Ibuprofen, Motrin and Advil are all the same medication, just with different names. It is useful for pain, inflammation and fever. Unfortunately it can cause stomach upset, so you should use it with caution if you have stomach ulcers, acid reflux, GERD or a sensitive stomach. It comes in liquid and tablet forms, with tablet strengths from 200mg to 800mg. It should be taken with food, 3 times daily, if necessary, and you should not take more that 2400 mg in one day - that means no more than 3 of the 800mg tabs per day. You should use the lowest effective dose for the shortest effective duration, i.e. don't take more than you have to, for longer than you have to, or you put yourself at risk for stomach irritation and other effects. If your pain or fever persists, please see a doctor.
Dr. Elsa Wilson
General Practice Physician and Life Coach.