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A 19-year-old female asked:

Just a curious question. why does ibuprofen work better for me than advil (ibuprofen)?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
No scientific answer: Ibuprofen is the generic ingredient sold as Motrin, Advil, (ibuprofen) etc. There is no scientific reason why a generic should work better than a brand of same ingredient of same dose, unless there are differences in formulation that make one more easily absorbed and thus more bio-active than the other. The good news is that the less expensive version works for you. So bottom line, take what works best 4 you.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Prescription ibuprofen and naprosyn are much cheaper than over the counter forms. Get a prescription for these to use as needed. Saves a lot of dough. It is also easier on your stomach to take one pill rather than 2-3 small ones (less surface area). Never take if abd. pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or on empty stomach though, then use tylenol..
May 7, 2015

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