Pros: No major side effects if used as directed.
Cons: Can cause the skin to sting
I've been suffering from costochondritis for 6 months! I got it back in November from an upper respiratory infection. I went to the ER twice, thought I was having heart problems. It made my chest feel tight, like an elephant was sitting on it and I couldn't take a deep breath. Not only that, I couldn't exert myself in any way or I'd have a flare-up. I took prednisone, NSAIDS, Tylenol, and also used IcyHot to no avail. It would always come back. My mother told me that a friend of hers had terrible arthritis in her knee and could hardly walk. When she used the Salonpas Gel Patch, it went away. We thought we could try it on my chest and it worked within a half hour. I used the patches once a day for three straight days and the costochondritis is pretty much gone! I love these patches! They have given me my life back! I am telling everyone to try them for pain. They take the inflammation out of the area. What a great alternative to pills!