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Why The New Salonpas Pain Relief Patch LARGE Is Bigger and Better

Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch

In a recent press release, the Hisamitsu America division of Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., announced the availability of the Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch LARGE. The SALONPAS® product line is the only FDA-approved, over-the-counter pain relief patch on the market, and the new Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch LARGE is the only FDA-approved pain reliever labeled to “relieve mild to tougher, moderate pain.”


New Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch LARGE Is More Cost Effective

The product launch is supported by a national broadcast advertising campaign which starts this week. According to John Incledon, President and CEO of Hisamitsu America:

“There is only one OTC topical pain reliever that is FDA-approved like prescription medicine, and that’s the Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch. We understand that many consumers suffer from back pain, as it is the most common area of pain.  As a response, we decided to launch the new Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch LARGE. They’re twice the size as before with the power to target large pain areas. We also included nine patches in this new product to provide a better value to our consumers. Since the patches are now double the size, there is a 35% savings on an equivalized patch basis.”

Pain Relief Patches Are Safer Than Pills

According to the Institute of Medicine, almost one-third of Americans encounter long-term pain which costs our nation approximately $558 billion dollars between medical bills, sick days, and lost productivity. The new Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch LARGE offers an effective solution that is easy to apply, easy to afford, and easy to remember. You won’t have to be afraid of overdosing on pain medication again.

The topical analgesic pain relief provided by patches and gels are much safer than traditional pain pills because they offer topical, controlled release delivery of the medication. Your risk of a stomach bleed is higher from taking pills than from applying a pain relief patch. Topical or transdermal drug therapy is more common in Europe and Asia than in the United States which, for the majority, is still a pill society.

Award-willing journalist, Dr. Bob Arnot, M.D., enthusiastically endorses the new Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch LARGE which he personally uses. Dr. Bob Arnot, M.D., internal medicine, is the author of twelve books on nutrition and health. He was previously Chief Medical Correspondent for NBC and CBS News.

“Clinical trials demonstrated that the Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch works up to 12 hours on mild to tougher moderate pain. As a 70-year old active athlete, I suffer from pain as a result of training and competing. I was a huge fan of the previous Salonpas Pain Relief Patch and it is great that it is now available as a double-size, larger patch which targets my back pain.” - Dr. Bob Arnot, M.D.

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Salonpas® Compared To Pain Scale for Reference

The new Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch LARGE is labeled to relieve “mild to tougher, moderate pain”. For personal reference, “mild pain” is recognized on a pain scale and described as the level 1 of pain experienced after a mosquito bite for example. Levels 1, 2, and 3 on this pain scale are described as “very mild”, “discomforting”, and “tolerable”. Discomforting pain or level 2 is compared to pinching the fold of skin between your thumb and index finger with your fingernails. Tolerable pain or level 3 is compared to the pain experienced when you accidentally cut yourself or poke yourself with a needle. Levels 1-3 of this chart are all considered “minor pain”.

Now let’s jump to moderate pain on the pain chart. Levels 4-6 are categorized as “moderate”. Level 4 or “distressing” pain is compared to the pain experienced during a toothache or after a bee sting. Level 5 or “very distressing” pain is compared to the degree of pain experienced following a sprained ankle or mild back pain. Level 6 or “intense” pain is compared to a bad headache with several beestings or bad back pain.

The new Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch LARGE provides 12-hour pain relief for up to level 6 of the pain scale which is impressive for an over-the-counter topical medication. Every individual has a different tolerance for pain, but this pain chart is a commonly used medical scale considered to be accurate for the general population. Beyond level 6 on the pain scale, people should get medical attention because such pain is categorized as “severe”, ranging as “very intense”, “utterly horrible”, “excruciating, unbearable”, and “unimaginable, unspeakable”. The chart can be viewed here.

Opioid Epidemic Statistics

Our nation is experiencing an opioid crisis of frightening proportions. Tragically, 115 Americans die every day due to an opioid overdose according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH). Sadly, prescription pain relievers are included in this statistic, and 21-29% of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them. An astonishing 80% of heroin addicts first abused prescription opioids. Pain is a necessary symptom informing us of injury, but the new Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch LARGE offers us a welcome, alternative solution for pain relief instead of the traditional prescription pain pill.

Salonpas® Instructions

The new Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch LARGE should be applied directly at the site of pain. Is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), and it should not be combined with other NSAIDs as this increases your risk for a stomach bleed. Other NSAIDs include ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen. Only one Salonpas® patch should be applied at a time, and Salonpas® can be used for children 12 and older. Consult your child’s pediatrician before applying Salonpas®. Do not use Salonpas® if you have been diagnosed with an NSAIDs allergy. Please refer to the Salonpas® website for more information and further instructions.


In conclusion, the new Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch LARGE offers impressive pain relief for an over-the-counter topical medication, it is more cost effective, and it is safer than taking traditional pain relief medication. With Salonpas®, pain doesn’t have to detract from your quality of life again. You can still live life to the fullest and cross more items off your bucket list with one simple application of a Salonpas® pain patch!