Analgesics are medicines that provide temporary relief from pain.
Centrally acting analgesics such as acetylsalicylic acid or ASA (e.g. Aspirin®) and acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol®) decrease the perception of pain by reducing the flow of pain signals from the brain.
Advil contains Ibuprofen, a locally acting, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It acts at the site of pain to reduce or block the amount of pain-causing chemicals produced. Where inflammation is present in the surrounding tissue, Advil will also reduce the pain of inflammation.
It’s important to always use medicines as directed. Any medication may cause 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 medicines responsibly and according to the label. Speak with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.