Soleve
Sunburn Relief

Soleve is the first and only licensed sunburn treatment that contains ibuprofen to relieve pain.

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Soleve Sunburn Relief lotion

OVERVIEW

What is Soleve?

The only product of its type, clinically proven Soleve Sunburn Relief lotion is a medicine for relieving the pain and soreness of mild to moderate sunburn. It is suitable for adults and children over 12 years old.

Soleve Sunburn Relief is only available in the UK, from the healthcare aisle in Boots Pharmacy and Lloyds Pharmacy, online via Amazon and off the shelf in independent 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.

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Using Soleve lotion on sunburn

HOW IT WORKS

Soleve combines two active ingredients to deliver effective relief

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.

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HOW TO USE

Get the most out of soleve sunburn relief

When used on children over 12 years, application of the lotion should be performed by (or at least supervised by) an adult.

Start using Soleve as soon as you notice the sunburn

You should start using Soleve lotion as soon as possible after you notice the first sign of sunburn – usually skin redness.

Sunburnt shoulder - Lightly apply Soleve lotion to affected areas

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 2-3 days

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.

Apply an amount ranging from the size of a 1 penny piece to a 2 penny piece

Soleve spreads easily, and a small amount goes a long way - so you shouldn’t need to apply very much. Generally speaking an amount ranging from the size of a 1 penny piece to a 2 penny piece will usually be enough depending on the surface area of the sunburn.

Individual doses of Soleve lotion should not exceed 12ml

You can use the cap as a measure - individual doses should not exceed 12ml (one capful), and the total amount applied in any one day should not exceed 100ml.

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WHO IT’S FOR WHO IT’S FOR

Who should and
should not use soleve
sunburn relief?

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Who is Soleve Sunburn Relief intended for?

Soleve is recommended for adults and children over the age of 12 years, to relieve the pain and soreness of mild to moderate sunburn.

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Who should NOT use Soleve, and instead be seen by a doctor?

Soleve is not suitable for everyone, and it is important always to read the product’s Patient Information Leaflet carefully.
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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.

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What other precautions also apply?

  • 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.
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What are the possible side effects of Soleve?

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:

  • Stomach pain.
  • Heartburn / indigestion.

(Tanning and peeling of the skin are normal reactions to sunburn, and may occur 4 to 7 days after being burnt.)

For more information, have a look at the Patient Information Leaflet (68KB)

For more information, have a look at the Patient Information Leaflet (68KB)

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FAQs

Your questions answered

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Can Soleve be used during pregnancy and/or breast-feeding?

No, it should not be used during pregnancy and/or breast-feeding.
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Can Soleve be used by people with nut allergies?

None of the ingredients in Soleve are derived from any nut.
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How long can Soleve be used for, once the bottle has been opened?

Provided you replace the cap tightly and store the bottle at a reasonable temperature, you can use it up to the expiry date printed on the carton and bottle. Try to keep the bottle out of the sun on the beach, for example.
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Why is there a lower age limit of 12 years for Soleve?

Because at the moment Soleve has not been licensed for young children. We also recommend that parents should seek advice from a doctor or pharmacist if a young child is sunburnt.
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Can patients with asthma use Soleve?

Ibuprofen can sometimes induce allergic bronchial reactions in people susceptible to asthma. Although less ibuprofen is absorbed with topically-applied Soleve than with oral dosages, reactions can occur in rare cases. You should not use Soleve 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.
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Can patients taking beta-blockers (blood pressure lowering drugs) or anti-coagulants (medicines to thin the blood) use Soleve?

Although oral ibuprofen can interact with blood pressure-lowering drugs, and enhance the effect of medicines used to thin the blood, the chance of either of these occurring with a topically-administered preparation is extremely remote. Such patients may therefore use Soleve on the advice of their doctor or pharmacist.
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Can diabetic patients use Soleve?

There are no special precautions regarding patients with diabetes and the use of Soleve lotion.
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SUN DAMAGE

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Soleve Sunburn Relief

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