Advil and Motrin are brands of ibuprofen. The only consideration when choosing a brand for ibuprofen is the safety record of the manufacturer to gauge how trustworthy they are.
The Advil brand is owned by Pfizer and the Motrin brand is owned by Johnson & Johnson. Other ibuprofen brands include Nurofen, Caldolor, EmuProfen and Brufen.
Ibuprofen is the generic name for the active ingredient in all these drugs. So there is no difference between Motrin and Advil in how fast the drug acts, how long the effects last, the efficacy of the drug, or the side effects.
Here is a list of recent recalls of Advil by Pfizer:
- Advil Liqui-Gels recalled in March 2012 (affecting 650,000 bottles)
Here is a list of recent Motrin recalls:
- Motrin Infant Drops - September 2013 recall
- Motrin Infants' Drops - recall in 2010
- Motrin "phantom" recall due to quality problems in 2008-2009, and allegations of a cover-up
Motrin manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has also been fined $25 million and entered a guilty plea when they were charged with "delivering for introduction into interstate commerce adulterated infants’ and children’s over-the-counter (OTC) liquid medicines" in relation to a Tylenol recall.