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Ibuleve is a clear fragrance-free gel containing Ibuprofen, a proven anti-inflammatory painkiller. The gel is designed to be rapidly absorbed into the skin for effective relief at the point of pain.
Ibuleve gel, maximum strength gel, mousse and spray all contain the active ingredient ibuprofen, which is a type of medicine called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Ibuprofen is a simple painkilling medicine used to relieve mild to moderate pain and inflammation.
Ibuprofen works by blocking the action of a substance in the body called cyclo-oxygenase (COX). Cyclo-oxygenase is involved in the production of various chemicals in the body, some of which are known as prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are produced in response to injury and certain diseases and conditions, and cause pain, swelling and inflammation. Ibuprofen blocks the production of these prostaglandins and is therefore effective at reducing inflammation and pain.
When ibuprofen is applied to the skin (topical application) it is absorbed through the skin into the underlying tissues, where it reduces pain and inflammation in the local area.
Ibuleve gels, mousse and spray can be used to relieve the pain of muscular and joint conditions such as sprains, strains, backache, rheumatism and minor arthritic conditions. They should be massaged gently into the affected area.
Ibuprofen is absorbed less into the bloodstream from preparations that are applied to the skin than from preparations that are taken by mouth (see end of factsheet), however absorption can still occur, particularly if large amounts are used on large areas.
What is Ibuleve used for?
- Muscle pain.
- Rheumatic pain.
- Sprains, strains and sports injuries.
- Pain from non-serious arthritic conditions.
- Severe throbbing or stabbing pain along a nerve and in the area supplied by the nerve (neuralgia).