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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.

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