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Does Advil® contain sodium?

Fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated contains ibuprofen sodium-a salt form of ibuprofen that dissolves differently from standard ibuprofen. However, each tablet contains 22 mg of sodium. Even if the maximum daily dose is taken (6 tablets), the total amount of sodium ingested is only 132 mg. Per the FDA, the recommended daily value for sodium is less than 2,400 mg per day, although some people may need less due to health concerns. Speak with your doctor about your sodium intake.

*"Sodium in Your Diet: Use the Nutrition Facts Label and Reduce Your Intake" retrieved from FDA.gov.

Why do Advil® tablets taste sweet?

The coating of Advil® tablets contain a small amount of sugar, which gives them a sweet taste.

Does Advil® have caffeine?

No. If pain is keeping you awake at night and you want a medication that can help you fall asleep, learn more about Advil® PM.

What is ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen is in a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). You feel pain after your body produces hormones or chemicals that send out pain signals. Ibuprofen temporarily blocks the production of those chemicals, relieving your pain.

Ibuprofen is the pain reliever in Advil®.

What are NSAIDs?

NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are a group of chemical compounds that often are chemically unrelated but share therapeutic actions such as analgesic (pain-relieving) and antipyretic (fever-reducing) effects.

Does Advil® contain aspirin?

No. The pain reliever in Advil® is ibuprofen, however both are part of the class of drugs known as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug).

Does Advil® contain acetaminophen?

No. Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and a fever reducer, but it is not an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug). Advil®, which contains ibuprofen, is an NSAID and treats pain by temporarily blocking chemicals in your body that signal pain.

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