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What is the difference between advil and ibuprofen?

Advil just says active ingredient is ibuprofen.

What am I missing here?

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Asked by staciandababy at 11:04 PM on Sep. 20, 2013 in Health

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  • Advil is just a brand name of ibuprofen.
    Ibuprofen is the generic drug name.
    They are one in the same.

    Answer by Crafty26 at 11:06 PM on Sep. 20, 2013

  • Yep^^^^

    No difference..I buy my OTC pain meds at the dollar store mostly unless I find a better sale.

    Answer by tntmom1027 at 12:08 AM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • Get the store brand of Ibuprofen. It's the same as Advil and a lot cheaper.

    Answer by Ballad at 12:09 AM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • The only thing about dollar store medications/toiletries/etc is country of origin. I would have to go back and look but I just don't trust it.

    I only have advil in the house from a coupon stock up price. I had never used it before and was surprised it was just ibuprofen. A lot of hoopla for nothing special.

    Comment by staciandababy (original poster) at 12:15 AM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • It is the same. I believe they say it is the way it is processed that makes it better, but really the active ingredient is the same.

    Answer by Dardenella at 12:50 AM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • Active ingredients are the same but the binder agents and/or the coating can vary.

    Answer by Crafty26 at 1:26 AM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • Advil is a name brand. So if you want to buy just Ibuprofen. (cheaper) you can.

    Answer by louise2 at 5:36 AM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • Walmart has a bottle of 20 for around a dollar

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 9:20 AM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • Advil is Ibuprofen. It's just a Brand name & Ibuprofen is the drug.


    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 10:20 AM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • My stomach can handle Advil, but not generic ibuprofen. I assume it to be the coating or binding agent.

    Answer by matobe at 1:30 AM on Sep. 22, 2013

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