Product Type: Tesco medicinal products
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Tesco Ibuprofen Gel
Member Name: jasmine6
Tesco Ibuprofen Gel
Advantages: Better for your stomach
Disadvantages: Isn't strong enough for bad pain
As a frequent sufferer of back pain I'm always on the lookout for products I can use to relieve it. I've been told the cause of the problem is muscular, and so I need to take ibuprofen in order to reduce the inflammation that's leading to discomfort (ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory analgesic). Except when it's really bad, I find that this medicine does help ease my back. Unfortunately though, sometimes after taking it I develop stomach pains. They don't last for too long but are worrying for a while. I've heard that oral ibuprofen can lead to stomach problems if taken excessively, and shouldn't be used if you have a stomach ulcer. I'd certainly never take it on an empty stomach.
So when I found ibuprofen in a gel form that you just rub into the affected area, I thought it would be a way of avoiding the tablets. And sometimes it actually does seem to work, although I'm sure I use way too much (you only need a squirt 1-4cm long). There have been many occasions when I've stopped noticing the pain after applying the gel, however if the pain is stronger then I usually end up taking the tablets as they are more guaranteed to work. I also sometimes use both, another no no, as technically I'm taking a double dose, just through different routes. It's important to remember, that just because it's something you're rubbing onto your skin, it doesn't mean you're not putting a medicine into your body. The main benefit of this stuff is that you can put it straight on to the affected area, while bypassing your stomach.
As well as backache, the gel is described as being useful for rheumaic and muscular pains, sprains, strains, lumbago and fibrositis.
The gel from Tesco is 5% ibupofen (I think they're all this strength) and can be used up to 3 times a day. It's not suitable for pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under 14, anyone allergic to aspirin, or people with asthma. Anyone with kidney problems should consult a doctor before use.
This stuff does feel a little sticky after use, but not enough to mark your clothes. You'll need to wash your hands after applying it. The gel is clear and odourless.
The Tesco gel is £1.89 for a 35g tube. This is on a par with Sainsbury's but about 30p more expensive than an Asda brand. Also I have a 50g tube that I think cost around £2 from Superdrug, so it might be worth looking there first.
Summary: decent alternative to pill popping