Soleve is only available in the UK, from the healthcare aisle in Boots and off the shelf in pharmacies, so if you’re planning a trip abroad and you think you may suffer from sunburn, you may wish to include it in your first aid kit.
If you’ve been unfortunate enough to get sunburnt, Soleve lotion combines two active ingredients to deliver effective relief right where it’s needed: an effective analgesic, ibuprofen, and an emollient, isopropyl myristate.
Ibuprofen is a well-known Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAID) that is a powerful painkiller and reduces inflammation. Soleve is specially designed to deliver therapeutic levels of ibuprofen directly into sunburnt skin – precisely where it is needed.
Isopropyl myristate, is an emollient which effectively soothes and moisturises the skin by trapping water. Rehydration of sunburnt skin is very important to promote the normal healing process and to make the skin feel more comfortable by reducing both the skin tightness of sunburn and the frictional irritation between sunburnt skin and clothing.
Soleve is not suitable for everyone, and it is important always to read the product’s Patient Information Leaflet carefully.
Soleve is NOT suitable in the following circumstances:
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.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms above, you should see a doctor.
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 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 sunburn areas covered up. 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.
Soleve is recommended for adults and children over the age of 12 years, to relieve the pain and soreness of mild to moderate sunburn.