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Both my hubby and myself had been using Deep Heat for years but then we discovered that Ibuleve were making a Max Strength gel and we bought that instead and have never gone back to using Deep Heat. This works better and much faster and the relief from pain is almost immediate, in my experience.
I use this for my lower back pain and my hubby uses it whenever he has strained a muscle when playing golf. I never thought it was possible to strain a muscle when playing golf, but apparently it is and that is what he uses it for.
This gel comes in a 50g tube and it costs £4.99 from Tescos. I get asked all sorts of questions before I buy it – same every time. You have to piece the end to get the gel out the first time you use it. It does feel very very cold on the skin the first time you apply it and it takes your breath away a little bit if you were not expecting it but as soon as you start to gently rub the gel in, that coldness disappears and the area just feels more comfortable as the ibuprofen does its magic on your sore and tender spots.
The gel itself is thick and feels quite greasy when you first get it out of the tube but you soon find that it is quickly absorbed into the skin and it does not leave any sticky residue behind. I fend that if I sue this before bed I can get a good night’s sleep if my back is feeling particularly achy.
I would definitely recommend it.
We have been using Deep Heat in our household for years but I was advised that it shouldn't really be used as an ongoing product and I was recommended this so we have used this off and on for around a year. I have the odd ache in my back whereas hubby often has a sore back so we have good use for a product like this.
This comes in a 50g tube and the last time I bought this which was about 2 months ago it cost me just under £5 from my local Asda. It may sound expensive for the size of this Gel but a little goes a long way and you know what the price can be like for such a product.
You can apply this for up to 3 times a day and you just squeeze this Gel out and rub it onto the affected area. The Gel is quite thick but it rubs in easily. It is pretty cool to the touch which can be a shock against your back if it is warm but once this has been rubbed in then this seems to soak in quickly and the area goes from being slightly sticky feeling to just normal. The way that this works is that it soaks into the area that is painful and tackles the pain from within. I can't say that I notice an immediate reaction with using this and if your ache is extremely painful I haven't noticed that the pain has disappeared within a few minutes or that but I find that this takes the edge off the pain and I find that this does work well for me.
This Gel has Ibuprofen in in so you should watch if you are taking Tablets as well. I've never thought about products containing Ibuprofen in it but now I read labels more carefully.
This works well and although you don't get the nice tingly Heat feeling that you get with Deep Heat but this works in the same way and provides relief from aches.
If you are struggling with aches and pains that won't go away then this has to be the product for you. It can be described as being a bit like the deep heat gels that you can get, except I find it provides a lot more help.
I was prescribed this by my doctor last year when I was having problems with my shins caused by running. I was told to apply it three times daily until it was no longer needed. I ended up using it for about three weeks along side some pills I was given. In the end it helped sort out my shin problems and I was able to run again pain free.
It comes in a white tube made of metal and has a bright yellow screw cap on it. Written on the front of the tube in blue is the name of the product and in red is says "MAXIMUM STRENGTH". It states that it is 10% ibuprofen and that it should be applied directly to the point of pain. It also lists some common ailments that it can be used to help ease the pain of. If you turn it over you can find the directions for use and a warning that you should read before using it. Due to the high ibuprofen content it may not be suitable for those with asthma, peptic ulcers, history of kidney problems or you are already taking pain killers. It states that it is for external use only, so don't swallow it!
It comes out of the tube as a thick clear gel that has a slight scent. It doesn't smell too bad and once applied it isn't noticeable. To apply it you simply rub some of it onto the area where the pain is arising from. You then leave it to do its work and soak into your skin. You should always wash your hands after use to avoid it going into your eyes, ears, nose or mouth.
It works by targeting the ibuprofen directly to the site of pain. Unlike other pain killers which take time to act, you can feel this working straight away. Since using it on my shins, I have used it for other pains where the results have been just as successful.
To buy this from the shops it costs around £7 from any good chemist. It may be quite expensive compared to deep heat or ibuprofen tablets but it is well worth the money for the pain relief it offers. Tablets or deep heat do not work as well as this does at all!
If your in pain and want quick relief then this is worth a try. It comes in a 50g bottle which will last for quite a while. Due to the high price of it, I will give it a 4/5.
Although it is Deep heat we usually use, and mostly me in the house as I have the odd sore back, the wife now and again gets a sore back, but only now and again. Perhaps it is because her job isn't that hard - ha ha i'm sure she will tell you it's a different kind of hard.
Anyway we ended up with a tube of this in the house about 6 months ago. I have used it as it is meant for aches and pains, but I missed the heat that you got from Deep Heat. Although this worked in the same way it just wasn't the same in my eyes.
This comes in a 50g tube and I think it cost around £3.80. This was the usual price and I don't think things like this are often on offer.
The tube was quite a slim tube and the colouring on it just was white and light oranges and yellows. Nothing too eye catching. It was also boxed which can just be put in the recycling bin.
This is quite a medium thickness sticky Gel. It didn't stick to your hands that much, and rubbed in alright without leaving your hands all sticky as well. This works by you rubbing it into the affected area and this soaks into your skin and targets the pain behind the skin and the Muscle pain. I would say this got to work about 10 minutes after application and think that this worked by the ingredients in the Gel as well as the rubbing motion.
Yes, I would use this again as it worked, but for often slightly cheaper and also you get that nice tingling feeling of Heat then I wouldsay I like Deep Heat Better. 1 of the good points of this is you don't get a smell of this like Deep Heat.
I was a passenger in my relative's care about twelve months ago, when we unfortunately were involved in a car accident. At that moment I did not feel pain (as is typical of whiplash) but this had actually reignited a previous injury and the pain since has been unreal at times!
I was eventually offered physiotherapy, and during my first session was asked to purchase Ibuleve because I hate taking painkillers (in tablet form anyway) unless I'm in absolute agony, so this gel seemed a suitable alternative with the idea being that you apply it to the affected area rather than taking a tablet which works its way into your body and takes longer to have an effect.
I found the gel easily enough in my local pharmacy and was actually offered two different sizes; 30g and 50g, available in two different strengths; normal and maximum strength.
As it was only the size of the tube which affected the price, I opted for max strength in the 50g tube, and paid the £8.44 requested and off I went with my gel. When I opened it up I was surprised to see a yellow screw type object fall out too. There was also a safety guidelines leaflet (as expected with all medicinal products) to provide product information, reasons for use, ingredients, safety guidelines, usage instructions and dosage details.
The yellow screwy type thing, I was pleased to discover, was actually an implement which helps to extract the maximum amount of gel from the tube. All I needed to do was to slide the end of the tube into this plastic implement and then using it, wind the gel out. It compresses everything from the end of tube meaning none of the gel is wasted and it is easily dispensed (instructions on how to do this are also on the leaflet).
According to this leaflet, the gel should be applied to the affected area no more than three times daily. The problem I found with this was that you can be quite liberal or miserly with the amount you use, and having something of an aversion to medicines anyway, I would use exceptionally small amounts (the size of a pea or less), but it has got to a stage where the pain is severe so I need to apply considerably more (the size of a cherry tonight!!) just so the pain is controlled. I guess this has both positives and negatives because when the pain is less you use a smaller amount, and when it is more intense then you can apply more. With tablets, the size and dosage is always the same meaning you need to take more as multiples and be careful with timings and suchlike.
I have been using it for about four or five weeks now and have used it primarily on my neck and shoulder, and also in other areas where I have over stretched myself at the gym and have found it to be incredibly effective. I have been using it sparingly, but daily, and still have over half the tube of this clear 'magic' healing gel left!
I do think that I would buy more of this even after I am 'fixed' as I put it to my physiotherapist - just because it is the most preferable option for me personally, given my aversion to pills and medicines for muscular pains/injuries. Having said that, I think the design needs to be looked at because the lid of mine has literally just broken (and sparked me to write the review!) because I believe that this is unsafe - I don't have children, so can put the gel in a place where I know it will not be touched and will be safe, but if I had children then I do not think I would chance it and it seems a shame to waste half the tube of gel because of a manufacturer fault in the screw top.
On the whole, I do believe this is a fantastic product and great for aches and pains wherever (reasonably) they may be. Especially as it is an active painkiller and works slightly differently to deep heat (which I have also used and did not get along very well with).
Hope this review is of help and thanks for reading.. (",)
Since my mid-twenties I have suffered from cervical spondylosis, which is a degenerative disorder of the cervical spine. Much of the time I am free from pain, but when I do get a flare-up I can feel quite ill. I get a lot of stiffness in my neck, pain in my neck and shoulders, stinging headaches, dizziness and a temperature. I have found Ibuleve Gel to be very useful in relieving these distressing symptoms. The active ingredient in Ibuleve is ibuprofen, a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug. Until I discovered Ibuleve, I used to take ibuprofen orally and it helped a lot with the pain. However, I am very cautious when taking any pain-killing tablets and I much prefer to use this topical gel. The gel is clear and has hardly any smell at all, unlike some other ointments which are very pungent. Also, the gel does not redden the skin as these other ointments do. You simply apply a thin layer of the gel to the painful area and massage it in until it is completely absorbed. (Better still; get some one else to massage it in for you) The gel is absorbed through the skin to help reduce the inflammation and ease the pain, although not so much of the active ingredient gets into the bloodstream as through oral use. Nevertheless, this is still a medicine and should be treated with care. You are advised to apply the gel only three times a day. The gel is, of course, not to be taken internally. Most importantly, patients who have experienced problems with ibuprofen, or who have asthma, peptic ulcer or kidney problems should consult their GP before using Ibuleve Gel.You should beware of using other painkillers while using the gel. The golden rule is “if in doubt, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.” Ibuleve is effective in the treatment of rheumatic pain, lumbago, fibrositis and muscular pain, and many arthritic conditions. I have found myself that the gel works quite quickly and I am sure that the massaging helps too.
Ibuleve gel is available from pharmacies and a 50g tube costs about £5. (It may be slightly more as I have been using my tube for ages.)
Where can I start??? I feel a bit strange writing an op on a pharmaceutical but I think that people should know there is something available to help. I bought this product because I have a dodgy knee that dislocates every now and again and damages the muscles around the kneecap, sort of like a sprain. This causes it to swell up and become quite painful. I was after a product that could reduce the swelling and perhaps take the edge off the pain, maybe make it possible to walk a bit sooner than if I did nothing (usually I am off my feet for a few days). My chemist suggested this product. Ibuleve maximum strength is a slightly hazy, non-fragrant (it doesn’t stink everybody!!), non-stick gel that is applied directly to the painful area. It has 10% Ibuprofen, which is the same stuff a lot of people take orally for headaches etc. This works better than a tablet for this kind of pain, applying it locally means it takes effect almost immediately. You simply rub it in until it is absorbed (around 30 secs) and then about ten minutes later you should feel some relief. I was most impressed because other products I HAVE used tend to smell a lot, and it puts you off using them. There were a few other variants of this same brand, ie a normal strength and a spray. I went for the max strength but could see myself getting the spray later to save my hands getting messy Though it does wash off easily enuff under the tap. The pharmacist said this is good for backpain, muscular pain, sprains (similar to what I get) and any arthritic pain. I can’t speak for all that lot, but I know it made my knee feel a whole lot better. It didn’t do a lot on the first application, but after that it made a difference I could feel. The box says to apply 3 times daily, which can be an annoyance, but it’s gotta beat the pain I was getting!!! I bought it from boots for the princely sum of around £5.50 for a 30g tube,
which is a bargain in my books. While using it I didn’t take any tablet pain killers and invested my trust in this product and I would safely say it has paid off handsomely. I would recommend it to anyone who gets this type of pain, or amateur sports people to keep in their kitbag.
I tend to suffer with recurrent muscular pain around the neck, shoulders and upper back area. Therefore I am often in quite a lot of discomfort. I used to use the popular heat cream treatments to try to get some relief, but they only provided superficial help. After the 'heat' dies down I was still left with the aching. However, I was given a tube of Ibuleve by a friend to try and what a difference! The last bout of muscular tension I had, which affected the right side of my neck and shoulder blade, was eased greatly by this product. I was over the worst in a couple of days, by which time the gel had reveived the pain, so I wasn't in that much discomfort anyway. An application in the morning followed by one or two during the day, literally wipes out the pain. It would definitely always go for this product over the traditional spot heat products and now always carry a tube in the house. Ibuleve is suitable for muscular aches and pains, backache, strains, sprains, athritis and neuralgia.
I have been in a lot of pain recently with arthritis and my husband suffers with neck pain and we have tried everything to help. We saw Ibuleve Maximum Strength Gel advertised a while ago on TV and rushed out (as quickly as our dodgy joints allowed us!) to the nearest chemists to get some. After trying several we were told they hadn't got it in yet or not heard of it! Then.... Lo and behold we were in Tescos and I enquired at the Pharmacy there and they hadn't got it either but kindly offered to get it in for me. They managed to obtain it in a couple of days I think it was about £4.50 and we have both had our first decent pain free night in absolutely years! Please take a tip from Scully if you are in trouble with muscular pain and get some, I assure you it is well worth the money!
Ibuleve Maximum Strength Gel is a clear or slightly hazy, fragrance-free gel containing Ibuprofen, a proven anti-inflammtory painkiller / The gel is designed to be rapidly absorbed into the skin for effective relief at the point of pain / Penetrating Gel for fast local relief of backache, rhuematic and muscular pain, sprains and strains / Also for pain relief in common arthritic conditions.