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Brand: Anbesol / Dosage Form: Gel / Contents/Size: 10g / Type: Mouth Conditions

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      08.04.2013 13:31
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      Worth having in the cupboard for mouth pain

      **What is it?**

      Anbesol Adult Strength Gel is the adult version of Anbesol which I've used successfully on my teething daughter. This adult strength gel is used for mouth blisters / ulcers, toothache (for example as caused by wisdom teeth coming through) and sore gums (say as caused by denture rubbing).

      **Price and Availability**

      Anbesol Adult Strength Gel is available widely on the high street at places like Boots and Superdrug, in most larger supermarkets and in independent chemists. Some dentists sell it and you can also buy it online though a P&P charge will usually apply.

      The price varies but is on average £3.99 for a 10g tube.

      **Packaging**

      Packaging is very simple, a white box with a green Anbesol logo to the side which is replicated on the plastic tube with plastic screw cap lid inside.

      **Ingredients**

      The ingredients according to the box are as follows:

      Lidocaine hydrochloride 2.0% w/w, Cetylpyridinium chloride 0.02% w/w and Chlorocresol 0.1% w/w.

      **In Use**

      To apply Anbesol Adult Strength Gel, first wash your hands preferably using antibacterial hand wash or gel. Then with a clean finger take a small (pea sized) blob of the gel which is clear and rub it on to the affected area of the mouth (onto skin; it will not be effective applied directly to a tooth).

      The gel takes a few moments before a numbing effect takes place. It has a pleasant slightly medicated taste but for this reason I'd apply it after meals not before.

      It is very effective in removing the sting of mouth ulcers and gum pain, and can be applied four times daily.

      **Recommend?**

      Yes, I find that Anbesol Adult Strength Gel is for me, more effective than unbranded alternatives and even Bonjela it's main branded rival. It just numbs better for me and helps the healing process. I don't personally find the taste unpleasant but it may take some getting used to if you've never used it before.

      Overall then I award Anbesol Adult Strength Gel 4 stars out of 5 for being effective in temporarily relieving mouth pain and being reasonably priced with it.

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      25.10.2011 23:35
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      A good rival to Bonjela

      I acquired a tube of this by my mum a couple of weeks ago. I went round for tea and was complaining after every mouthful that my mouth was hurting as I had an ulcer on my tongue. Being a mum, her instant reaction was to whip out a remedy, and she gave me this so I didn't have to wait till I got home to use the Bonjela I normally use.

      Anbesol is designed to alleviate the symptoms and discomfort associated with mouth ulcers and wearing dentures. It comes in a small white tube with the word "Anbesol" in blue writing. I must admit when I first saw this tube, I thought she'd given me the wrong thing because when you first glance at it, it's not obvious what it's for and I thought it was a treatment for piles! I think it's a shame the name is so misleading because it's not something I'd like to get out of my bag in front of my work colleagues, even though it's very effective.

      The tube contains a slightly pink coloured gel, which you simply apply to the ulcer in the same way as you would apply Bonjela. It smells very clinical, like something the dentist might use when doing a filling, and I think this is reassuring because you know it has active ingredients which are working. It doesn't really tingle on application, but you can instantly feel the surrounding area going numb, and it's a good idea to apply it after eating to give it chance to work otherwise you won't be able to taste your food!

      I have to admit, this gel started to work on my ulcer almost immediately. It felt better straight away, and although it wore off not long after, I continued to use it the following day and by the evening it had gone altogether. You're not supposed to apply it more than four times in 24 hours, or for more than 7 continuous days.

      I didn't buy this myself, but looking online at prices, you can pick up a 10g tube for around £2 - £3. This is very reasonable because you'll only be applying a tiny amount each time so a tube will last a while. My mum told me that the one she bought had been in the cupboard for a couple of years, and when I checked the expiry date it was just within date, so I wouldn't buy a huge tube or it'll be out of date before you get chance to use it.

      I can't comment on the effectiveness of this product to deal with denture issues or other mouth pains, but in terms of ulcers it will certainly provide an instant relief, and although this may be temporary if you keep reapplying it will definitely get rid of your ulcer in no time at all. I've always bought Bonjela in the past, but next time I need more gel I might move over to this brand because I think it gets to work much quicker.

      The only disadvantages to this product are the potentially embarrassing name, the fact it's not as widely available as Bonjela, and also that it can be tricky to apply as the gel can slide down your finger rather than where you're aiming it. I think this would be the case with any of these gels though, so perserverance is key.

      This product should not be used by children under the age of 12.

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      01.08.2011 18:52
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      I make sure I always keep a tube in my medicine cabinet!

      A couple of years ago I came down with a particularly nasty virus. It left me with a very high fever which didn't break for a week and I guess due to my weakened immune system I came out with lots of mouth ulcers. I'm not talking 3 or 4 here, but probably around 30! My entire mouth was covered in angry red ones - the gumline, lining of my cheeks and inside my lips. As you can imagine these were extremely painful and made sleeping next to impossible. Every time the side of my head hit the pillow I would wake up in agony. Even writing about it now makes me shiver!

      I visited my local Boots and spoke to the pharmacist there who recommended Anbesol adult strength gel which was available behind the counter. The gel comes in a small white tube containing 10ml of the product. It has been formulated to provide pain relief from mouth ulcers and denture irritation. The active ingredients in the gel are Lidocaine Hydrochoride, chlorocresol and cetylpyridinium. Lidocaine Hydrochloride blocks to a group of chemicals that act as local anaesthetics and works by temporarily blocking pain signals along nerves. Chlorocresol and cetylpyridinium are both mild antiseptics, killing any bacteria that may infect the ulcers in the mouth.

      Once I got home I washed my hands thoroughly before breaking open the seal on the tube. I squeezed out a small amount of the gel onto my fingertip and gently applied this to my ulcers. This gel is pink in colour and has a slightly sweet taste when in the mouth. Within seconds of applying the gel I could feel it get to work. The area it had been applied to started to go numb and I could no longer feel any pain. I must admit that it was a slightly odd sensation but given the amount of pain I was in it was one that I welcomed. I guess it must be similar to the feeling when you've had an injection at the dentist but I've been lucky enough not to have one yet! This relief lasted for around 4 hours, which gave me enough time to catch up on some sleep!

      I had to reapply this after a few hours as the pain did come back. I could feel the difference this gel had made in treating the ulcers as the next day the pain had eased somewhat and the ulcers did not look so red and angry. After around 3 days of applying this up to 4 times a day my ulcers completely healed. I am so impressed with how quick and effective this product is that I keep a tube in my medicine cupboard all the time just in case I get an ulcer. I believe this costs around £3 and is available over the counter. If you suffer from mouth ulcers I can recommend this product highly as it provides quick and effective relief from the pain that these can cause. Full marks!

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        03.01.2011 17:33
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        not the best relief but does the job ok

        Anbesol is a company offering various products designed to relieve pain caused by dental problems. The brand is under the running of SSL International Plc.

        *~*~*Range*~*~*

        There are currently 3 options to choose from dependant on your dental needs.

        *Anbesol Oral Liquid - for mouth ulcers, teething pains and denture irritation. This is a sugar free liquid which contains local anaesthetic and antiseptic to relieve pain and protect the mouth from infection.

        *Anbesol Teething Gel - another sugar free option for babies to deal with new teeth pain and mouth ulcers. This contains 2 antiseptics to protect against infection.

        And then we have the Adult Strength Gel which I will be reviewing.

        *~*~*Gel*~*~*

        The adult gel is specifically designed for those over the age of 12. It has been designed to relieve the pain associated with mouth ulcers and denture irritation and comes in the form of a gel. The gel contains an anaesthetic which once applied to the effected area, provides temporary relief. It also contains a mix of 2 antiseptics which work together to prevent any infections within your mouth area.

        *~*~*Packaging*~*~*

        The gel is contained within a handy tube. The tube is predominately white with all writing in blue and red and comes complete with a blue cap. The inside of the tube must be pierced with the lid on first use for hygiene reasons. The information on the tube includes directs for use, cautions, ingredients etc. The cardboard box carrying the tube, contains the same information in a larger format.

        Inside the box, as with most medical products, an information leaflet is included. Here we are given a breakdown and clear description of the information already contained on the box and tube. It is fully recommended that you browse this leaflet to avoid any problems!

        *~*~*Ingredients*~*~*

        I feel it is important to know what we are putting into our mouth and the ingredients give an insight as to how the gel works to relieve pain. The gel contains the following ingredients :

        lidocaine hydrochloride, chlorocresol, cetylpyridinium chloride, alcohol, clove oil, glycerin, hydroxypropyl cellulose, sodium saccharin, colourant E124 and water.

        Checking further into these ingredients, I can confirm the Lidocaine hydrochloride is the pain killing ingredient whilst the chlorocresol and cetylpyridinium chloride are infection busters!

        *~*~*Using*~*~*

        This gel is suited to those over 12. It can be used for temporary relief up to 4 times per day. To use, simply squeeze a small blob onto a clean finger and massage directly onto the effected area. Overdosing is unlikely unless more than one tube is applied and side effects are very uncommon. If problems persist for more than 7days, contact your dentist or doctor.

        *~*~*Availability and Price*~*~*

        Anbesol Adult Strength Gel is available in chemists in a 10g tube. It is priced around £2.00-£3.00.

        *~*~*My Experience*~*~*

        I suffer terribly with dental problems. I didn't look after my teeth as well as I should have and during my pregnancy, my mouth got in some mess with ulcers. I have so far had numerous fillings, root canals and teeth removed by the crazy guy that gets a kick out of seeing me in pain..yes the dentist. My dentist is quite far from my home and with the bad weather, lack of baby sitter and to be honest, me being terrified of him telling me off, I haven't been back to get my treatment finished.

        Two weeks ago, after around 2months rest of pain in my mouth, the niggling feeling started when I was at the gym and gradually got worse. It starts off with a little ache and redness around my gums and soon proceeds to a few ulcers within my mouth. Not being able to get to the dentist, I had to improvise and headed to my local Boots chemist with the view of buying some Anbesol liquid. I used this a few years ago and found it to be the most effective in soothing my discomfort. The previous mouth gel I used was the Boots own but I found it frozen on my bathroom window sill!

        Painkillers were taking the edge off slightly but I needed something to localise the pain and get right in there! The lady at Boots asked if I was signed up for the Minor Ailments scheme which I am due to a tax credit exemption and asked for me to wait and speak to the main pharmacist for a recommendation. The friendly pharmacist took a look into my mouth and advised that my gums were inflammed and that he would sort me something out. I sheepishly sat in the corner waiting and got some funny looks til I realised I was sitting in the seat that the junkies do for their methadone..I promptly stopped being lazy and stood to wait!

        The pharamcist returned with a bottle of Corsdyl and a tube of this Anbesol Adult Strength Gel and told me to use it up to the 4times a day for some instant relief. I would have preferred the liquid and would have happily paid but they didn't have any in stock so gel it was. Heading home, I had a quick scour of the instructions and concluded they were the same as other gels I had used and got to rubbing it on hoping for a bit of peace!

        The tube is bland but I am not interested in design, only what is inside. The gel flows from the tube quite easily when lightly squeezed. The gel has a wobbly consistency and is pink so to me, resembles jelly that hasn't fully set. It certainly isn't as thick as cheaper gels I have used and I found it difficult to get it to stay on my finger for any length of time. Of course I wash my hands with an unscented handwash before application as my mouth has bad enough issues without being presented with everyday germs!

        I use the gel at the quite quickly after experiencing the niggling pains and apply it directly on my gum area. Its gloopy consistency doesn't cling to my gums as well as I would have liked and I find I need to keep massaging until I can feel it anymore as it runs down and lodges itself in my gums. The smell to begin with is barely noticeable but once rubbed into my gums, it really comes through and boy does it stink! I'm going to go into perfume reviewer mode here and say it is a blend of clove oil (disgusting and what my parents used to use on my gums) and the general smell of a dentist surgery. Not at all pleasant but if it helps my pain then I can bare it!

        After rubbing the gel in, a slightly sticky coating can be detected on my gums and the taste if swept onto my tongue can be off putting and lasts a good 10minutes or so before turning slightly menthol like which surprised me given no menthol is present! The most important aspect of any medical product though is deciding whether or not it does its intended job which in this case, is to give temporary relief from ulcers.

        Once applied to my ulcers or sore gums, I find the relief is apparent within a few minutes. The build up can be quite unpleasant as I can feel the gel working its way through my gums which can lead to a slight niggly pain and on first instances, you would believe this wasn't going to work. After a few minutes though, the relief is given and this works a treat. If I take pain killers such as paracetamol or ibruprofen when the pain starts, I find the gel gives enough relief to see me through til the pain killers kick in. This can be anything up to an hour but if I don't take medication, the niggling pain returns to hit me full force within the hour. Really I do need pain killers then as this can only be used 4 times a day.

        *~*~*Do I Recommend?*~*~*

        Whilst I was quite content using this for the 4 or 5 days until my mouth cleared up, I feel there are much better and more effective products on the market. Its thin and watery consistency I feel was the downfall and made a simple task messy and the taste is vile! It did give me a little bit of relief though but that was combined with pain killers and a twice daily dose of Corsdyl mouthwash.

        Thanks for reading :)

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          07.11.2010 10:11
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          When we were away for the weekend, we went walking in the Yorkshire Dales. It was windy and cold but we pretended to enjoy it. As the walk progressed, my tongue became aware of something foreign in the front corner of my mouth on the inside just beside my lip -my initial thought was that I had burned my mouth. I couldn't recall eating anything particularly hot. My wife took a look and announced that I had a mouth ulcer. She claims to be an expert in these matters, but does suffer these from time to time so I was grudgingly prepared to believe her. I'm married to her, therefore had to accept her diagnosis. She is often wrong.

          Anyway, although I am a Big Brave Boy, it was hurting a bit, so after returning from our windswept trek, we sought a local pharmacy where we were given a choice of Bonjela or this Anbesol product, of which I confess that I had never heard. We have Bonjela at home, but it isn't one of those things that we think to take away with us. So we bought this stuff and I applied some of the pink gel to the sore spot.

          Nothing at first, then a smell and taste reminiscent of the dentist's surgery, then a kind of mildly numbing sensation, then the pain eased a little. The pain did come back but 2 hours later I put some more on and applied it again at bedtime, and each time I experienced a decent level of pain relief. This was good stuff.

          When we got back home, I continued to apply this gel at various times during the day and at night time and within a few days, the ulcer decided to clear off of its own volition. I still have half a tube of Anbesol left and even though I seldom get an ulcer, it certainly seems it can be relied upon to ease the pain.

          You simply squeeze out a little of the gel onto your fingertips and rub it gently onto the affected area. It's only a 10g tube, rather smaller than the tube of Bonjela we have, but you need very little so it will last quite a while.

          It is marked as being Adult Strength Gel and not for use in children under 12.

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            27.02.2010 19:20
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            Not as good as the liquid version, but just as effective.

            Anbesol comes in 2 strengths: normal and "Adult". Having used both, this is my comparison and review of it.
            WHAT IT IS:
            This a gel version of the liquid anbesol you can buy and it's used to provide pain relief from mouth ulcers and denture irritation.

            WHO CAN USE IT:
            This is perfect for anyone over 12 years old and those who have aspirin allergies.
            WHAT ARE THE ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
            These are lidocaine hydrochloride, chlorocresol and cetylpyridinium chloride, (the bits that do the numbing and antiseptic stuff.)
            It also contains alcohol, clove oil, glycerin, hydroxypropyl cellulose, sodium saccharin, water and E124.

            HOW TO APPLY:
            Directly to and around the effect area for no more than 4 times a day for up to 7 days.
            TASTE:
            Mainly of clove oil and sugar.

            HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM THE LIQUID:
            Well, it contains sugar and there are fewer colourants in the gel version plus clove oil replaces the menthol. The gel you can only put on 4 times a day and the liquid you can use up to 8 times. Thats it really!
            WHAT I THOUGHT:
            After buying it version from Superdrug for £2.05 (av. price £2.56p) I only used it for 1 day upon my raging mouth ulcer. Although, as I have used the liquid version before, I did not read the instruction leaflet, so I overdid the applications and paid the price! (I won't go into detail, but it does end in you sitting on the toilet a few times...)
            As for pain relief, I didn't find it terribly useful as it is not as strong as it's liquid version. With most gel substances it will easily numb your tounge too as you inevitably lick it off.

            Other than that, it is very easy to apply, cheaper and longer lasting pain relief than a tube of Bonjela.

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            Simple and effective at calming mouth ulcer pain

            (Note: when I originally wrote this review, the title was given as " Anbesol Adult Strenght Gel". This has now been fixed - well done, Dooyoo - but I'll leave the wording of my review unchanged.)

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            "Strenght"? Oh dear. We sometimes ask other reviewers to take a moment to use a spellchecker on their work, so we can hardly let Dooyoo themselves get away with a howler like that one in the very category title! Right; now that's off my chest, let's move up the body a bit and consider my mouth. It's not a bad mouth, as mouths go. Tongue, lips, gums, teeth, all the usual things you find in a mouth. (Well, rather fewer teeth in mine than in some, thanks to the close attentions of an orthodontist many years ago, but enough to get by.)

            Anbesol Adult Strength Gel is intended, so the box tells us, for "mouth pain relief from mouth ulcers and denture pain", which is perhaps a slightly clunky bit of prose but makes what it claims to do clear enough. I don't wear dentures, so can't comment on Anbesol's efficacy in that area, but I do suffer from mouth ulcers from time to time, and have often found the first port of call - Bonjela - to be disappointingly ineffective, Anbesol seemed to be at least worth a try.

            Anbesol is easy to buy, as it's sold over the counter with no special restrictions on its sale. You can even pick it up in the likes of Tesco, though I bought my tube from Superdrug, where it cost what seems to be a pretty typical £3. The packaging design is very simple: a rather plain cardboard box, inside which is a small tube (10g) of the gel itself, which is also in the simple white-backed design of the box. I rather liked this: it makes a refreshing change from the screamingly multicoloured packs a lot of over-the-counter medicine comes in these days.

            Inside you also get the dreaded information leaflet, of course, though for once this doesn't contain a vast collection of appalling side-effects you might suffer for having the temerity to try to make yourself better. In fact, apart from a somewhat ironic warning that one possible side-effect is ulceration(!) even the "Overdose" section is reassuring, mentioning as it does that "unless more than one [whole] tube" is taken, there should be no need to worry - and you really aren't going to do that by mistake! One really important point is that this product is not for use by anyone under 12 years of age - hence "Adult Strength"! You should also not use the product more than four times a day, or for more than seven days at a time, without consulting a professional.

            The tube dispenses the gel - which is a slightly unattractive light pink colour, though this is hardly going to matter since it won't be visible inside your mouth! - in just the toothpaste-like way you would expect. The directions tell you to squeeze out a small amount on to a clean fingertip, then apply it to the painful area. This is perhaps the fiddliest part of the whole process, since the gel is quite slippery and is apt not to stay where it's supposed to be, sliding back and forth around your gum! A little perseverance will pay dividends, though.

            The best thing about Anbesol is that it really does work, and work fast. One of its active ingredients is lidocaine hydrochloride, which is a local anaesthetic, and as soon as you apply the gel you can feel it getting to work with a pleasant tingling sensation and slight numbness on your gum. The taste is slightly "medicinal", and vaguely reminiscent of a dentist's mouthwash. The pain does not instantly shut off completely, but after just a few minutes it is noticeably less severe than when the application was made. The other active ingredients are chlorocresol and cetylpyridinium chloride, both antiseptics.

            I've been very pleased with Anbesol Adult Strength Gel, and would certainly recommend it above Bonjela for moderating mouth ulcer pain. It can't work miracles, but it's a lot better than nothing, and because you only need a tiny amount for each application that £3 tube can last quite a long time. Definitely one for your medicine cabinet... but do be very clear about the name. You really don't want to get it mixed up with Anusol haemorrhoid cream!

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              20.10.2006 17:09
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              this gel is excellent for quick relief for an aching tooth

              This gel is excellent. I have just applied it to a severely aching lower back tooth and within seconds the ache has completely disappeared. There is a cool comfortable numbing feeling to the area where the gel is applied which lasts a few minutes, the taste is not unpleasant. i apply the gel when ever the pain returns, which is usually after eating. I really do recommend the it.(better than bongella) I rate it 10/10

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              Gel containing Lidocaine hydrochloride 2.0% w/w, Cetylpyridinium chloride 0.02% w/w, Chlorocresol 0.1% w/w / Temporary relief of pain caused by recurrent mouth ulcers and denture irritation / Adults: apply small amount to affected area with clean finger tip / 1 application should be sufficient / Use up to 4 times daily / Children: not recommended.