Product Type: Mentholatum in Health Therapies / Treatments
Newest Review: ... quite expensive but not as expensive as the Nurofen or other names which have the same ingredients. There is a 50g tube available for £2.9... more
The best pain relief for muscle pain
Mentholatum Ibuprofen Gel
Member Name: FrostBite
Mentholatum Ibuprofen Gel
Advantages: Releases the muscles, Easy to use
Disadvantages: Sticky, Pricey
I feel like some sort of chemist when I write more than one review on a type of pain relief in one session but each kind has a different use and I don't use them often (I promise). I do a lot of running and weights and every so often I get a niggle in my shoulders which aches especially when I am at work and drives me mad. I also go hardcore shopping at Nottingham around christmas time and spend 3 days literally trawling the shops so get a really bad back, so bad that I can barely walk and the tablets just don't hit the pain. So at this point I decided to try the various heat rubs and then I saw Mentholatum Ibuprofen gel which I thought I would give a go as it can be applied directly to the affected area.
I was looking at the various brand names whilst I was in Superdrug and saw this one was the cheapest at £4.99 for 100g which is quite expensive but not as expensive as the Nurofen or other names which have the same ingredients. There is a 50g tube available for £2.99.
The ibuprofen gel comes in a tube which is grey and red, the tube comes inside a matching red and grey recyclable cardboard box. The box and tube say 'ibuprofen gel' in quite big letters and the branding is quite small above this. On both the box and the tube are the ingredients and warnings lists which are very important to take heed of as often people do not see the gel in the same way as the tablets. The box also contains a very detailed instruction leaflet containing ibuprofen gel directions for use, contra-indications, ingredients, warnings and product information which can be very helpful for some.
Ingredients are ibuprofen ph 5%, water, ethanol, propylene glycol and di-isopropanolamine carbomer.
The main warning is to not use this gel alongside any other non steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) products, so do not take ibuprofen tablets while using the gel; this would increase the risk of overdose greatly and is dangerous.
The gel can be used up to three times a day and the instructions suggest not using for a period of more than two weeks without seeing a doctor (there may be more underlying issues requiring medical treatment).
Do not use if under 14 and as always seek medical advice if unsure of anything.
The gel has a red screw top lid which is very easy to open and has a pointy star on the external part of the lid to pierce the foil seal which is present before first use to keep the product hygienically fresh. The gel is clear and is easily squeezed from the tube, it is very easy for too much to come out of the tube at once so be careful of squashing with or without the lid on. The gel is just as easy to apply to the skin rubbing a small amount into the skin yourself or asking someone else to rub it in the harder to reach areas such as the shoulders and back. Be aware that if your skin is especially sensitive you may have a reaction to the gel. When I applied the gel it was quite cold on the skin but did not feel uncomfortable in any other way, the skin did seem to warm and the pain was relieving after about half an hour. I used the gel about every 5 hours and it seemed to be effective in some movement relief.
The gel is to be used sparingly as it sits on the surface of the skin and can be quite sticky, when it dries it goes like dried skin which peels off and looks a little bit odd. I cannot compare the gel to any others as I have only used this brand and find it very effective in increasing my mobility when times get really bad, I do combine it with paracetamol when I get a bad back so I can manage to walk.
I would recommend this for muscular pain.
Summary: A mid price range pain reliever for muscles.