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Is Advil an Anti-Inflammatory?

Inflammation is your body’s response to toxins, infections and injuries.i Inflammation can be caused by a number of factors, including lifestyle and dietary habits. Swelling is often a sign of inflammation, although there can be other signs or no signs at all.ii

Is Advil good for inflammation? The answer is slightly complicated. The OTC dose found in Advil products does not treat inflammation specifically. However, while Advil is not an anti-inflammatory medication, Advil can help relieve the pain associated with inflammation. Advil can help treat pain caused by arthritis, pain caused by illness (such as cold or flu), menstrual pain, and more.

Although Advil is not an anti-inflammatory, there are changes you can make in your day-to-day routine to help fight inflammation. Exercising regularly, learning how to manage stress, and eating a nutritious diet packed with anti-inflammatory foods—all of these healthy lifestyle habits are good for inflammation.iii

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i. Tips for Reducing Inflammation and Preventing Disease - Scripps Health. Accessed 7/16/2020. Referenced text is highlighted on page 1, paragraph 1 in source PDF.
ii. Ibid.
iii. Ibid.