Pros: Fast acting and long lasting relief for minor pains.
Over the years I have tried many different pain relievers for my back, from pills to topical solutions, one of the first topical solutions recommended to me by our pharmacist was Aspercreme and it did work for a while to relieve minor aches and muscle soreness, but as my back got worse over the years, it stopped working for my back, but still worked for minor aches and minor muscle strain.
What is Aspercreme used for?
Aspercreme is a topical cream for the temporary relief of minor pain from muscle strains or sprains, backaches and minor joint pain from arthritis.
As you can see it will work for those days that you overdo it working around the house or just overwork your muscles in general, it is just to help ease the pain while your muscles recover and will not fix any underlying problems you may have.
How do you use it?
All you do is apply a generous amount to the problem area and make sure you rub the cream in well, so it is absorbed by your skin. You can use it up to four times a day as needed for the pain, but if you really have only minor muscle pain, you shouldn't need to apply it more than twice, for arthritis or more than minor pain, you will probably use it up to the four times depending on your pain.
What's in it?
Compared to most medications, it has a fairly small list of ingredients. The active ingredient is Trolamine Salicylate and the inactive ingredients are Aloe Vera Gel, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Methyplparaben, Mineral Oil, Potassium Phosphate, Proplyparaben, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine and Water.
As with most medications there are warnings included with Aspercreme. If you have had an allergic reaction to aspirin or salicylate, you need to consult a doctor before using, this is probably not a product you should use. If your skin becomes red you need to stop using and consult a doctor and if the pain is consistent or last more than seven days, you need to check with your doctor also. It is not intended to be used by children and does not have any childproof cap, it's just a flip top lid on the tube.
I have used Aspercreme many times before moving over to Icy Hot for my consistent back pain and I can say that while it had problems with alleviating my back pain after a period of time, it did work well for minor aches and pains from when I over did it working around the house, doing spring cleaning and such. I found that it worked best with minor muscle pain in my arms and legs.
Aspercreme claims that it is an odorless and greaseless cream that will temporarily relieve your pain and although there is a slight odor to it, it is nothing overpowering like Bengay or Icy Hot and once rubbed in, it does not leave you with a greasy feel to your skin.
They also claim that is it fast acting and long lasting. I found that it starts working in about ten minutes, so it's pretty quick in providing relief and as far as long lasting, it usually lasts about four to six hours for me, so I have only found myself having to reapply maybe one more time during the day for minor aches and pains.
Overall, I have been satisfied with the way Aspercreme provided relief to my minor aches and pains and the only reason I moved on to another brand of pain reliever is because my back got worse and needed something stronger and I didn't want to have a bunch of different pain relievers sitting around.
If you have minor aches and pains and need temporary relief, I would recommend you try Aspercreme, but if you have consistent pain that you need to use something daily, I would suggest you check with your doctor to find the cause and to see what would be the safest pain reliever for you to use.