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By now I am sure you have heard of Salonpas® patches to help relieve everyday aches and pains. They are made by Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical which started as a small, family owned business in Japan. They were founded in the mid-19th century under the name Komatsuya. They have been able to create new products in the health-related field due to comprehensive research and development. It was the introduction of Salonpas® patches in 1934 that impressed consumers and thrust them to the top in their market.
Many Americans today are ignoring the labels on OTC pain medications while they try to treat chronic pain sometimes not even diagnosed by a physician according to this study. That is leading to serious health problems according to physician and consumer surveys released by the American Gastroenterological Association. In some instances people are taking more than recommended and using the instructions on the label only as a guideline. This overuse can lead to serious side effects such as stomach bleeding, ulcers, liver damage, and even death.
Topical analgesics works locally to a targeted area, this can potentially reduce the amount of drug working through your stomach, liver and kidneys. In many cases, you can avoid some drug interactions by using a topical analgesic but be sure to consult your physician first.
Salonpas® continues to research and listen to their consumers to help refine their products. They focus their efforts on external analgesic products that deliver drugs through the surface of the skin. They can control the dosage over time and in the bloodstream, reduce harmful effects to the digestive system and more. Some of their products can even be used on children 12 years or older. It is always recommended to speak with your pediatrician first. The shelf-life of Salonpas® products are 3 years from the production date so you don't have to worry about them expiring before you get a chance to use them.
At IMHO Views, Reviews and Giveaways we were given the opportunity to test a whole suite of Salonpas® products in order to let you know what we think.
Salonpas Pain Reliving Jet Spray
My husband tried the Salonpas Pain Reliving Jet Spray first before he went to work. It was easy to apply because you just sprayed it where you needed it. For him it was his knee. It was cold going on and then it dried on the skin. It didn't take long to start working. He reported that it took all of the pain away for one hour and then it wore off kind of gradually. This will be very convenient to carry to work and apply.
Salonpas Lidocaine 4% Pain Relieving Gel-Patches
I have been prescribed the prescription Lidocaine 5% patches before so I really wanted to see if these OTC Salonpas Lidocaine 4% Pain Relieving Gel-Patches would work. I have no shortage of aches and pains to try this on so I slapped on my back the same place I put the Rx ones in the past. These do work to take away the pain. You can leave the patch on for eight hours. I have chronic pain that is quite severe so my relief lasted approximately four hours. It would be safe to expect it to work longer on moderate pain. Note that I had the same experience with the Rx patches and I assure you the price was much, much higher.
Con: You can only use one of these patches at a time. I was allowed to use three of the Rx patches at a time. (although I guess I didn't have any longer results by doing so)
Read more about the Salonpas Lidocaine 4% Pain Relieving Gel – Patches here and look for them at Walgreens, Walmart or CVS in your area.
Salonpas Pain Relief Patch
Next up to try was Salonpas Pain Relief Patch that contains Menthol 3% and Methyl Salicylate 10%. These are 2 3/4" x 3 15/16" and are stretchable and flexible. He voiced his doubt that it would stay on since we applied it to the knee area. He wore this and was bending and stretching and moving around and it stayed on very nicely. It has a bit of a smell to it but not overpowering like some creams. You can leave this on for 8-12 hours and he forgot about his pain and left it on for 14 hours and did not experience any adverse reaction. *Please follow package instructions when using.
For these we liked the ones that came individually wrapped because the other ones come 5 in a packet and you have to discard what you don’t use after 14 days.
These are very likely going to become part of our arsenal against aches and pains. Of course we will have to have a discussion with the doctor because it is advised to only use these for 7 days without consulting a physician.
Salonpas Pain Relieving Gel-Patch Hot
I tried the Salonpas Pain Relieving Gel-Patch Hot with some trepidation because it contains Capsiacin and I have been known to be kind of sensitive to that ingredient in the past. I tried this on my elbow which can get very sore after being on the computer for sometimes 40 hours at a time. The amount of Capsiacin is only 0.025% and while I did feel a hot feeling, my skin did not feel like it was on fire as in my past experience with a similar product. For me this started working within ten minutes and I felt kind of soothed. My pain was not there and this time stayed gone for the rest of the day. I removed the patch after 8 hours as the box stated. Since these come 6 in a box they may become part of my pain relief tools but only on an occasional basis.
Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch
The last patch to try was the Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch that contained Camphor, Menthol and Methyl salicylate. To give it a real test we each tried one. He tried his on his knee once again since that is really his only problem area. I tried mine on my some neck pain. My husband said that he didn't really notice any difference in this product than the Salonpas Pain Relief Patch he had tried second. I didn't have that to compare it to yet so for me I thought it stayed put well. The smell was as I expected with Menthol in it and it easily took care of my neck pain which was due to computer strain.
Pro: These do not contain latex.
Salonpas Deep Relieving Gel
The very last to try was the Salonpas Deep Relieving Gel. Since I was having a very bad pain day that even Rx meds didn't handle we thought it best to have my husband try this. He actually tried it after he experienced severe leg cramps. They left the muscles in his calves very sore. This has basically the same ingredients as the Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch but in higher amounts. This time he felt some relief but not complete. We were not really surprised because he typically does not get any relief for his pain after a leg cramp.
We will try this gel again on a different ache and pain. We have no reason to think that it won't help since the patch above helped with less of the same ingredients. This did go on easily, absorbed quickly and wasn't greasy. The tube should last a long time so we will get plenty of opportunity to try it again. Read all Salonpas Deep Relieving Gel here or purchase it here.
Be sure to read the instructions for each product. I left the link for each. There is very thorough information listed for each product. Most are common sense like don't use with a heating pad but some are more specific so please read them.
Overall our impression of Salonpas has been very good. It isn't often that we add an item to the ones we use on a continuous basis. My husband will definitely be using a couple of the product that he likes. Naturally, we will discuss continued use with the doctor.
For myself I am working on cutting down on the amount of Rx medications I have to take for pain so several of these products may be able to help me do that. With the generous amount of product that Salonpas sent I will be able to narrow it down to which product I need for which pain. It is nice to know that since I no longer have insurance that I can purchase the Salonpas Lidocaine 4% Pain Relieving Gel – Patch and receive the same results that I get from the Rx.
IMHO, these products will provide so much relief to a lot of people. I can very easily recommend these products. A lot will depend on if you want a spray, cream or patch. Some may depend on where you pain is located. The Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch that did not contain latex and you can use more than one to put one on each side of the pain.
Since it is near Christmas when I am posting this maybe you would want to get some of these as stocking stuffers for your favorite athlete or any you know who could use the relief.
Try them out and let me know about your experience.