Difference between Advil and Motrin
Advil and Motrin :
Advil and Motrin are familiar names which refer to over the counter pain killer that many people around the world take refuge in. many assume that these two are different drugs, but both these names stand for the same medicine referred to as Ibuprofen which is known by the two names Advil and Motrin all over the world.
The most common medications among over-the-counter medications are the antipyretics and anti-inflammatory drugs and they are collectively known as, NSAIDs (Non-steriodal Anti-inflammatory Drugs). These are thus issued over the counter as the people who demand for these drugs all complain of the common flu, fever and other minor symptoms which are regular ailments that are not considered as threatening or dangerous to health.
NSAIDs react to certain causes that cause prostaglandin release. When one feels pain, it is the affected nerves that have the responsibility of sending these pain messages into our brain. Thus, our brain send neurotransmitters as response to these messages carried to the brain by these nerves. Thus, Prostaglandins are released automatically in response to the pain and these prostaglandins makes one conscious of the pain that occurs as a result of some ailment that exists inside one’s body. But the NSAIDs cease the activity of the neurotransmitters and because of this, the patient is unable to feel. Some NSAIDs reduce swelling and also, they possess an antipyretic property, which can help lower body temperature to normal levels which helps in fever reduction.
Ibuprofen, sold as Advil or Motrin, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug commonly used for relief of symptoms of arthritis, pains in relation with menstrual cramps, migraines and other bodily pains. It also reduces fever just like Tylenol, and it is also known to reduce clotting of blood. Yet, unlike Tylenol, Advil is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug which as a result can be used effectively for pains resulting from inflammation such as sunburn, arthritis and sprains. And also, unlike Tylenol, Advil is advised to be taken after a meal as it is known to affect the lining of the stomach causing gastrointestinal upset and increasing the blood pressure. The side effects of Advil and dizziness, nausea and Gastrointestinal bleeding. Therefore, patients suffering from heartburn, stomach ulcers or high blood pressure should consult a doctor before using Advil.
Advil and Motrin are merely brand names used for Ibuprofen. Advil on the other hand is supposed to be the oldest among the two brands whereas Motrin is the newer brand of Ibuprofen which was recently introduced. Although both have the same effects on the individual, Motrin is supposed to have its effect faster on the individual, rather than Advil which takes time to bring down fever or reduce pain. therefore, one is advised to take Motrin if instant pain reduction is expected although there is no real difference between these two brands.