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Is Ibuprofen Vegan?

Updated: May 11, 2023

Is ibuprofen vegan? VeganMed explore ibuprofen products to find one that's vegan friendly.

The number of medications that contain animal byproducts is staggering. It becomes an arduous task for vegans to find over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and supplements that are completely animal-free, leading them to focus on supplements and diets to address symptoms. Here at VeganMed, we are regularly asked about animal-free pain medications, specifically asking if ibuprofen is vegan.

The first thing to understand when exploring vegan medications is FDA regulations, which require animal testing during the research portion of new drug development. Most vegan lifestyles prohibit the exploitation of animals for any reason. By that definition, medicines cannot be vegan. However, they can be animal-free, meaning they do not contain any animal products. Read here for more information about vegan medicine vs animal-free.

Is Advil Motrin Nurofen ibuprofen vegan?  Advil tablets are verified animal-free

Ibuprofen (brand names include: Advil, Motrin, and Nurofen) in and of itself is animal-free, however, companies use a variety of animal products in capsules, fillers, and pharmaceutical ink. The VeganMed team took it upon ourselves to find a solution! We filtered through 1,387 possible products and found one ibuprofen product verified to be animal-free: Advil's Dual Action Caplets with Acetaminophen. So is all Advil vegan? Well, not every Advil product is genuinely animal-free, many of them like the standard Advil tablets have a film coating made of pharmaceutical glaze containing shellac and contain binding agents like beeswax or white wax. The Advil product we can confirm to be animal-free is the Advil Dual Action Caplets linked above.

There are effective, alternative pain relief products that are also animal-free. Linked below are just some examples. Not to mention there is a multitude of generics and store-brand pain relief products, including ibuprofen that may be animal-free.

The products linked below are verified to not contain any animal-derived ingredients but are not yet certified by VeganMed. Leave us a comment below if you would like these products to be certified!

Visit our Pain Relief Shop Page to learn more about Advil ibuprofen tablets and other animal-free pain relief products.


Disclaimer:  The product and/or medical information provided on VeganMed is of a general nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or product.


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I would love to see these pain relief meds certified vegan by VeganMed! Thanks for all the research!

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