Soleve Sunburn Relief is a smooth lotion that combines the painkiller Ibuprofen and the moisturising ingredient Isopropyl Myristate to soothe sunburned skin. Ibuprofen works by reducing inflammation and killing pain by delivering therapeutic levels of ibuprofen directly into sunburnt skin. Isopropyl Myristate is an emollient that deeply soothes and moisturises skin by trapping in water and locking in moisture, allowing your skin to recover from the effects of sunburn.
When used on children over 12 years, application of the lotion should be performed by (or at least supervised by) an adult. Lightly apply the lotion to the affected areas and gently massage it into the skin. You can re-apply it as required, up to 8 times daily, but leave intervals of at least 2 hours between applications. Treatment should continue for a maximum of 2 to 3 days (a 100ml bottle of Soleve contains enough for a full 2 to 3 day treatment course), by which time the pain and tenderness should be getting better.
Soleve is not suitable for the following:
People with severe sunburn - e.g. blistered skin, intense pain, intolerance of any contact with clothing, fever, chills, feeling sick and extreme exhaustion or lack of energy.
If more than 20% of an adult's body surface area, or 10% of a child's body surface area is sunburned.
Babies or children under the age of 12 years with any type of sunburn.
People whose sunburn has worsened or persisted for more than 2 to 3 days.
People with severe dehydration and/or heat stroke who need urgent medical attention - e.g. high temperature, confused or weak, or having convulsions (fits).
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Soleve is for external use only.
You should not use if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to ibuprofen, isopropyl myristate or any of the other ingredients of Soleve.
You should not use if you are asthmatic, or suffer from rhinitis (allergic runny nose) or urticaria (hives) and have ever had a bad reaction to aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs in the past.
In rare cases, people who have a stomach ulcer (also called a peptic or gastric ulcer), kidney problems or asthma, may be at risk.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can interact with blood pressure lowering drugs, and may possibly enhance the effects of medicines used to thin the blood.
Soleve is not a sunscreen or sunblock, and will not protect the skin from the sun. People using it should stay in the shade and keep the areas of sunburn covered. Soleve is designed for short-term use (2 to 3 days) because this is normally long enough to treat mild to moderate sunburn. If no improvement is felt after this time, or if it gets worse, this may require medical attention.
Soleve should not be used as a general purpose after-sun lotion. Nor should it be applied to cut, grazed, broken or diseased skin.
Soleve should not be used when taking any other oral or topical ibuprofen or NSAID product.
Like all medicines, Soleve can cause side-effects for some people. If any side-effect gets worse, or if you notice any not listed here, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Occasionally, because sunburnt skin is tender, there may be some tingling or stinging when you first apply Soleve, but this should not last more than a few minutes.
If you subsequently suffer from mild skin rashes, itching or irritation where you have applied Soleve, then stop using the product and tell your pharmacist.
Very rarely, the following side effects can happen with ibuprofen (although these are extremely uncommon with products such as Soleve that are applied to the skin). If you experience any of the following, stop using Soleve immediately, and get medical advice:
Allergic reactions (particularly in people who have a history of asthma or allergic problems), such as:
Unexplained runny nose and watery eyes, or, in more serious cases asthma or aggravated asthma involving breathing difficulties, wheezing or chest tightness.
Generalised allergic skin reactions involving itching, swelling, inflammation, redness and perhaps blistering and light sensitivity.
Other more serious generalised allergic reactions possibly involving unexplained nausea and vomiting, swollen eyes, face or tongue, difficulty swallowing, dizziness or light-headedness. Unconsciousness could perhaps occur in the most serious cases.
Kidney problems (particularly in people who have a history of kidney disease), such as:
Decreased urine volume.
Loss of weight/appetite.
Swelling to abdomen.
Problems with the digestive system (particularly in people who have a history of stomach ulcers etc), such as:
Heartburn / indigestion.
(Tanning and peeling of the skin are normal reactions to sunburn, and may occur 4 to 7 days after being burnt.)
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