“ Cheap, very easy to use Ibuprofen gel, suitable for a wide range of ailments, from sprains to muscular aches. Small amount to be applied directly to the point of pain. Not to be used more than 4 times a day. „
I had originally bought a tube of Tesco Ibuprofen Gel for my husband, as he was complaining that his shoulder joint was hurting him. It was my fault, of course. He had parked the car outside of Tesco's one rainy day and as I reached the passenger side of the car, he leaned across to open the door for me, as I was laden with shopping bags. It was at this precise point that he claims he 'totally wrecked' his shoulder ! This has consequently prevented him from doing a lot of DIY jobs around the house, such as putting up the shelf in the bathroom, painting the utility room ceiling, laying the paving stones out the back, now that the summer weather is here. I had had enough waiting around for the shoulder to heal on its own, and painkillers just didn't seem to be hitting the spot. I had a brief word with a pharmacist in Tescos and they recommended their own brand of inflammatory gel.
There are other similar (branded) products like this on the market. For instance, Nurofen make their own gel, however, it is considerably more expensive than the Tesco variety, and the pharmacist told me that they both basically contain the same ingredients and work in exactly the same way. I obviously opted for the cheaper option!.
This gel comes in fairly tough, metallic feeling tube which needs to have the end pierced before the contents ca come out. The tube contains 35g of product and it only cost £2, so I didn't think that was too high a price to pay for getting him indoors back onto the road to recovery.
This gel is apparently suitable for a fairly wide range of ailments, according to the rather large instruction leaflet - anything from lumbago, sprains, backache, muscular aches and pains and rheumatoid problems. The gel is very easy to use and I helped my husband to apply it directly to the point of pain on his shoulder. The gel is quite clear in colour and medium level consistency. It stinks to high heaven, though I had expected this. You only need to use a small amount and it rubs into the skin really well and I used a massage-action when I rubbed it into his skin. I used this on him about every four to six hours and it really did seem to make a huge difference in terms of him gaining mobility back into this shoulder, without him moaning about the pain.
It was by some unfortunate coincidence that I managed to hurt the base of my back about two days after having bought this gel. It was a fairly warm night and I had kept the electric fan on all night long and had removed part of the quilt. The result was that by the following morning I was feeling an awful muscular pain in the base of my back, to the right hand side. I used this gel a few times and I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it actually works. The only thing I don't' really like about it (apart from the smell) is the fact that when I first applied it, I could feel a very slight burning sensation. This wasn't unpleasant and it didn't last for very long, but nevertheless, I wasn't too keen on the sensation.
I would say that this works well for mild to moderate muscular aches and pains, though having said that, my husband claimed that his shoulder had been "hurting like hell" and it really did help with his pain to a huge extent, too. It's worth a go for short term relief if painkillers aren't working, and it's very well priced into the bargain.
I'd highly recommend it.
I was shopping and looking around the supermarket one day when I came across this ibuprofen gel, I knew there was a deep heat spray and I had used this previously, but I could not stand the smell and it was even worse as the smell was on my skin and followed me around for a number of hours which was unpleasant.
I am prone to injury, especially pulling muscles in my back /shoulder and instead of taking pain killers I now prefer to use Tesco's Ibuprofen Gel. The gel is applied directly to the area and gets to work almost immediately. The problem with tablets is that you have to make sure you take them at regular intervals and as per the instructions and you have to allow them a period of time to kick in and reach the affected area, with the gel you do not have this problem.
The gel is used to relieve pain and inflammation in things such as back ache, rheumatic and muscular pains, sprains, strains, lumbago and Fibrosis. The ibuprofen gel contains Water, Ethanol ,Propylene Glycol ,Di-isopropanolamine ,Ibuprofen ,Carbomer. The gel should not be used on your face and kept away from your mouth and eyes as well as broken skin. It should be stored n in a cool, dry place and kept out of the reach of children.
The gel should not be used more than 4 times per day and used for a maximum of 2 weeks unless advised by your doctor.
A 35g tube retails at £1.80 which I think is very reasonable, I have looked at other brands and they are over twice the price for a smaller quantity. You only require a small amount of gel no bigger than your fingernail, then with your finger tips massage into the area, once applied make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly as this is still a medication that will be on your fingers.
The great thing about this product is that it is odourless, which I think is great, compared with other products that I have tried. This tube is great to throw into your handbag and it is ready to use in a matter of seconds and easy to apply direct to the affected area. One applied it is not a sticky gel so you do not have to worry about your clothes sticking to the area, but should you get it on your clothes it will not stain or damage them either.
I also had plantar fasciitis and to ease the pain I massaged the gel into the area of my foot, instead of taking medication as an anti inflammatory as I would have been taking tablets for a long period of time, so I just rubbed the gel in every morning after my shower and before I went to bed and after a few weeks the pain and inflammation in my foot had decreased dramatically.
I would give this four out of five stars it is better than a lot of other products I have tried without the need for taking any other medication. It is also very reasonable in price and can be used on various areas of your body. It works well treating the area but I find that it does not ease all of the pain in a muscle strain or backache, I needed something stronger.
The magic sponge used to be the go to thing to relieve aches and sprains in professional sportsmen up until the late nineties when it was replaced with science , technology and of course the magic spray. This Ibuprofen gel from tesco reminds me much of said spray and sponge. Within seconds of applying the menthollish smelling gel I am raring to go again. Actually I'm not at all and to be honest I'm not quite sure how the quasi-science behind Ibuprofen gel actually works and how much gel equals 1 tablet for example. Given the nature of my work I'm forever suffering from aches and sprains and decided to put some of this into my tool bag to give a try to as and when required. I've used this now as instructed on around half a dozen occasions and can honestly say I have experienced little to no effect from it whatsoever and have ended up popping a couple of supermarket ibuprofen tablets later on. I'm guessing a large part of the effect is psychological as I'm really not sure how much of the anti inflammatory actual enters your bloodstream via skin contact.
Before purchasing this product I did read some reviews of it online and was hopeful of it being beneficial to me but unfortunately it wasn't. I'm sure it will work well for some people given other reviews online but in my case it doesn't. Boots own brand gel also did little/nothing for me and personally I find Ibuprofen in tablet or capsule form works best for me. This review is only my opinion and if you are suffering from chronic pain I would advise seeking a professional medical consultation.
I had a nice surprise earlier this week as I received a £40 Tesco gift voucher in the post in amongst all the other bills. I had forgotten that when I took out my Life Insurance the incentive with Aviva was a £40 Tesco giftcard as I took out this new policy a good while ago (long before the whole horse meat scandal!). To be honest I was happily grateful but shopping there is definitely not top of my list now, so I knew I was only going to use it for non Tesco-branded goods (for food anyway!).
About 3 days ago I woke up and instantly knew I had slept bad as my neck was crippling pain. I managed through the day, not making any sudden neck movements and consuming some nurofen to power through. The following day I woke with jaw pain so this distracted me from the neck ache but by yesterday the neck pain was back and too unbearable for me to try and just plod through the day. I finally decided to take action and put the giftcard to good use so went to Tesco. I spotted the box on the shelf next to Deep Heat and since I had already got distracted buying other goods (Ribena, some comfort washing powder, Fairy Powder all costing a good few pennies!) I decided to go for the cheaper option and get the Tesco branded version. Unlikely there will be any horse meat in here! (Fingers crossed!)
It comes in a little cardboard box and inside is a tube which has 35g of the ibuprofen gel. It was on sale for £2.03 which was cheaper than the branded version so left more on my giftcard for treating myself to a DVD or 2. The gel is easy to use and comes in a tube which needs to be pierced before use. The gel is transparent and quite thick and very sticky so is a bit of a gloopy product to apply. Luckily I begged my sister to massage this into my neck for me and she kindly did so. It did smell quite strongly of alcohol but once she rubbed it in this disappeared rather quickly.
In terms of effectiveness I don't know if this was more of a placebo effect or genuine results but as soon as my sister massaged it in for me I felt instantly better. My neck felt more flexible to manoeuvre around and generally less tense and rigid. The gel felt quite soothing although I would say my sister probably rubbed a fair amount in as I didn't want her to stop! After a while I plodded around the home and felt a bit more at ease but as time wore on I did find the effectiveness evaporated and some sharp pains returned. Granted the pain was a lot less than before and I could flex my neck and look around a lot easier but the pain had not subsided completely.
I then re-applied some later on when home and just before bed and really noticed the difference when I woke up this morning. My neck still has a few twinges but this gel really has been effective at releasing the tension in my neck muscles and allowing me to enjoy the day without wincing in pain whenever I need to look around!
Overall I have found this gel really beneficial and would definitely recommend it. It isn't a miracle product but has been effective at helping my neck feel better! It should also be taken into consideration that there may be side effects with using this Ibuprofen gel but personally I suffered no adverse reaction and would definitely use it again should a similar situation arise.
Last year I was unfortunate enough to be in a car accident, and as a result of this I had bad back pain. My GP prescribed ibuprofen tablets but I found these irritated my stomach and gave me bad heartburn and indigestion, so when I was doing my supermarket shop at Tesco I picked up a tube of this Tesco Ibuprofen Gel to try. I also periodically suffer from tendinitis in my shoulder, so I thought this gel would also be useful for when I had a flare up of this.
This product comes in a red and grey cardboard box. There is a picture of a main holding is shoulder in pain on the front of the box. Inside the cardboard box is a a metal tube with a screw top lid. The tip of the lid has the little spike that you use to pierce through the foil on the end of the tube the first time you use it. The tube contains 35g of the gel.
To use the gel you simply squeeze out a small amount of the gel and rub it onto the affected area. This can be done up to a maximum of 3 times per day. Included in the box is an instruction/warning leaflet with all the usual information. The product is suitable for adults and children aged 14 and above.
When you squeeze the gel out of the tube it is clear in colour. It has quite a thick consistency and smells like alcohol. The smell of the gel is initially quite strong however disappears shortly after applying. It rubs into the skin smoothly and is easily absorbed. There is no sticky residue left behind after applying this gel and when I shower the gel is washed off easily. This gel did not cause any staining of my clothes or bed sheets, which is always a plus!
After applying this gel to my back and shoulder, my skin felt warm and I could feel the gel getting to work. This definitely relieved the muscle pain in my back and I felt better within 10-15 minutes of applying the gel. I found the strength of this gel sufficient for my back pain, but my shoulder pain with the tendinitis was worse and I found I had to use paracetamol in conjunction with this gel, as the gel simply wasn't strong enough to completely relieve the pain of tendinitis.
This gel costs £2.03 from Tesco for a 35g tube. This is comparable to branded Ibuprofen gels which sell for around £5.00 for a similar sized tube and probably contain the exact same ingredients. Like most Tesco own brand products, I think this is a reasonable price. I would be happy to recommend this Tesco Ibuprofen gel for anyone with mild muscular pain, and I give it a 4* rating. Thanks for reading/rating, I hope you found my review useful.
Review of Tesco Ibuprofen Gel
This gel is designed to aid with pain relief and can be used for a variety of ailments, including backache, strains and sprains, rheumatoid and muscular pain, lumbago and fibrosis.
I suffer with mild arthritis in my knee and tendonitis in my shoulder and at a recent appointment, my G.P. suggested I try an Ibuprofen gel for topical analgesic treatment of my pain.
He offered me a prescription for a suitable gel, but when I mentioned that I pay for my prescriptions (currently £7.65 per item prescribed) he suggested I buy an over the counter gel as it would be considerably cheaper for me. This proved to be very helpful information as when I asked at the pharmacy counter in my local Tesco, I was sold this gel which cost around £2 for a 35g tube, saving me well over £5!
The Tesco gel is presented in a grey and red cardboard box, the box depicts a man holding a painful shoulder within the red portion of the package. The gel within is in a metal tube with a screw topped closure. You need to break the seal across the opening on first use by means of piercing with the end of the screw cap in much the same way as you would with a tube of tomato puree!
The gel is easy to use, simply gently squeeze out a small amount of the gel and massage well into the affected area.
Tesco include a very comprehensive instructional leaflet which contains all the ingredient information, warnings and possible side effects. I will not attempt to replicate these here as the review will go on for many 1000's of words and I am sure no one really wants to plod through this sort of information, so I will just highlight the main points.
This gel is for external use only and is suitable for use on adults and children over the age of 14 years. You should not use this gel if you are more than 6 months pregnant, are breast-feeding or you are allergic to ibuprofen, any of the ingredients, aspirin or any other painkillers.
The gel should be used no more than 4 times per day for a maximum of 2 weeks unless otherwise advised by your doctor.
The gel should not be used on broken skin and should be stored out of sight and reach of children in a cool, dry place.
As I am sure many will know, Ibuprofen belongs to a group of medicines known as Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and these medicines work by changing how the body responds to pain, swelling and high temperature.
I found this gel to be very easy to use; it rubs in quickly, leaving very little trace and no stickiness on the skin. The gel does not stain my clothing and it washes off the skin with no problems.
Tesco do warn that some users may experience a mild burning sensation and reddening of the skin on application and these side effects should wear off quite quickly. I did not experience any of these symptoms.
The gel is clear and has a distinctive, almost glue-like odour. This is not very pleasant although it does not seem to linger once the product has been rubbed in.
I have used this gel on both my knee and my shoulder.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
In regard to the effectiveness of this product, I am in two minds, I do have a high pain threshold and it seems I am in what others may describe as quite severe discomfort before I take painkillers or use any form of medicine.
With this in mind, I have to say that I have noticed very little relief from pain following using this gel; in fact I feel it is the massage effect that brings the relief rather than the actual ibuprofen gel.
It is rather difficult to generalise with a medicine product as what works for one person may not suit another. My own experience of using Tesco Ibuprofen Gel is not altogether a positive one, as I feel I would gain more pain relief from taking an Ibuprofen tablet than I do from applying this gel.
However, it would not be fair to say that it is ineffective as it does provide mild relief which may well be perfectly adequate for other people.
I am rating this product with a 3* score and feel that it is worth recommending to people who are suffering from mild pain conditions.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 March 2013.
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I have had a sore back for years ever since I had an accident. I am lucky that it isn't to the extent that it really interferes with my life all that much but it is bad enough that sometimes I can't just suffer it and need to reach for the painkillers. As well as hot and cold therapy Ibuprofen is really good for helping with the pain and Tesco do an Ibuprofen gel which is just as good as some of the more expensive branded alternatives.
It costs £2.03 for a tube containing 35g of gel. To use the gel you just need to apply a thin layer to the affected area and massage it in until it has been absorbed by the muscle below. The gel itself is transparent and has a thick almost glue like consistency to it. It has quite a strong smell of alcohol but this fades almost as soon as the gel has hit the skin so there is no need to worry that you are going to smell like you have been hitting the bottle before work if you apply this in the morning before work.
When you first apply the gel to your skin it just sort of sits on the top layer so you really do need to massage it in to get it to absorb. The massage also has the added benefit of loosening any muscle spasms that you might be having and slightly lessening the pain and tightness.
The gel does feel slightly warm on the skin and it can feel like this for a while after applying it. The area where you apply it can also have a slight reddening but this is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.
As far as the pain relieving properties of the gel go I quite like it. If I am being completely honest it probably isn't as effective as the tablets but I don't like to take too many tablets as they are bad for my stomach so the gel seems the lesser of two evils. If I was really suffering then I would take some pills but for minor aches and pains this definitely helps to relieve them somewhat. If I wake up in the morning with a sore back and apply some of this then after about 30 minutes the pain is much less marked and I am able to get on with things with only a few twinges.
I also like using this for those times when I have been to the gym and have given myself muscle aches and sprained myself. It works really well for this and bizarrely especially in the thigh area. I am prone to spraining my muscle in my thigh and this always does the trick to take away the pain and allow my muscle the time to loosen up without me hobbling about.
Overall for the money this gel is really good. It does a good job of helping with pain management. It won't really take away all your pain especially if it is severe but it will definitely lessen it. You shouldn't forget though that just because this is a topical treatment that you aren't taking a medicine as because this contains Ibuprofen there are a few things you need to consider before using it but these are clearly explained in the enclosed leaflet.
I am a very active person, I am always playing sports. I play football for my local village and always come home on a Sunday having pulled a muscle or with a ridiculously painfull back. I get red up of using deep heat and taking tablets! I was recommend this by a mate on the team and he said it works well and eases the pain where you need it. I gave it a try as I trust tesco products, especially there medical ones as they always work well for me.
This will set you back £2 for a 35 gram tube. It's not too cheap, but you are paying for a quality product that works better than the pills. It comes on a tube within a cardboard box. It's an easy squeeze tube that has a screw lid. It'd easy to use and I have no complaints. It fits nicely in my medical box! It's got a high price, but it lasts a long time as you only need a small amount each go. You are told to only use it 1-3 times a day and no more. As it is ibuprofen, you don't want to overdose! I'm sure it would be hard to do so, but follow instructions and do not over use at all.
It's very easy to rub in, the gel is slightly clear and has a clean antibacterial kind of smell to it. You apply a small amount to your finger/hands and then rub it onto the area that hurts untill it's all rubbed in. After a while you will feel the pain start to ease, especially on the back and also tight leg muscles. It will never take the pain away, but it wil go someway to help ease it and make it bearable. It doesn't have a bad smell like deep heat, other people will not know you are wearing it and its subtle.
This has helped me out plenty of times. It justifies it's high price as it works. It's worth getting some of this as it really works and you never know when you may need some. I much prefer using this than taking pain killers for minor muscle pain. What's best is it targets only the area needed and works faster as its direct! This gets a 5 star rating from me, I can't really fault it at all.
Thanks for reading :)
Tesco Ibuprofen Gel
Tesco Ibuprofen Gel is a gel manufactured by Goldshield Pharmaceuticals for Tesco. The gel is used to relieve the pain of pulled muscles, backache, sports injuries, sprains and other muscle related injuries. I first used Tesco Ibuprofen Gel about a year ago when I managed to hurt my shoulder one day at work, at the time I knew it was nothing serious and it just felt like a pulled muscle so I decided to put some Deep Heat on it when I got home in the evening. However, I returned home from work to discover that we had no Deep Heat, so back in the car and up to the local Tesco I went.
I went to Tesco with the intention of buying Deep Heat, it seemed like an easy purchase, but when I got there they had no Deep Heat rubs in stock, only the sprays, which I didn't like the idea of at all after knowing the strong smell of Deep Heat! So, after a few minutes reading packaging of other similar products I opted for this gel I am reviewing today, Tesco Ibuprofen Gel at around the £2 mark for a 30g tube.
What is it like?
The tube itself comes in a cardboard box complete with printed instruction sheet. I have since thrown both the box and instructions away as the ingredients, warnings, contact information and dosage are printed on the tube.
Inside the tube is a clear and rather sticky feeling gel, it looks kind of like super glue and smells pretty similar too, like a cross between a super glue smell and nail varnish remover. The smell is not very pleasant, but thankfully it is reasonably subtle.
Application of the gel is really easy. In my case it was my shoulder that was aching so I did need help applying the cream, this job fell into the hands of my nan as I was living with her at the time.
Following the instructions printed on the tube she applied about 2cm to my shoulder and rubbed it in really well. The tube says to apply 2 - 5cm. While the gel was being rubbed in it went from the initial cold gel feeling to a really nice warmth spreading across my shoulder and lower neck, even though the gel wasn't actually touching there.
Once the gel was completely rubbed in and my shoulder felt lovely and warm I needed to let it dry properly before I could put my top back on, I didn't mind this too much as I was planning on sitting in my room and watching a DVD anyway. The gel took probably around 10 minutes to dry completely, so when I applied this in the morning I needed to leave extra time for it to dry before getting dressed. I did try putting my t-shirt on after about 5 minutes but found that the gel made it stick to my skin and it felt really uncomfortable, so I really recommend leaving it to dry properly first wherever possible.
Does it Work?
While the gel contains Ibuprofen there are no warnings on it to say I cannot take any other painkillers while using this gel so I also took paracetamol to help ease the pain.
The tube also tells me that the dose should not be more often that every 4 hours and no more than 4 times in any 24 hours. This was fine for me as I was applying it in the morning before work, in the evening when I arrived home and then again just before bedtime.
The first time I used this gel I had a mild shoulder injury cased by twisting the wrong way at work. I used this gel 3 times a day for about a week along with taking paracetamol once a day in the evening to ease the achy pain and let me get some sleep, after this week I found that the pain in my shoulder was almost non-existent and I decided to use the gel just once a day before work to relax the muscle and to stop taking paracetamol. A few days later I stopped using the gel altogether as I felt like my shoulder was fine again.
So, I would say that although I don't think this gel alone is a cure for the pain, and I don't think it would be strong enough for extreme pain, I do think it is very good at relaxing muscles to give them a chance to heal themselves and it has a lovely warm feeling without the extremely strong and well known smell of Deep Heat.
I can't remember the exact price I paid for my tube of Tesco Ibuprofen Gel, but I seem to remember it was around the £2 mark for a 30g tube. A quick check on the Tesco website tells me that you can now get a 35g tube for £1.41. I would say this is good value for money as the gel does help your muscles to relax, but I don't think it is quite as effective as the more expensive alternative Deep Heat. I would say if you are in a lot of pain then you would be wasting your money by buying Tesco Ibuprofen Gel as I don't think it is strong enough and you would be better off spending more on the more effective (in my mind) Deep Heat. However, if you are only in a slight bit of pain like I was then I would say this is a very good value alternative.
Do I recommend?
Overall, I would recommend Tesco Ibuprofen Gel for anyone who is suffering with a mild muscle ache and wants something that will provide a bit of relief to make the muscle relax and heal itself.
Thanks for reading :)
Having spent years trying various forms of Ibuprofen tablets, I felt like giving Ibuprofen gel a try.
I plumped for this tesco brand purely as an experiment as I didnt want to spend a fortune on something that I may only use a couple of times.
I've been struggling with a dodgy shoulder for while and, being sat a desk most of the day, instant relief is what I needed in the short term. Firstly, the smell of the gel is quite strong, but not on a level like deep heat!
It has a much thinner consistency than I would have expected for a gel (I'd say this is more like a lotion), so be very careful when squeezing it out of the tube!
When applying it, really work it in to the affected area - it does have a nice warm, massaging effect and, possibly just a placebo effect, it did make me feel looser. But then this was a muscle ache I had so I can't speak for soothing any other types of bodily pain. The relief seemed to last a couple of hours, and then I applied some more. I think, alongside regular painkillers, this gel can work as a back-up, but I get the impression this is for instant relief on a very specific area of the body. A quick fix, if you like. And I'm not sure that applying more gel than directed would lead to greater relief (unlike when doubling the dose on tablets!)
But as an additional item to one's first aid box, I think this is a great form of painkiller for muscle aches in particular and its fairly inexpensive and, if used sparingly, will last a long time.
Having Fibromyalgia, and being intolerant to codeine means I've got two choices when it comes to painkillers. Ordinary things like paracetamol and ibuprofen, or much stronger stuff like morphine. Now I have been given morphine when I've had very severe pain, but I wouldn't want to use it regularly, so I do my best to find things on the regular range that I can use which work.
As well as the usual oral pills, ibuprofen can be found in gel form in things like this Tesco Ibuprofen Gel and Deep Relief, and this sort of topical application can be very useful to target specific areas that are in pain sometimes. For me it's usually around my upper back and shoulders where the muscles seize up that I find myself applying things like this (well getting hubby to apply it, it's very hard to reach the back of your own shoulders when they've seized up!).
My preferred topical ibuprofen gel is deep relief, but it IS expensive, and it was on a week where I was in pain and low on cash when I tried this because the two were side-by-side on the shelf in the store when I was shopping, and this own brand version was substantially cheaper. The deep relief is around £5 for a 50g tube whereas this is about £1.90 for a 35g tube. Ok it's a bit smaller, but that's still only about 60p per 10g as opposed to £1 for 10g with the deep relief. Seemed like a worthwhile saving so I bought it.
Like every other gel of this nature, you apply it to unbroken skin rub it in and wait for the stickiness to subside before donning clothing over the affected area. The gel took about the same length of time to dry, but unfortunately for me, although the active ingredient in this which is the ibuprofen is the same and both are 5%, this one just didn't do the biz.
My guess is that the lever menthol which is in the deep relief alongside the ibuprofen works with it and does something too because it's the biggest difference I've found between the two gels and the only thing I can think of which would explain why one would work and the other not very well.
Don't get me wrong if it was all that was available I'd use it as it would be better than nothing, but it just doesn't cut the mustard comparatively and I'd rather pay more for something that works well than pay less and still be in pain even if it's a bit less pain. I'd also hazard a guess that if you don't use this sort of topical treatment often, or if you pain level is only mild it might well work quite well enough to suit many people. It's just that when my shoulders seize up they really do it fairly thoroughly and I want the pain and any inflammation dealt with as soon as possible and as thoroughly as possible.
As you are probably aware from reading my previous reviews, I suffer with lower back problems due to an injury I suffered from a car accident five years ago. Whilst I regularly take paracetamol I am apprehensive about consuming large doses of Ibuprofen due to the associated side effects. However, I have to say that I will take the tablets from time to time, but not on a regular basis, particularly as several years ago another drug within the same group caused me to suffer stomach problems.
WHAT IS IBUPROFEN?
Whilst I do not agree with copying and pasting chunks of previous reviews it was necessary for me to lift one sentence from my Tesco Ibuprofen Tablet review to advise you of what the product actually is and this information is contain within the Patient Information Leaflet, which accompanies all ibuprofen products. Ibuprofen belongs to a group of medicines, namely Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and these medicines work by changing how the body responds to pain, swelling and high temperature. A product that I purchased approximately twelve months ago is Tesco Ibuprofen Gel and this review will discuss my thoughts and experiences.
The gel is presented to us in a grey coloured cardboard box with the familiar Tesco logo situated in the upper left hand corner. On the right hand side we are provided with an image of the upper section of a human back where a man's hand is reaching backwards to clutch his obviously painful shoulder. The word "ibuprofen" is in bold red letters across the upper section of the box and we are informed that the gel contains 5% w/w ibuprofen. What I favour with medical products belonging to Tesco is that they present the name of this product in Braille on the reverse of the box.
There is a double sided Patient Information Leaflet contained within the box and as it contains considerable information I do not intend providing its' contents within the review. One thing that made me smile, which is something I have never noticed on a product packaging before is that Tesco have made a spelling error on the box. We are informed that we should read the enclosed leaflet carefully before use, but Tesco have omitted the "e" from carefully, so obviously they were not very careful here, as they missed their vigorous checks prior to the mass production of this product! Now that I've criticised Tesco I sincerely hope there are no spelling errors in this review, despite me carrying out a spell check!
WHAT CAN THE GEL BE USED FOR?
The gel can be used for a number of ailments, such as backache, strains and sprains, rheumatoid and muscular pain and is suitable for external use on adults and children over the age of 14 years. You should not use this gel if you are more than 6 months pregnant, are breast-feeding or you are allergic to ibuprofen, any of the ingredients, aspirin or any other painkillers.
Inside the box we are provided with a 35g metal tube of gel and its' appearance mirrors the outer box. To use the product we need to remove the red screw top lid and pierce the top of the tube with the pointed area contained with the upper section of the lid. The transparent gel dispenses easily from the fairly large opening, but I would advise not to squeeze the tube too hard, as otherwise you'll end up with too much of the product.
APPLYING THE GEL
You should apply a thin layer of the gel on the effected area after initially trying on a small area and you should gently rub until it is absorbed. The gel is quite potent and reminds me of UHU glue, but a little more subtle. It absorbs fairly quickly, but in my experience tends to slightly burn and cause the application area to redden. However, according to the accompanying leaflet this is not cause for concern and I have to say that all similar type products provide me with the same effects. In my experience, the effects wear off quite quickly when I then allow the gel to work its' magic.
The product should not be used more than four times per day and only for a maximum of two weeks; after which you should consultant your GP. Whilst you should not cover the application area with bandages or plasters it is safe to cover with your clothes and I have never experienced any problems with marks or staining. To be honest, I forget I've applied the gel, particularly as it leaves no stickiness or residue and is easily removed when you next bath or shower. Although the gel is initially potent when applied I am unable to detect its' aroma afterwards, as there is nothing I hate worse than witnessing that "athlete's changing room" smell when someone has applied a strong product, such as Ralgex!
As for the effectiveness of the gel, it's really difficult to say because it obviously differs from one person to another and is dependent on the severity of the pain. However, whilst I regularly take paracetamol I will either use Tesco Ibuprofen gel or take a couple of Ibuprofen tabets when my pain is at is' worse and I tend to apply the product after taking a hot bath, particularly as my muscles are more relaxed. Whilst I "do not take back pain lying down" as we are continuously informed, I will sit back and relax for a short time after applying this gel. When I initially purchased this product I scrutinised the leaflet to see if I was able to use this in conjunction with the tablets, but could not find any directions, so to be in the safe side I only use one or the other.
I genuinely feel that the gel does actually assist in the management of my pain, but when I have days where my pain is severe I have to say that I do not feel that it is effective. I had to laugh at a ridiculous comment that a work colleague made to me several months ago when I had a terrible headache. She was surprised as to how it is possible for me to suffer with headaches when I regularly take painkillers!
Would I recommend this product? Yes, for moderate pain, but as stated in my review, when I experience really bad days I do not find the gel particularly effective. Consequently, I will award Tesco Ibuprofen Gel with 4 stars. The gel should be stored below 25 degrees C and not used after the expiry date, which tends to be in approximately three year's time. Whilst the box is made from cardboard and is suitable for recycling, Tesco do not provide the appropriate recycling logo.
If you are interested in purchasing this product I would advise that I have checked out Tesco website for an up-to-date price and at the time of writing (9 November 2010) a 35g tube will cost you £1.86, which is fairly good value in comparison with the branded names.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
I suffer from occasional back pain. I have been to the doctor who diagnosed it as muscular pain and therefore not serious and the advice given was to keep active and take anti inflammatory drugs. I don't particularly like taking ibuprofen and other drugs from that family because they irritate my stomach so I started to use gels with painkillers inside them for the afflicted parts. One that I use regularly is Tesco own label ibuprofen gel.
Tesco ibuprofen gel costs £1.87 for a 35g tube, the tubes contain 5% ibuprofen as the active ingredient suspended in a gel composed of water, denatured ethanol, propylene glycol, diisopropanolamine and carboner. To use the gel you simply squeeze a length of gel between 10 to 40mm long and rub it into the affected area and you can repeat this up to 3 times a day.
The gel itself is see through and smells faintly of alcohol. It feels cool when you first apply it but becomes slightly sticky when you rub it in, I leave a thin layer on my skin which soaks in fairly quickly. The gel does leave a sticky residue on the skin which is not very pleasant but the smell seems to disappear quickly which is good because otherwise people might think I am some kind of alcoholic.
I find that the ibuprofen gel is really effective at easing my fairly minor backache. It takes effect really quickly too, the pain is relieved within around 5 minutes off applying the gel. I generally don't need a second application of the gel as moving around seems to help my back muscles and I generally only use it when I wake up feeling stiff and sore.
The ibuprofen is absorbed through the skin, my daughter has a kidney disease and normally ibuprofen is totally of limits for renal patients but my daughter also has problems with her joints and my GP said that it was safe for her to use the gel as so little of it is passed through the kidneys. She has used it on her knees and ankles finding that it gives relief for around 6 to 8 hours at a time.
The only side effect I have had from using the ibuprofen gel is that it leaves my skin feeling a bit dry and scaly wherever I have applied it. This, for me, is not a major problem as I only use the gel occasionally but it would put me off using it regularly.
Tesco own label ibuprofen gel is just as effective as the Nurofen branded gel which costs £2.97 for the same sized tube so I choose the own brand option as it is a third cheaper. If you have similar aches and pains as me and my daughter I would recommend that you first consult a GP or pharmacist for advice and not rely on an unqualified stranger on the internet to inform you on medical decisions.
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.