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Not Phor me I'm afraid
Goldshield Phorpain Gel
Member Name: milmol7
Goldshield Phorpain Gel
Advantages: Same active ingredient as ibuprofen tablets, apply directly to affected area
Disadvantages: Messy and no more effective than tablets
Phorpain is ibuprofen in gel form which you rub directly onto the area of inflammation. I bought this when I badly twisted my ankle as it says it lists sports injuries as one of the uses.
In full, it lists: inflammation associated with backache, rheumatic and muscle pain, sprains, strains and sports injuries. I liked the idea of rubbing the ibuprofen directly on the affected area, it seemed far more direct, and so maybe my expectations were a bit high...?
The gel comes in a red box, and inside is a chunky tube - the lid is about 1 inch across, to give you some idea. When you unscrew the cap, the tube is sealed with moulded foil, but there is a point embedded in the cap so that by turning the cap around and poking the point into the tube end, the seal breaks easily. At this point there was a gush of the gel which I had to mop up with tissues - I've no idea why that happened or whether it's usual.
The gel is clear and fairly thin without being runny, and it has barely any smell - which puts it above the other similar treatments in my cupboard. However unfortunately that's about where the benefit ended with this for me.
The directions for use suggest squeezing 4 to 10 cm per usage - in reality, that turns out to be quite a lot! It took quite a few minutes to get the gel to absorb, and I did end up wiping some excess off with a tissue. Even then it did leave an unpleasant feeling to the skin - not sticky exactly but not dry either.
Once applied, you need to bear in mind that it's intended to be the equivalent of taking ibuprofen tablets, so you can't take any tablets if tempted, and also you can't reapply or change to taking tablets for 4 hours.
My honest appraisal of this gel is that it had a very minor effect on the swelling and pain. After the four hours had passed I reverted to my more usual approach to this type of thing - 2 x ibuprofen 200mg tablets. I guess you could say that's not giving the product a fair crack of the whip, but the tablets did take have a much more noticeable effect on the inflammation within 20 minutes or so, so naturally I kept up with the tablets rather than reverting to the gel.
I can't leave a completely negative review though, because my partner is a runner and he often uses this gel for various aches and pains, and he far prefers using this than taking tablets. He also had a really bad back about three months ago and he used this for relief throughout. His view was that it definitely helped with the inflammation, and sped up his recovery.
I honestly can't remember what we paid for this tube, but stated RRP seems to be £5.10 for a 100g tube. I think the decision whether to try this product or not basically comes down to whether you are happy to take tablets or not. As far as I can make out, the dosage and effect *should* be identical, so it just comes down to personal preference. For me, I'll stick to the tablets, it's quicker, and it's not worth the mess unless there was some pretty obvious and quick positive results. However, that *may* say more about my impatience than anything else!
Summary: I'll stick to the tablets rather than have my clothes stick to me!
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