There are many pain medications available in the market, so 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). NSAIDs like Advil reduce the amount of pain causing chemicals produced by the body. This reduction in chemicals helps lead to reduced inflammation and pain. Ibuprofen-based NSAIDs are commonly used to manage pain and inflammation (swelling and redness) associated with some common types of musculoskeletal disorders, and treat non-inflammatory conditions such as headaches, migraine headaches and period pain, and to reduce fever.
Any medication, including Advil, may have side effects. You should not take more than the recommended dose because it will increase the risk of side effects. To maximize the benefit and reduce risk, it is important to use OTC medicines responsibly and according to the label and to speak with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.