Visiting your local pharmacy or supermarket for pain relief can be confusing. There are so many products to choose from. It’s important to find the right one that suits you and provides effective relief. So it’s good to know that Nurofen targets the source of pain – but what does this really mean for your pain? What‘s the science behind the claim?
What is targeted pain relief?
When talking about Nurofen, targeted pain relief means that the active ingredient, ibuprofen, gets to work at the site of illness or injury. At the site of pain, Nurofen blocks the production of prostaglandins, a natural chemical involved in pain signalling and inflammation. In contrast, paracetamol is thought to work mainly in the central nervous system (the brain and spine). This means that paracetamol mostly works away from the site of pain.
Why blocking prostaglandins helps relieve pain and inflammation
Prostaglandins are natural chemicals that are released into your body when you are injured or sick. When prostaglandins are released, they make nearby nerves very sensitive to pain – which helps your body realise that something is wrong. Prostaglandins also make tissues inflamed and swollen. They are one of the reasons why your throat swells up when you are sick, and your nose gets blocked when you have a cold. Prostaglandins are also one reason why a sprained ankle becomes swollen and stiff.
Ibuprofen targets prostaglandins, blocking their production. It’s what makes Nurofen an effective pain reliever, and it’s also the reason why we can say Nurofen targets the source of pain.
Choosing the right Nurofen for your pain
Nurofen has developed a range of ibuprofen products to relieve pain, including the Body Pain product range. The Nurofen Body Pain range contains a special form of ibuprofen called ibuprofen lysine. It’s absorbed into the body faster than the ibuprofen found in Nurofen Core Tablet.
So if you are looking for effective relief from body aches, pains and inflammation, the Nurofen Body Pain range can help. They all contain the same ingredient and provide efficient pain relief including migraine pain, tension headache, back pain and period pain.