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)