Pros: pleasant scent, easy to remove, no skin irritation
Cons: due to small size I have used two on some areas
A few months ago I injured my back by sitting in a small childs chair for several hours during a meeting. At that time I purchased many lotions and patches to combat the pain. I did try out the Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch but by that time I had started taking Advil Advanced Medicine for Pain and stopped using patches.
The box that contains the sheets has a press down tab to open and close securely. Inside are two green pouches that tear open and contain five sheets in each for a total of 20 patches. Each sheet has a green backing with a white patch on each side that easily peels off. After you have removed one patch the sheet goes back into the green pouch and then inside the container. I like how sanitary the Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch is through the storing process, but please note they are not child resistant.
I have one green pouch inside my emergency kit since the uses include bruises and sprains along with arthritis, simple backache and strains. The patches are specifically for those over age twelve through adults. They should never be used with a heating pad or ointment. This is why I suggest using the patch before other methods since it is easier to then try a heating pad and then ointment. The area should be clean before applying a patch.
You can use a patch up to three times a day for a period of seven days. A patch should be removed after eight hours. I have not slept with the Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch and never felt the need for more than two in any 24-hour period. I had back pain last week as a result of sleeping on the couch with springs poking me at various spots. I used two patches for the area and they stayed in place most of the time. They are easy to move to another area, but I find it hard to put on in areas that are hard to reach and the surface was a bit sticky on my hands.
The Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch has a wintergreen type scent, which is better than other lotions and patches I have used. There is not that instant hot or cold feeling to the skin upon placing the patch. It does take awhile to obtain that heat sensation and the sides of the patch do curl up, depending on where you apply the patch. With other patches and ointments I flinch upon contact, so this is a nice relief. The scent of the patch is not even noticeable through out the day.
For consumers like me with sensitive skin it is recommended to test out a patch for sixty minutes on your arm. This is to check for a rash, redness or itchiness. I did not do that since the pain was immense and had no adverse reactions on my back or side due to wearing the patch. I did not use the patch where my eczema is on my back since this is a rash and considered broken skin.
For those who are pregnant or nursing a baby they should first consult a Doctor before using the Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch. The active ingredients inside each patch are 132 mg of Methyl Salicylate, 26 mg of Camphor, 120 mg Menthol and 21 mg of Tocopherol Acetate.
The patch is not to be used near eyes and for those who are prone to allergies from aspirin or salicylates, consult a Physician first. The Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch is made in Japan, the ingredients and warnings are listed on both the box and the green pouches. Avoid mucous membranes, rashes and wounds when applying the patch to the skin. This is a topical analgesic and there does not seem to be an expiration date anywhere on the box or pouches.
For me the patch has worked very well on backaches. I wish they were a bit larger in size, but I appreciate the portability and ease of applying the patch. Even though there is no real intense heat the patch is working on the aching muscles and allowing me to function without thinking about it.
One morning I woke up in so much pain I placed two patches on my back before taking kids to school and heading out to the laundromat. Upon arriving home I removed both patches and realized soon after that the pain was still there, but had been temporarily relived with the patch.
Now at the first sign of a backache I go for the Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch. It is a simple process of maintaining relief.