You can trust Advil Muscle & Joint to relieve your patient’s acute pain, including muscle, joint and body pain1

Advil Muscle and Joint

Advil Muscle and Joint acts fast to relieve acute pain including muscle and joint pain1

Proven effective with an established safety profile, fast acting Advil Muscle and Joint contains 400 mg of ibuprofen available in caplet format.1,2

Ibuprofen molecule

Advil contains ibuprofen – a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)

Ibuprofen is the active ingredient in Advil that relieves pain and reduces fever. Like all NSAIDs, ibuprofen is an analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory.1

Data

Overall & GI Tolerability Profile

Ibuprofen comparative tolerability in a large-scale randomized trial

In the PAIN study, published in Clinical Drug Investigation, overall tolerability of ibuprofen was:1,2

  • Statistically equivalent to that of acetaminophen
  • Superior to that of ASA

This large-scale randomized trial comparing nonprescription doses of ASA, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen in 8,677 adults measured rates of significant adverse events related to tolerability. The primary outcome measure was the number of patients with at least one significant adverse event, defined as an event that was serious, severe or moderate, resulted in a second physician consultation, led to cessation of treatment, or was of missing intensity. Statistical analysis tested for equivalence between ibuprofen and acetaminophen and for difference with ASA.1,2*

ASA = acetylsalicylic acid; GI = gastrointestinal.* This was a blinded, multicentre study in general practice of up to 7 days of ASA, acetaminophen (both up to 3 g daily) or ibuprofen (up to 1.2 g daily), administered for common painful conditions, using patient generated data with physician assistance. 1,108 general practitioners included 8,677 adults (2,900 ASA; 2,886 ibuprofen; 2,888 acetaminophen; 3 patients had no code label number). The main indications were musculoskeletal or back pain (48%), sore throat, the common cold and flu (31%).

GI Tolerability Chart

When used as directed for acute pain, OTC ibuprofen is well tolerated1*

In the PAIN study, which included over 8,500 patients, total GI events (including dyspepsia) and abdominal pain were less frequent with ibuprofen (200 mg) compared to ASA (500 mg) or acetaminophen (500 mg) (all p<0.035)1,2

This large-scale randomized trial comparing nonprescription doses of ASA, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen in 8,677 adults measured rates of significant adverse events related to tolerability. The primary outcome measure was the number of patients with at least one significant adverse event, defined as an event that was serious, severe or moderate, resulted in a second physician consultation, led to cessation of treatment, or was of missing intensity. Statistical analysis tested for equivalence between ibuprofen and acetaminophen, and for difference with ASA.1,2*

GI: gastrointestinal; ASA: acetylsalicylic acid; OTC = over the counter.

* This was a blinded, multicentre study in general practice of up to 7 days of ASA, acetaminophen (both up to 3 g daily) or ibuprofen (up to 1.2 g daily), administered for common painful conditions, using patient generated data with physician assistance. 1,108 general practitioners included 8,677 adults (2,900 ASA; 2,886 ibuprofen; 2,888 acetaminophen; 3 patients had no code label number). The main indications were musculoskeletal or back pain (48%), sore throat, the common cold and flu (31%).

Cardiovascular Safety Profile

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Cardiovascular safety profile

Cardiovascular risk of ibuprofen is dose-dependent and did not increase with use at OTC doses (≤1200mg/day):3-7†

Ibuprofen dose Andersohn et al., 2006 Garcia-Rodriguez,et al., 2008 van Staa, et al., 2008 Fosbøl et al., 2009 McGettigan & Henry., 2011
<1,200 mg/day     RR: 1.05 (95% CI: 0.91, 1.22)    
≤1,200 mg/day RR: 0.99 (95% CI: 0.81, 1.21) RR: 1.00 (95% CI: 0.80, 1.25)   HR: 0.92 (95% CI: 0.86, 0.97 RR: 1.05 (95% CI: 0.96, 1.15)

* Long term continuous use may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

CHD = coronary heart disease; CI = confidence interval; HR = hazard ratio; MI = myocardial infarction; NSAID = nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug; OTC = over the counter; RR = relative risk.

Andersohn F and colleagues conducted a nested case-control study in a cohort of 486,378 persons registered within the United Kingdom General Practice Research Database with at least 1 prescription of an NSAID between June 1, 2000 and October 31, 2004. Rate ratios of acute MI associated with use of COX-2–selective and –nonselective NSAIDs were calculated. The duration of each NSAID prescription was determined by dividing the quantity of prescribed tablets by the number of tablets to be taken daily. “Current” exposure was defined as a NSAID prescription that lasted into the 14-day period before the index date. “Recent” exposure denoted a supply that ended between 15–183 days before the index date, and “past” exposure denoted a supply that ended between 184 days and 1 year before the index date. “Nonuse” was defined as no use of any NSAID during the year before the index date. Rate ratios appeared to increase with higher daily doses of COX-2 inhibitors and were also increased in patients without major cardiovascular risk factors.

Garcia Rodriguez LA and colleagues conducted a population-based, nested case-control analysis of medical records from The Health Improvement Network database in the United Kingdom. The risk of MI was assessed in 716,394 individuals 50–84 years of age between January 2000 and October 2005 (followed up on average of 4.1 years). NSAID exposure was categorized as: “current” when the supply of the most recent prescription lasted until the index date (day of first sign leading to hospitalization) or ended in the 7 days before the index date; “recent”, when it ended 8–90 days before the index date; “past”, when it ended 91–365 days before the index date; and “nonuse”, when there was no recorded use in the year before the index date. “Current use” was subdivided into: “single” when there was use of only one individual NSAID the month before the index date; “multiple” when the patient received prescriptions for 2 or more individual NSAIDs the week before the index date; and “switcher” when there was use of only one NSAID in the week before the index date, but there was use of at least one other NSAID 8–30 days before the index date.

van Staa TP and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study that included 729,294 patients from the UK General Practice Research Database (GPRD). The RR of MI was examined in patients that were ≥40 years of age at first NSAID prescription. Data collection started in 1987 and ended for this study in 2006, and the median follow-up for the NSAID cohort was 6.1 years. Patients were followed from the first NSAID prescription (the index date) to the patient’s death, patient’s transfer out of general practice, the last GPRD data collection available for the study (first quarter of 2006), or the date of the first selective COX-2 NSAID prescription, whichever came first. The total follow-up of NSAID users was divided into periods of “current” and “past” exposure, with patients moving between these two groups according to their NSAID use. “Current” exposure was defined as the period from the date of a NSAID prescription to the end of expected duration, plus 3 months. The expected duration of NSAID use was estimated using the daily dose as prescribed by the general practitioner and the number of NSAID tablets.

Fosbøl EL and colleagues conducted a historical cohort study using data from over 1 million healthy Danish individuals over the age of 10 that evaluated the risk of MI and death associated with NSAID use. Healthy is defined according to a history of no hospital admissions and no concomitant selected pharmacotherapy (refer to study for the complete list). NSAIDs were used for 9–34 days.

McGettigan P and Henry D conducted a systematic review of community-based controlled observational studies to determine the cardiovascular risks of NSAIDs. This review included 38 studies with ibuprofen. NSAID prescription was categorized as “current” if it covered a period that included the index day or continued to within 1 week or less of the index day (the day the adverse cardiac event occurred). The outcomes studied included MI, CHD related death or composite of MI, and CHD death.

Hepatic & Renal Safety Profile

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Hepatic and renal safety profile

Clinical studies suggest that ibuprofen was associated with less acute liver injury compared to other NSAIDs:

Archives of Internal Medicine, 1994 (Garcia Rodriguez LA et al.)

  • The lowest incidence of liver injury among 8 NSAIDs occurred in ibuprofen users and was 1.6/100000 (1.6/100k). The other incidence in increasing order is as follows: oral diclofenac (3.6/100K), naproxen (3.8/100K), mefenamic acid (2.5/100K), ketoprofen (8.8/100K), piroxicam (6.0/100K), fenbufen (11.9/100K), sulindac (148.1/100K) 1,12†

Postgraduate Medicine, 2018 (Moore N et al.)

  • Compared to ibuprofen, risks of hepatoxicity are somewhat higher and better documented with acetaminophen, and reported to be higher amongst specific NSAIDs, such as oral diclofenac and sulindac8†

Epidemiologic studies do not suggest that low dose ibuprofen (e.g., ≤1200 mg daily) is associated with an increased risk of renal adverse events (e.g., renal failure, renal injury)

American Journal of Epidemiology, 2000 (Griffin MR et al.)

  • Use of ibuprofen at ≤1200mg/day led to an odds ratio of 0.94 (95% CI: 0.58, 1.51) for renal AEs (i.e., renal failure) 9†

Pharmacotherapy, 1999 (Perez-Gutthann S et al.)

  • No major adverse events related to renal injury (i.e., acute renal failure) were identified during the study10†

Pharmacotherapy, 1992 (Furey SA et al.)

  • After non-prescription doses of ibuprofen, renal injury (i.e., acute renal failure or any renal injury) were not amongst the reported adverse effects11†

AE = adverse event; CI = confidence interval; GI = gastrointestinal; NSAID = nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug; OTC = over the counter.

Garcia Rodriguez LA and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study with secondary case-control analysis. The study included 536 general practitioners' practices in England and Wales for the period October 1987 through August 1991. A total of 625,307 persons who received more than 2 million prescriptions for 1 of 12 NSAIDs, were followed up to estimate the risk of newly diagnosed acute liver injury. The incidence of acute liver injury was 3.7 per 100,000 NSAID users. Sulindac was the only NSAID with a substantially greater risk of acute liver injury than that for the overall NSAID group. The incidence of acute liver injury for indomethacin, diflunisal, tenoxicam, and fenoprofen was not provided. It was concluded that the risk of acute liver injury is sufficiently small as to be of minimal concern for most NSAIDs.

Moore N and colleagues conducted a review of available literature on the GI and hepatic safety of non-aspirin OTC analgesics, including NSAIDs (ibuprofen, ketoprofen, diclofenac, and naproxen) and acetaminophen. Safety in overdose was also reviewed. Articles describing clinical trials, meta analyses, and epidemiological studies were evaluated for inclusion in the review, and focus was placed on studies discussing doses and durations of use consistent with OTC use. GI effects accounted for 75% of total AEs in the study. Across all studies reviewed here, the risk of serious GI toxicity, including upper GI bleeding and peptic ulcers, was low at OTC doses.

Griffin MR and colleagues is a nested case-control study using Tennessee Medicaid enrollees aged ≥65 years to determine the role of NSAIDs in acute deterioration of renal function. Cases included patients who had been hospitalized with community acquired acute renal failure. For ibuprofen, the odds ratio associated with dosages of ≤1200 mg/day was 0.94 (95% Cl: 0.58, 1.51) and increased as the dosage increased (>1200 to <2400 mg/day was 1.89 [95% Cl: 1.34, 2.67], while >2400 mg/day was 2.32 [95% Cl: 1.45, 3.71]). The researchers identified all prescriptions filled for these drugs in the 365 days before the index date (date of initial hospitalization for cases): 6% current NSAID users began in the past 30 days; 33% had less than 180 days’ use in the past year; 61% had more than 180 days’ use.

Pérez-Gutthann S and colleagues conducted a cohort study in the United Kingdom to evaluate the risk of a newly diagnosed episode of upper GI bleeding, acute liver and renal failure, agranulocytosis, aplastic anemia, severe skin disorders, and anaphylaxis occurring within 30 days after the first prescription for a low dose of oral diclofenac, naproxen, or ibuprofen. There was 22,146 persons using oral diclofenac (≤75 mg), 46,919 using naproxen (≤750 mg), and 54,830 using ibuprofen (≤1200 mg). Age, gender, and comorbidity were similar in the 3 cohorts and consisted of patients aged 15–85 (men and women). Of the 54,830 using ibuprofen (≤1200 mg/day) in the study, there were 2 cases of hepatic injury. A single case of potential renal failure for naproxen was reported and none for ibuprofen.

Furey SA and colleagues evaluated the safety of single doses of non-prescription strength ibuprofen by examining reported side effects from 15 double-blind, randomized, controlled trials conducted of the drug to treat various common painful conditions (e.g., headache, sore throat). All studies included placebo and another nonprescription analgesic, acetaminophen. A total of 878 subjects received ibuprofen 200 mg (n=171) or 400 mg (n=707), 849 subjects received acetaminophen 650 mg (n=237) or 1000 mg (n=612), and 852 subjects received placebo. Subjects were 16–79 years of age, had various pain conditions, but were otherwise in good health. Results indicated that no renal AEs were reported (side effects were predominantly related to the GI tract and the central nervous system).

Safety was demonstrated when ibuprofen was used as directed at a low dose (≤1200 mg/day) and for short term use. Advil should not be taken for fever for more than 3 days or for pain for more than 5 days, unless directed by a physician. Please consult the Product Monograph for complete dosing instructions and safety profile.

Like other NSAIDs, ibuprofen inhibits renal prostaglandin synthesis, which may decrease renal function and cause sodium retention. Renal blood flow and glomerular filtration rate decreased in patients with mild impairment of renal function who took 1200 mg/day of ibuprofen for 1 week. Patients at greatest risk of renal toxicity are those with impaired renal function, heart failure, liver dysfunction, those taking diuretics and the elderly. Use of ibuprofen in patients at risk of renal toxicity or with prerenal conditions should be approached with caution. For full safety information please refer to the warnings and precautions and adverse reactions of the product monograph.

Clinically Proven Efficacy

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Clinically proven efficacy for mild to moderate acute pain1

There is considerable evidence documenting the efficacy of 200 mg and 400 mg doses of ibuprofen in the treatment of mild to moderate pain in a range of pain models.1

One Advil is often all it takes to relieve mild to moderate pain including:1

  • Sore throat pain
  • Headache & migraine
  • Muscle aches
  • Menstrual pain
  • Toothache (dental pain)

Advil also reduces fever.

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Clinically proven efficacy in managing muscle pain

In a study by Braun RP et al., ibuprofen 400 mg demonstrated relief from muscle soreness following exercise significantly better than acetaminophen 1000 mg and placebo.1

Additional details of the study are provided below:

Medical Science in Sports and Medicine, 1994 (Braun RP et al.)

  • A double-blind, randomized study in patients with muscle soreness following exercise compared ibuprofen 400 mg every 4 hours for a total of 3 doses vs. acetaminophen 1000 mg and placebo every 4 hours. 13
  • Consistently significant differences (p<0.05) favouring ibuprofen over acetaminophen were observed beginning at 7, 4, 7, and 10 hours for movement, relief, spontaneous, and pressure-induced soreness, respectively.13*
  • A global assessment was also measured 24 hours after the first dose, where ibuprofen was found to be more favourable vs. acetaminophen (p<0.5), and both ibuprofen and acetaminophen were more favourable than placebo (p<0.5).13
  • This global assessment was used as a measure of efficacy, asking “how effective do you think the treatment was”?14

* Braun RP and colleagues conducted a double-blind randomized study in subjects with delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) induced by upper arm stressing by repetitive preacher curls. At 24 hours after stressing, subjects with a minimum level of pain received 400 mg ibuprofen (N=100), or 1000 mg acetaminophen (N=100), or placebo (N=100) every 4 hours for 3 doses.

Clinical Guidelines for Acute Pain Management15

Step 1 of WHO Analgesic pain ladder

Common acute pain conditions and the recommended, OTC, evidence-based analgesia15

Presenting Condition Evidence-based recommended analgesic
Lower back pain Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs; e.g., ibuprofen 400 mg 3 times per day) at the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible time.
Sprains and strains Acetaminophen (500 mg to 1 g four times per day, with a maximum 4 g in 24 hours) or topical NSAID (e.g., ibuprofen or diclofenac gels) are recommended first-line. Consider an oral NSAID (e.g., ibuprofen 400 mg three times per day) 48 hours after the initial injury if needed.

OTC = over the counter.

What can Advil Muscle and Joint do for George?

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George wants fast, effective relief for his muscle pain

George* goes for morning runs on a regular basis. He likes to keep in his best health so he can perform better while playing sports.

His work is busy, but mainly sedentary and is tied to a desk. However, he is proactive about striking a balance between work and life. He gets body aches and occasional pains in his legs, especially after longer jogs. George is looking for fast effective relief, so he doesn’t miss a beat.

His pain: Body aches and pain, and occasional pain in his legs.

George is not alone — 66% of Canadians claim to regularly work through their body pain which can impact their performance.16

Advil Muscle and Joint acts fast to relieve muscle and joint pain.1

* Fictional case study.

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Advil Muscle and Joint

Advil Muscle and Joint

Advil Muscle and Joint acts fast to relieve acute pain including muscle and joint pain1

Advil Muscle and Joint product details1

  • Ingredients

    Active ingredients: Ibuprofen Tablets USP, 400 mg

    Non-medicinal ingredients: Corn starch, croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, iron oxides, pharmaceutical ink, polyethylene glycol, pregelatinized starch, silicon dioxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearic acid, talc, titanium dioxide.

  • Indications and Directions

    Indications: Relief of minor aches and pains in muscles, bones and joints, body pain, backache, muscle sprains and strains; pain from inflammation associated with conditions including: Arthritis, physical or athletic overexertion (e.g., sprains or strains); headache pain including tension headache; mild to moderate migraine headaches including associated symptoms of nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound; menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea); toothache (dental pain); aches and pains due to the common cold and flu; reduction of fever.

    Dosage and method of use:

    Adults and children over 12:

    • Take 1 caplet every 6–8 hours as needed. Do not exceed 3 caplets in 24 hours, unless directed by a physician.
  • Warnings & Precautions

    Use with caution in patients with heart failure, hypertension or other conditions predisposing to fluid retention. Caution in patients prone to gastrointestinal tract irritation, including those with a history of peptic ulcer. Patients at greatest risk of renal toxicity are those with impaired renal function, heart failure, liver dysfunction, those taking diuretics and the elderly. If urinary symptoms, hematuria and cystitis occur, the drug should be stopped immediately. Ibuprofen use during pregnancy/nursing should be avoided.

  • Contraindications

    Active peptic ulcer, a history of recurrent ulceration or active inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal system. Known or suspected hypersensitivity to ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Patients who are hypersensitive to this drug or to any ingredient in the formulation or component of the container. Should not be used in patients with the complete or partial syndrome of nasal polyps, or in whom asthma, anaphylaxis, urticarial/angioedema, rhinitis or other allergic manifestations are precipitated by ASA or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents.

    Fatal anaphylactoid reactions have occurred in such individuals. As well, individuals with the above medical problems are at risk of a severe reaction even if they have taken NSAIDs in the past without any adverse effects. Significant hepatic impairment or active liver disease. Severely impaired or deteriorating renal function (creatinine clearance <30 mL/min). Individuals with lesser degrees of renal impairment are at risk of deterioration of their renal function when prescribed NSAIDs and must be monitored. Children with kidney disease and children who have suffered significant fluid loss due to vomiting, diarrhea or lack of fluid intake, should not be given ibuprofen.

    Ibuprofen should not be used right before or after heart surgery. Ibuprofen is contraindicated in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, as an anaphylaxis-like reaction with fever may occur, particularly when ibuprofen has been administered previously. Ibuprofen should not be used during the third trimester of pregnancy. Ibuprofen is not recommended for use with other NSAIDs because of the absence of any evidence demonstrating synergistic benefits and the potential for additive side effects. Known hyperkalemia.

    ASA = acetylsalicylic acid; NSAID = nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

  • Adverse events

    See Product Monograph for complete details.

    If the patient experiences the following: abdominal pain, heartburn, nausea or vomiting, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, ringing or buzzing in the ears, nervousness, sleeplessness, dizziness or any change in vision, itching, fluid retention, shortness of breath, wheezing, any trouble breathing or chest tightness, hives, swelling or itching, skin rashes, skin reddening, blisters, blood in vomit, bloody or black stools, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin due to liver problem) discontinue use and contact a doctor. Side effects may be minimized by using the smallest dose for the shortest duration of time.

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