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Advil® Menstrual Pain contains a powerful non-drowsy pain reliever that provides powerful pain relief of all your menstrual pains, including cramps, backache, and headache. Unlike Midol® Complete or Pamprin®, it is also caffeine-free and antihistamine-free, so it won’t keep you up at night or make you sleepy during the day.
Fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets temporarily relieve minor aches and pains due to: headache, toothache, backache, menstrual cramps, the common cold, muscular aches and the minor pain of arthritis. Fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets also temporarily reduce fevers.
Caplets and tablets describe the dosage form. Tablets are round and “caplets” is short hand for capsule-shaped. FDA considers “caplet” to be a type of tablet.
Yes, both products have the same dose. Use as directed on the label.
The tablet is the same shape as the regular base Advil®, but is lighter in color and Advil® is underlined on the tablet.
Fast acting Advil® is Film-Coated, not sugar-coated like Advil® but the coating has a similar sweet taste.
In addition to a thinner tablet coating, fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets are a different formula with a core of ibuprofen sodium, a salt form of ibuprofen that is much more soluble in water than standard ibuprofen. They are designed for fast absorption and fast relief.
Fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets have a Rapid Release Formula that uses a core of ibuprofen sodium, a salt form of ibuprofen that is much more soluble in water than standard ibuprofen. Because they are more soluble, they dissolve fast, and can be absorbed into the body fast.
You can buy Advil® Menstrual Pain at many national retailers including Target, CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walmart.  Look for it with menstrual pain relievers in the OTC aisle, or in the Feminine Hygiene aisle.  We do recommend contacting your local store to confirm they have it in stock though.
Advil® Menstrual Pain has a different formula than Advil® Tablets. It is formulated with ibuprofen sodium, a salt form of ibuprofen that dissolves differently from standard ibuprofen (which is in Advil® Tablets).
Yes! Advil® Menstrual Pain treats menstrual cramps, as well as headaches, backaches, and muscle aches, which are all pains women commonly experience with their period (and Advil® Menstrual Pain will treat these pains even if you don’t have your period!). Please refer to the product label for a full list of uses.
Most retail grocery, pharmacy and convenience stores carry a variety of Advil® products. Please check our "Buy Now" page on this website to locate a store near you that carries our products. You may also find online stores that carry the products on this page as well.
The FDA has requested that all manufacturers of over the counter (OTC) non-aspirin non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), including ibuprofen (such as Advil® and Motrin®) and naproxen sodium (such as Aleve®), update the drug facts label warnings related to cardiovascular risk. Our website reflects the current labeling in compliance with this new guidance. As retailers replenish their Advil® product inventory, you will see the updated label on our product packaging. Continue to follow the directions for use on the product labeling you purchased. When used as directed, Advil® continues to be safe and effective on tough pain.
Do not take more than directed. The smallest effective dose should be used. Adults and children 12 years and over: Take 1 tablet/ Liqui-Gels® every 4 to 6 hours while symptoms persist If pain or fever does not respond to 1 tablet/ Liqui-Gels®, 2 tablets/ Liqui-Gels® may be used Do not exceed 6 tablets/ Liqui-Gels® in 24 hours, unless directed by a doctor Children under 12 years: Ask a doctor
Yes. In clinical tests, Advil® Liqui-Gels® were evaluated for speed of pain relief against Extra Strength Tylenol, and results showed that Advil® Liqui-Gels® relieve tough pain significantly faster than Extra Strength Tylenol.
Advil® products are available with child-resistant caps. Advil® Tablets and Advil® Liqui-Gels® are also available in a non-child resistant cap for those who may suffer from joint pain. Make sure to keep these products out of reach from children.
Form is a matter of preference, as each is effective as indicated by label. Tablets are the original round form of Advil®, which has been trusted by millions for over 30 years. Oblong-shaped Advil® are called caplets — which are available with a gel coating (gel caps) so they’re easier to swallow. Advil® Liqui-Gels® don’t just look different from the others, they are different as they contain solubilized ibuprofen. Consequently they’re absorbed into the body more quickly for faster pain relief. Fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets have a Rapid Release Formula with a core of ibuprofen sodium, a salt form of ibuprofen that is much more soluble in water than standard ibuprofen. Because they are more soluble, they dissolve fast, and can be absorbed into the body fast.
One of the main classes of chemicals that the body produces as part of the inflammatory process is prostaglandins, which produce pain and fever. Advil® temporarily blocks the body's production of prostaglandins, reducing pain and fever.
Advil® Liqui-Gels® are a liquid form of ibuprofen inside a gelatin capsule. Fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets are a solid dose form of ibuprofen sodium. Both products are designed for fast absorption and fast relief.
Advil® temporarily reduces fever and relieves minor aches and pains due to: headache, the minor pain of arthritis, toothache, backache, menstrual cramps, the common cold and muscular aches.

Ingredients

The active ingredient in fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets is ibuprofen. It is present in the tablets as sodium ibuprofen, a different form of ibuprofen that is much more soluble in water than standard ibuprofen.
Levels of sodium are not high enough to require label warnings. Each fast acting Advil® Film-Coated tablet contains 22 mg of sodium. Even if the maximum daily dose is taken (6 tablets), the total amount of sodium ingested is only 132 mg.
NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are a group of chemical compounds that often are chemically unrelated but share therapeutic actions such as analgesic (pain-relieving) and antipyretic (used reduce fever) effects.
No. Unlike certain combination products, Advil® Menstrual Pain is caffeine free and antihistamine free, so it won’t keep you up at night or make you sleepy during the day. Advil® Menstrual Pain contains ibuprofen sodium, a powerful pain reliever which targets the cause of your menstrual pain for up to six hours of relief.
“Solubilized ibuprofen," like that in Advil® Liqui-Gels®, is ibuprofen that has been completely dissolved in a liquid center inside a soft capsule shell.
The active ingredient is ibuprofen, an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) that is a pain reliever and fever reducer.
The active ingredient is solubilized ibuprofen equal to 200 mg ibuprofen (NSAID)* (present as the free acid and potassium salt.) Since it’s solubilized, the pain reliever is in liquid form so it’s absorbed more quickly by your body. *nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug

Interactions

While Advil® can be taken with nutritional supplements, but it’s recommended that you discuss any risks with your physician or pharmacist before taking Advil® with nutritional supplements.
Advil® should not be taken with any other product containing ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen or aspirin. If you’re not sure if it will interfere with your other medications, consult your physician first.
Since herbal supplements may contain complex formulations that can interact with medications, consult with your physician or pharmacist before taking them with Advil®.
It is not necessary to take Advil® with food, however, take it with food or milk if an upset stomach occurs. Consult your physician before taking any NSAID or if you have a history of stomach problems such as heartburn, upset stomach or stomach pain.
As with any medication, discuss using fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets or any pain reliever with your doctor or pharmacist if you take a prescription medication.
Discuss using Advil® or any pain reliever with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any condition that requires your taking a prescription medication.
Fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets can be taken with nutritional supplements, but if be sure to discuss them with your physician or pharmacist before taking an Advil®.
Contact your physician before taking an Advil® product if you are taking other medications. Fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets should not be taken with any other product containing ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen or aspirin.
Herbal supplements may contain complex formulations that can interact with medications. Consult a physician or pharmacist before taking Advil® Film-Coated Tablets if you are taking herbal supplements.

Side Effects

For more than 30 years, extensive consumer use and numerous clinical studies have shown that Advil®, when used as directed, is a safe and effective OTC pain reliever. The active ingredient in Advil® is ibuprofen, and the over-the-counter dose for Advil® is lower than prescription ibuprofen. See ‘Health Conditions’ section for additional information.
No. Ibuprofen is not habit forming, nor does it demonstrate addictive properties. Studies indicate that ibuprofen affects the body (peripherally active), not the brain (not centrally active). Advil® is nonnarcotic.
Effects of ibuprofen on the liver are rare but may include liver disorder, abnormal liver function, hepatitis and jaundice, and, they may occur at higher than recommended OTC doses. When taken according to the label, adverse effects of fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets on the liver are uncommon. If you have liver cirrhosis or other concerns about taking fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets, consult a physician.
No. Keep in mind, while no observed tolerance build up has been shown, over-the-counter pain relievers (including Advil®) should not be used for longer than 10 days unless directed by a physician.
While ibuprofen may cause ulcers, they’re usually the result of higher prescription doses or when administered for long periods of time. Studies have proven that Advil® is safe and effective when used as directed. If you have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn, consult your doctor before using Advil®.
When taken as directed, adverse effects of Advil® on the kidneys are uncommon; however, higher doses can produce adverse effects on the kidneys. Consult your physician before taking Advil® if you are taking a diuretic, have kidney disease or have any other concerns.
When taken as directed, adverse effects on the liver are uncommon. Effects on the liver are rare but may include liver disorder, abnormal liver function, hepatitis and jaundice, and, they may occur at higher than recommended OTC doses. Consult your physician before taking Advil® if you have liver cirrhosis, or any other concerns about taking this product.

Health Conditions

We do not recommend taking fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets if you have an ulcer because of the increased risk of severe stomach bleeding. Please consult your doctor for appropriate advice before taking any Advil® product if you have an ulcer.
We do not recommend taking Advil® if you have an ulcer because of the increased risk of severe stomach bleeding. Please consult your doctor for appropriate advice before taking Advil® if you have an ulcer.
You should ask a doctor before taking Advil® if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, kidney disease, asthma, or had a stroke.
As with any medication, if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, you should seek the advice of a health professional before using an Advil®. Do not use ibuprofen during the last three months of pregnancy unless directed to do so by a physician.
If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, you should seek the advice of a health professional before using Advil®. Do not use ibuprofen during the last three months of pregnancy unless directed by a physician.

Arthritis

There is no known cure for arthritis. Advil® (at the recommended nonprescription dose) can provide temporary relief of minor pain associated with arthritis. For more information on the appropriate treatment of arthritis, consult your physician.
Advil® currently offers tablets and Liqui-Gels® in a bottle with an easy-open cap which has received the Ease-of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation. This bottle is not suitable for households with young children.

Allergies & Sensitivity

When taken as directed on the label, adverse effects of fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets on the kidneys are uncommon, but higher doses may produce adverse effects on the kidneys. Consult your physician before taking any Advil® product if you are taking a diuretic, have kidney disease or have any other concerns.
Gluten is not added to any Advil® products during the manufacturing process. However, we cannot guarantee that minute amounts of gluten or gluten derivatives are not contained in raw materials obtained from various suppliers for our manufacturing process since the end product is not tested for gluten. You should check with your doctor if you have any concerns about taking any Advil® product.
While it’s not necessary to take Advil® Film-Coated Tablets with food, try them with food or milk if an upset stomach occurs. Consult your physician before taking any analgesic if you have a sensitive stomach or a history of stomach problems such as heartburn, upset stomach or stomach pain.

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