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Ibuprofen Gel

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Ibuprofen gel is a type of medication which can be used to treat various types of pain, particularly those that affect the joints and muscles. This gel is applied to the skin and provides both pain relief and anti-inflammatory benefits. It is straightforward to use and can be used on a daily basis and multiple times within a single day if necessary. Adults and children aged at least 14 are able to use this medicinal gel. Ibuprofen is a popular choice of medication available under its generic name and under various different brands. While many take ibuprofen as tablets, some prefer to use the gel version against specific types of pain they may be suffering.

Last Patient Information Leaflet Review Date: 21/04/2020

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What is Ibuprofen Gel?

Ibuprofen gel is a pain relief medicine which can treat a number of different conditions which affect the joints and muscles. It also works as an anti-inflammatory. Back pain, sprains, strains and other similar types of pains/injuries can be treated using ibuprofen gel. The gel can also be used to treat pain caused by non-serious arthritic conditions and nerve pain (neuralgia).

Ibuprofen is a popular choice of pain relief medication and many take it in tablet form. However, some people find it preferable and more effective to have this treatment in gel form (depending on the specific type/area of pain they are looking to treat).

This medicine is a popular choice for treating sports injuries. It can be used by adults and children aged 14 or above.

Ibuprofen gel can be bought as either a generic medicine or under a brand name. Fenbid and Phorpain are a couple of the names which ibuprofen gel is sold under.

How Ibuprofen Gel works

Ibuprofen gel is part of a group of medicines called non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which all aim to reduce pain and inflammation and bring down a high temperature. When it is applied to an area where you are feeling pain, this gel can help by blocking an enzyme in your body called cyclo-oxygenase which creates hormones that cause pain and swelling.

Am I ok to use Ibuprofen Gel?

If you are looking to treat pain in your joints or muscles or any other type of pain this gel is meant for, then you’ll likely be fine using this medication. There are a small number of circumstances where ibuprofen gel should not be used (or it should only be used if your doctor or pharmacist says it’s ok to do so).

For instance, if you are asthmatic, then you should not use ibuprofen gel since it can make your asthma symptoms worse or cause a reaction. For similar reasons you should avoid using ibuprofen gel if you suffer from rhinitis (allergic runny nose) or urticaria.

Ibuprofen gel should not be applied to skin which is either broken, damaged, infected or diseased. If you are looking to treat skin with these issues, then you should seek alternative treatment (which is something you can ask a doctor or your local pharmacist about, if necessary).

You should only use this gel if a doctor or local pharmacist advises it’s ok to do so if any of the following applies to you:

  • You have had an ulcer or some other problem affecting your stomach or intestines in the past
  • You have wheezing attacks
  • You have some kind of kidney problem

If you are using any other medicines, then you should tell your doctor or local pharmacist about these before you start using ibuprofen gel. This is necessary to be sure that there is no risk that the medicines you are taking could clash with the effects of ibuprofen gel. It’s particularly important to mention if you are taking any of the following:

  • Medicines used to lower your blood pressure (such as atenolol)
  • Medicines used to thin your blood (such as warfarin)
  • Any other NSAIDs or aspirin (for pain and inflammation)

Using Ibuprofen Gel during pregnancy

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, then you should NOT use ibuprofen gel. You should seek alternative treatment if you are struggling with pain symptoms. You can consult a doctor or local pharmacist for advice on what medications you can consider for use.

Ibuprofen Gel dosage instructions

The standard dosage instructions when using this particular medication is to squeeze 2 to 5cm of gel (or 0.8 to 2 inches of gel) from the tube and rub it into the affected area until absorbed. This dose can be applied more than once in a single daily if necessary, but it should not be repeated more frequently than every 4 hours and no more than 4 times in total in any 24-hour period. The amount of gel you squeeze out should be equivalent to 50 to 125mg of ibuprofen.

This gel should only be applied to healthy, unbroken skin and should be kept away from cuts and grazes. Protect areas you treat from direct sunlight to avoid any sensitivity reaction. If your pain symptoms do not improve after two weeks of using this gel or they get worse at any time, then contact a doctor about this.

Ibuprofen Gel side effects

Like with other medicines, ibuprofen gel could potentially cause side effects. However, they are not common so the chances are that you won’t notice any. In some cases, the following side effects can occur for patients:

  • Itching or reddening of the skin
  • A burning sensation
  • Sore or weeping spots
  • Abdominal pain or other abnormal stomach symptoms
  • Kidney problems (these are more likely if the patient has a history of kidney disease)

It is also possible (albeit very rare) that users of ibuprofen gel can experience a serious allergic reaction. If you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction (such as swelling around the face or difficulty breathing), then stop using this medication and contact a doctor or hospital emergency department immediately.

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

Dosage Instructions
Apply 5 to 10 cm of the gel into the affected area and gently rub until fully absorbed. Reapply as needed every four hours. Apply no more than FOUR times in 24 hours.
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Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12:00am Saturday

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