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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 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 new Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis.
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 (see below). They look similar to Advil® Liqui-Gels®, only they’re 33% smaller.
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 are Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis?
New Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis provide the same amount of ibuprofen (200mg ibuprofen) as Advil® Liqui-Gels® in a 33% smaller capsule. Learn more about new Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis.
What is Advil® Menstrual Pain?
Advil® Menstrual Pain provides non-drowsy relief of tough cramps, headaches and backaches for up to six hours. It targets the cause of menstrual cramps and discomfort to provide relief of all your period pains. When period pain strikes, choose Advil®, the brand OB/GYNs recommend for menstrual pain more than Midol or Pamprin. Powerful pain relief. Period.
What’s the difference between Advil® Menstrual Pain and Midol® Complete or Pamprin®?
Advil® Menstrual Pain contains a powerful non-drowsy pain reliever that targets the cause of tough 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 drowsy during the day.
What are fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets effective for?
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.
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. FDA considers “caplet” to be a type of tablet.
Is the dose of fast acting Advil® Film-Coated the same as regular Advil®?
Yes, both products have the same dose. Use as directed on the label.
What does the fast acting Advil® Film-Coated tablet look like?
The tablet is the same shape as the regular base Advil®, but is lighter in color and Advil® is underlined on the tablet.
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.
How are the 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.
How do fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets work?
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.
Where can I buy Advil® Menstrual Pain?
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.
What is the difference between Advil® Menstrual Pain and regular Advil® Tablets?
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).
Can I take Advil® Menstrual Pain for other pains besides menstrual cramps?
Yes. Advil® Menstrual Pain targets the cause of your menstrual cramps, as well as headaches, backaches, and muscle aches, which are all pains women commonly experience with their period. Plus, 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.
Where can I purchase Advil®?
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.
Why is there a difference between the labels on your website and some of the labels on the product package?
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.
What proper dosage of Advil® tablets/ caplets/ gel-caps/ Liqui-Gels® should I take?
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
Are Advil® Liqui-Gels® faster than Extra Strength Tylenol® on tough pain?
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®.
What type of closure is on the product bottle? What type of child resistant packaging does the product contain?
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.
What is the difference between Advil® Liqui-Gels®, tablets, caplets and gel caps?
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.
How does Advil® work?
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.
How are the fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets different than Advil® Liqui-Gels®?
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.
What is Advil® effective for?
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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