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Top Products Questions

How are Advil® Liqui-Gels® different from regular Advil® Tablets?

They contain a liquid form of ibuprofen (the pain reliever in Advil®) so some people prefer them because they’re absorbed into the body quickly for fast pain relief. However, Liqui-Gels® contain the same amount of pain reliever as regular Advil® so you’re getting the same powerful pain relief no matter which option you choose.

What is the difference between Advil® Liqui-Gels® and Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis?

Our patented technology has concentrated the powerful pain relief of Advil® Liqui-Gels® into a 33% smaller capsule. The result: Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis. They’re easy to swallow so there is no compromising power for size.

What is the difference between the different types of Advil®?

When used as directed, all forms of Advil® are effective at fighting tough pain. Determining which Advil® is right for you depends on your pain relief needs and personal preference.

Compare Advil® products to see which one may be right for you.

What is “solubilized ibuprofen”?

“Solubilized ibuprofen," like the medicine in Advil® Liqui-Gels®, is a liquid form of the pain reliever ibuprofen. The ibuprofen has been completely dissolved in a liquid center inside a soft capsule shell, which is surrounded by a gelatin coating – which is why they’re called “Liqui-Gels®.”

How big are Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis? What do they look like?

Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis are green, oblong liquid-filled capsules imprinted with the Advil® logo. They look similar to Advil® Liqui-Gels®, only they’re 33% smaller.

How does Advil® work?

When you experience pain and fever, it’s because there is an increase in the production of chemicals called prostaglandins, which trigger pain signals. Advil® temporarily blocks the production of prostaglandins, reducing pain and fever.

What are fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets?

The powerful pain relief of Advil® in a Rapid Release Formula that dissolves quickly and absorbs fast to help stop pain before it gets worse. Featuring a core of ibuprofen sodium – a salt form of ibuprofen that is 250 times more soluble in water than standard ibuprofen – Advil® Film-Coated Tablets are absorbed by the body quickly. In fact, nothing is proven to work faster.*

*Among OTC pain relievers.

What makes Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis easy to swallow?

Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis come in a 33% smaller capsule which makes them easy to swallow. How do we know? Because in survey studies people found Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis easier to swallow. Since you’re not sacrificing power for size, you’re getting the same powerful pain relief as regular Advil®. Learn more about Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis.

Where can I purchase Advil®? How much is it?

Most retailers (grocery stores, pharmacy, club and convenience stores) carry Advil® products. Check out our Where to Buy page to find a store near you or where to buy Advil® online.

As the manufacturer of Advil®, we do not set store-level pricing. However, you can visit Offers & Coupons on our site to save on your next purchase.

Can I get samples of Advil®?

Talk to your doctor about getting samples of Advil®. If you’re a healthcare provider, you can request samples of Advil® for your patients, find coupons, and access data and other helpful resources here.

How are fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets different from regular Advil® Tablets?

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.

What does concentrated ibuprofen mean?

Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis patented technology enables us to concentrate the powerful pain relief of Advil® Liqui-Gels® into a 33% smaller capsule. Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis don’t contain a special form of ibuprofen, just a more concentrated dosage form.

What are the best options for over the counter pain relief?

You have a lot of over-the-counter options when it comes to pain relief, which can be overwhelming. Your best option may depend on your specific pain needs and the advice of your doctor.

However, it’s important to know the difference between Advil® and other pain relievers. The pain ingredient in Advil® is ibuprofen, which is part of a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also known as NSAIDs). When you take Advil® you get relief right at the site of pain. Wherever it is, Advil® stops pain right where it starts.

The makers of Advil® do not produce store brand ibuprofen pain medicine.

How are the fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets different than Advil® Liqui-Gels®?

Advil® Liqui-Gels® have a liquid form of ibuprofen inside, while fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets are a solid form of ibuprofen sodium (a salt form of ibuprofen).

Both get absorbed by the body quickly (the first because they’re liquid and the second because they’re a salt form), so both products are designed for fast absorption and fast relief.

What type of closure is on the bottle? Is it child-resistant?

Advil® products are available with child-resistant caps. For those who may suffer from joint pain, Advil® Tablets and Advil® Liqui-Gels® are also available with a non-child resistant, Easy Open Arthritis Cap. Since it is easier to open, make sure to keep the Easy Open Arthritis Cap products out of reach from children.

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