I take Advil with other medications?

    Advil can interact with other medications, including aspirin, blood thinners, and diuretics. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Advil with other medications.

    What should I do if I overdose on Advil?

    If you overdose on Advil, seek medical attention immediately. Overdose symptoms may include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and coma.

    How should I store Advil?

    Advil should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 1566

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