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      10.03.2011 16:34
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      Nurofen 5% Gel Ibuprofen

      I was happily chilling out in dreamland, fast asleep, when all of a sudden I sat bolt upright in bed with stabbing pains in my neck. After checking that I hadn't, in fact, been stabbed, I cursed my neck for waking me up and realised that I had somehow injured myself whilst sleeping. How I managed to do this remains a mystery - but now its a few days on and I'm still in pain. I think I've strained something in my neck, my boyfriend thinks it's a trapped nerve. Either way, it still hurts. I am no novice when it comes to neck and back pain; I once even received acupuncture through the NHS (that's a story for another day). So now I'm on a hunt for some kind of effective pain relief.

      Which brings me to Nurofen's 5% gel. After rummaging through my rather eclectic medical supply, my hands landed on this - so I thought why not?

      The gel is translucent and gooey, and has a whiff of ethanol alcohol to it. I squeezed a blob (hopefully between 4-10cm which is the specified dose, more info on that later) onto my fingers, and rubbed it into my neck. The gel spreads extremely easily over a wide area very quickly, so my advice is to be careful with how much you use and control where you spread it. It's not sticky or greasy, nor does it stain your clothes or leave grease marks. Additionally it's odourless and it absorbed into my skin fairly quickly. The tube that the gel comes in is shaped like toothpaste but is metallic, and I find that I can quickly squeeze out far too much gel, so take care there.

      ...And then I waited for the magic to happen. If I'm to be completely honest, I'm still waiting. After several hours I noticed no difference to my pain level whatsoever; instead all I experienced was a cold neck and my resulting grumpiness. Perhaps my problem is one that simply isn't helped by this kind of treatment. But Nurofen say that the anti-inflammatory topical ointment is for muscular and rheumatic pain, and strains and sprains. I'm pretty certain that I fit somewhere in there, but nevermind.

      Although I didn't experience anything at all, you do have to be careful with how much you use, as at the end of the day it is medication. It's recommended that you squeeze out between 4-10cm/50-125mg of the gel, and should be used a maximum of 4 times per day with a period of at least 4 hours between each application. Warnings include not using the gel if you are allergic to ibuprofen, aspirin, and any kind of painkillers or any of the ingredients in the ointment. Consult your doctor if you are, and if you're pregnant. This gel is not to be used on children under 14. Also, and I hope that this goes without saying, it's for external use only.

      In addition, the gel is gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians - but no eating it, people!

      The gel is only available over the counter in tubes of 35g. I got mine from Boots for £3.30, although this gel currently is reduced by 20% to £2.64. I know that it's also available from Lloyds Pharmacy. It comes in a green and silver box, once opened unscrew the cap and check that the seal isn't broken. Don't use it if it is! The good thing however is that the cap has got a firm grip, so when my fingers were still wet after applying the gel I had no problems putting the cap back on.

      Sadly, there's not a great deal more than I can really say about the product. I'm not impressed by it at all as I've not noticed any difference - hence why this review is considerably shorter than my average waffling. I just don't like it. However, Nurofen offer a range of other products, and I have found that Nurofen's standard 200mg tablets have offered some relief of my neck pain in the past.

      Thanks for reading my somewhat brief review.

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        05.10.2010 08:10
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        I am undecided

        I suffer quite regularly from aches and pains in my back. I would imagine that a significant percentage of these are posture related however I do also have a very slight form of spina bifida. This doesn't affect me much, and not at all in things that I do and was discovered purely by chance by x ray when I was around sixteen years old! Due to having these pains in my back I find that I have to take pain killers more often than I would like and so I thought I would look for a rub on gel to see if that was more effective for me.

        I was in Boots looking at the various gels and in the end decided to opt for the nurofen 5% ibuprofen gel. The only reason I purchased this particular gel was that I am familiar with the nurofen brand and felt it was one that I could trust and would be high quality.

        The gel comes in a silver box which fits in well with the rest of the nurofen brand. There is the familiar nurofen target logo and a red figure which appears to be running. The box tells us that the ibuprofen gel can be used to provide targeted relief for pain and inflammation in cases of:

        Back pain
        Muscular pain
        Rheumatic pain
        Strains and sprains
        Sports injuries

        When you first open the box you find inside a silver and green tube again with the nurofen target logo. When you unscrew the lid you must check that the seal is not broken. Once this has been checked you can then break the seal using the point which is hidden inside the cap. Once you have done this you will have access to the ibuprofen gel.

        To apply the gel you need to squeeze a 4-10cm line of gel on to either the affected area or on to your hand. You then need to rub the gel into the area it is required until it is absorbed and then you should wash your hands.

        There are a few warnings on the box which tell us that:

        4-10cm of gel equates to 50-125mg of ibuprofen and you should not exceed the stated does.
        Do not reapply more gel within 4 hours.
        Do not apply the gel more than 4 times in 24 hours.
        Do not use the gel on broken or inflamed skin, on the lips or near the eyes.
        Do not use the gel if you are sensitive to the ingredients or aspirin.
        Do not use the gel if you are under 14 years old.

        I have used this gel on my back a few times now and can't really say it has eased my pain much. I usually find that I need to take paracetamol as well still. I think that perhaps the fact that my back pain can be on quite a large part of my back that the gel just can't cover enough of the area effectively enough to ease the pain properly.
        The gel is easy to apply and has quite a cool effect as you rub it on. It doesn't feel greasy or uncomfortable when applying it so that is a very good feature.

        I think this gel is probably best suited for smaller areas of muscular pain where it can be more focussed.

        Should you wish to try this gel you can buy it from chemists and supermarkets. I got mine from Boots where it cost around two pounds which I think was quite a reasonable price to pay. I would recommend this product if you have a small area of muscular pain however it just wasn't much use for my sore back!

        thank you for reading my review!

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          03.04.2009 13:18
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          Use as part of your weaponry against pain, not on its own

          As some of you may know, starting or upping an exercise regime can actually make you feel worse sometimes: I have recently started long-distance walking plus going to the gym, in a bid to lose weight, but the downside is that now I have hurt my knee!

          Needing something to soothe it, I have been and bought some Nurofen Ibuprofen Gel . It was around £3.19 and I got it from my local Boots, although it is widely available at all supermarkets and chemists.


          Easily identifiable in a silver box, inside is a matching silver tube with tells you that it contains 5% ibuprofen. The instructions recommend that you use about an inch in length of the gel and massage it into the affected area, avoiding broken skin of course.

          For security the end of the tube is sealed and you need to reverse the lid and poke a hole in the seal first. I did this, then rubbed it into my knee. It is not strong-smelling, just a slight whiff of something neutral and slighty anstringent smelling.

          The gel is clear, so it does not stain clothing. I spent a good few minutes massaging it in, and it took about 5 minutes to dry. Once dry, it is not sticky so you can dress normally over the top of it. You can tell that there is something on the skin though, I would describe it as a thin film that sits on top of your skin. It is not intrusive though.

          The claim is that it reduces pain and inflammation, and the plus point of a gel is supposed to be that it doesn't have to go through your stomach, so it's great for people with a sensitive stomach.

          Well, I have been using it for a couple of days, and I am still sore I'm afraid. I would say I can detect a slight improvement in the few hours after the gel was applied, but it certainly doesn't rid you of the pain or swelling.

          (I am continuing to use it, but in conjunction with white tiger balm, and a neoprene knee support).

          Having said that, I have used this before on a stiff neck, and it seemed to work much better, so maybe it depends where it is applied on the body?

          I would recommend it only as one of a collection of defences against pain, I don't think it's strong enough to do the job alone.

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            12.07.2008 02:48

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            dont buy it unless you have tried it before, it does not work in the slightest.

            I have not yet found that this works for me, perhaps I am not using it correctly.

            I have been using it after I excercise if I have pulled a muscle or over worked something.
            This week I had hurt my thighs after a really high impact gym class, I applied the gel the next day when the pain started, I did not notice any pain relief. I ended up giveing up 2 days later and took a pill to tail off the pain after I had given up on the gel.

            It also takes a long time to seep in, its something you have to leave uncovered for about 30 minutes to dry up, and although there is no sticky residue, you can tell theres something on your skin.

            The product is an expensive gamble if your not sure it works, nurofen is a well known brand so I am guessing they would have had one or two good case studies, but personally, I would stick with deep heat, see a physio/massage therapist or get an ice pack, this gel is no match for any of those!

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            02.11.2006 23:43
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            In recent months, I have been experiencing quite a lot of pain in my neck. I am not talking about a small twinge here and there, but quite severe muscular pain, which lasts for hours on end. Now it doesn't really help having a long neck either because every slightest movement exacerbates the pain. It all started a few months ago when I suddenly felt my neck seize up at work. I could barely move - it was that painful!

            The second occasion was the other day, travelling home on the bus. I was sat awkwardly and had to twist to look out of the window. I could feel my neck becoming more and more tense, and by the time I got home, I was in agony. Previously, I would have taken a couple of Nurofen and waited for the pain to subside, but on this occasion, I really didn't think pain killers would be effective. I wanted something to target the source of pain straight away, so opted for Nurofen 5% Gel. This is an alternative to conventional gels like Deep Heat, which are good, but have a tendency to stink the house out!

            Nurofen 5% Gel is designed to relieve muscular pain and inflammation. The 5% in the name refers to the fact that the gel contains ibuprofen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which can be used in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism. The gel comes in a 35g tube which, in turn, is packaged inside a box, as shown by the picture above.

            Being a gel, it has to be applied directly to the skin. Simply squeeze 4-10cm of gel onto the affected area and gently rub it in until it is fully absorbed...or get a loved one to do so if you want! A dose of this size typically represents 50-125mg of the pain killing drug, ibuprofen. Because of the power of ibuprofen, you should not use any more than necessary. Indeed, the tube clearly states that you should not reapply more gel within 4 hours of the initial application, and certainly not more than 4 times in a 24 hour period. The gel is also designed for adults and children over the age of 14 years only.

            So what do I think of Nurofen Pain Relief Gel...? Well I have to say that my experience has been very positive. The gel gets to work rapidly - usually within minutes of being applied to the affected area. After applying the gel, I could feel the pain killing agent working on the muscles in my neck. It desensitised the muscular pain I had felt and made my neck feel a lot more supple. However, I must admit that it took a good couple of hours for me to regain full movement in my neck.

            For me, another advantage is the fact that the gel does not smell unpleasant. In fact, it is almost completely odourless, so you needn't worry about opening every window in the house to get rid of the smell!

            Overall, I am very impressed by Nurofen Pain Relief Gel and recommend it very highly. In my opinion, it works more quickly and is more effective than taking tablets to relieve the pain. I have found that I only need to apply one dose and the pain and muscular discomfort is gone for good. The main disadvantage I find with taking tablets is that their pain killing ingredients eventually wear off and you are forced to take more. Because the gel targets the source of pain, you are unlikely to need to apply subsequent doses. However, the tube does warn that you should seek medical advice if the pain worsens or does not improve after 2 weeks of treatment.

            Ultimately, the only real disadvantages are that the gel is not suitable for children under the age of 14, or for people who are sensitive to any of the ingredients or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It is therefore imperative that you read the ingredients carefully first before applying the gel, especially if you have suffered from sensitive skin or allergies in the past.

            Price: £2.98 (Tesco, Sainsbury), £2.99 (Boots)


            Licence Holder: Goldshield Pharmaceuticals, Croydon, Surrey. CR0 0XT, UK.

            Distributed by: Crookes Healthcare Ltd, Nottingham. NG2 3AA, UK.

            Thanks for reading!!

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            A topical analgesic and anti-inflammatory gel to relieve pain and inflammation in conditions such as backache, rheumatic pains, muscular pains, sprains, strains, lumbago and fibrosis.