While there are many pain relievers available for sale without a prescription, it is important to know the differences between them. The pain reliever in Advil® is ibuprofen, which is part of a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) that also includes aspirin and naproxen sodium. Clinical studies have shown that when taken as directed, Advil® is a safe and effective pain reliever.
Advil® is different than other OTC pain medications. Advil® does not contain acetaminophen, an active ingredient that is included in many other pain relievers. Multiple studies have shown that Advil® is stronger and lasts longer on tough pain than other OTC pain relievers.
Patients and doctors have trusted Advil® to deliver fast and long-lasting relief from many kinds of acute pain: headache, muscle aches, minor arthritis and other joint pain, and backache.