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Advil® Film-Coated

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 does the fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated tablet look like?

The tablet is the same shape as regular Advil®, but is lighter in color and Advil® is underlined on the tablet.

Is the dose of fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated the same as regular Advil®?

Yes, both products have the same dose and effective power of Advil®. Use as directed on label. For more information on dosing, visit the Dosage and Directions section of this FAQ.

Why does it say Caplets and Tablets on my fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Caplets package?

Caplets and tablets describe the dosage form. Tablets are round and “caplets” is short hand for capsule-shaped. The FDA considers “caplet” to be a type of tablet.

Should I be concerned about the amount of sodium in fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated?

The levels of sodium in fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated tablets 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. Per the FDA*, the recommended daily value for sodium is less than 2,400 mg per day, although some people may need less due to health concerns. Speak with your doctor about your sodium intake.

*“Sodium in Your Diet: Use the Nutrition Facts Label and Reduce Your Intake” retrieved from

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.

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.

Is the fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets sugar-coated like regular Advil®?

Fast acting Advil® is Film-Coated, not sugar-coated like Advil® but the coating has a similar sweet taste.

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