Nyloxin and Cobroxin: the next great quackery scam

It is LITERALLY snake oil.

 

There's no shortage of BS products to take money from fools, and Nyloxin (and its competing, or perhaps sister, product Cobroxin) is the most recent one to come down the pike. Taking over from past scams like magnets and colloidal silver, Nyloxin is being sold in infomercials, as end cap displays at drug stores, and - most likely - in the classified ad of your local paper.
 
This "product" (I use the term loosely) is sold in both an oral spray and a topical gel form. It purports to contain cobra venom, and to cure pain. All kinds of pain, from all sorts of maladies, from herniated disks to cancer. It is literally a cure-all, and that's not even the fishiest part.
 
What's wrong with Nyloxin? Why is Nyloxin a fraud? Let me count the ways. 
 
First, there is no way to guarantee if there is any cobra venom in this product, or how much, or of what quality. This is a completely unregulated product. 
 
Second, even if it does contain cobra venom, the scientific data on cobra venom having an analgesic effect is skimpy. Nyloxin cites many studies, but all of them were performed with injected venom (not ingested or topically applied). Worse, none of the studies were peer-reviewed, none of them were double-blind, and none of them were performed with a control group. In other words, it's junk science at best.
 
Third, the placebo effect when it comes to pain control is huge. HUGE. 
 
 
Fifth, the company producing it is being run by some very sketchy individuals who have a history of unethical behavior.
 
Sixth, the biggest thing Nyloxin and Cobroxin have going for them is the testimonials of complete strangers online. Oh, and there are testimonials. A veritable flood of them. But A) see above regarding the placebo effect, B) it's pretty easy and cost-effective to pay offshore workers to churn out testimonials for your product, and C) if everyone paid $24.99 plus shipping and handling to jump off a cliff, would you jump, too?
 
I often get accused of being a shill for Big Pharma for saying things like this. Personally I feel like if that's the only criticism someone can make of what I have said, then they are basically admitting that I'm right. People, trust me: this stuff is a scam, and it's probably dangerous. Don't buy it.
 
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Comments

The internet allows for the uninformed and misinformed to slander products and services anonymously. Anybody reading these posts should do their own due diligence. Erika is extremely misinformed. Nyloxin and Cobroxin formulations are backed by 47 studies. Of those, 20 are in oral or topical forms. All of the studies quoted were published in peer-reviewed journals.

Anybody can become informed about the product by visiting www.Nyloxin.net. These products have been available since 2009 and have been used by thousands of people to relieve chronic pain and inflammation without the side effects associated with NSAIDs or opiates.

Lastly - this is not "snake oil", it's an extract of snake venom. Cobra venom has been used clinically in the United States for more than 100 years and has been featured in a recent article in National Geographic.

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Becky Burns's picture

Becky Burns

My mom has used Cobroxin for several years, and LOVES it. She used it on my late dad, who had chronic back and hip pain, and it DID help him. She gave some to a friend with bad back and leg pain, and she also LOVES it! While there may be a lot of the power of suggestion in the placebo effect, Cobroxin DOES work!!

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Ethylene's picture

Ethylene

Cobroxin is the BEST and QUICKEST Pain relief KNOWN!!! I only hope it will become easier to find for purchase again... OR, as soon as I can FIND Nyloxin, I DEFINITELY WILL buy it, as well!!!! Those drug-filled prescriptions are killing me!

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Shantiann

Thanks for your input.....and as far as this "so-called" reviewer goes....he claims that people are paid overseas for their reviews, someone should ask him how much BIG PHARMA is paying HIM to go to all the Homepathic and Naturopathic sites to bad mouth all natural products that work and are AFFORDABLE....something Big Pharma can't make huge profits off the backs of poor and middle-class people. Man-made "pharmaceuticals" are poison....heaven forbid we should live naturally and get our medicines from the planet!

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pat williams

It seems like cobroxin disappeared from stores that used to stock it all of a sudden last year, then the same company came out with an identical product containing the same active ingredient but with a slightly different name "Nyloxin" which reminds me less that its cobra-toxin than the name "cobroxin" did... I wonder if they hadent ironed out all the kinks in cobroxin before putting it on the shelves which is what prompted a decline in its marketing & a rise of promotion for its replacement product "Nyloxin" instead. Both were designed & marketed by the same company that's runned by some very sketchy/unethical people with checkered pasts. Kindy suspicious of this company & their methods is all I'm saying.

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Bill Cover's picture

Bill Cover

Can you prove anything your are saying. If not , be careful.

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Ayla's picture

Ayla

My dtr and I both have used this product and gotten great, instantaneous relief: arthritic knee, sprained ankle, muscle tension in the neck, back pain. I used to keep a bottle or two around and gave the last one to my adult dtr. Now I can't find it anymore and am very disappointed. It works gr8. I am a PT, as well.

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JAG's picture

JAG

I must admit I don't have any pain and I don't use the product. I'm just an investor in the stock. It's less the 1 cent a share. If all the reviews are as good as people say this stock should go up quite a bit. For people that believe in this product that should look at the stock symbol NPHC and purchase some shares to help keep this product around. Commercials should be hitting all major networks in the next 30 days and NPHC is hoping to get a gov't contract for Nyloxin military strength for our wounded veterans. I hope this product continues to work for the many people that use it and I am mentioning to everyone I know that experiences pain. Go NPHC!!!

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johnathan andrews's picture

johnathan andrews

This product has had horrible lasting effects on my body & overall health. I took cobroxin spray 2 years ago for a month only getting through half the bottle before having serious health issues. My balance, diction, energy levels, concentration & mood are only a few of the things it devastated, ofcourse I thought there's no way this stuff was to blame until I downloaded the drug insert pamphlet online(which was not in the box of the product when purchased as it should have been) upon reading it I was horrified that I trusted my body & health to this product since the literature in the pamphlet is not grammatically correct & hardly even readible(as if a type of decieving corporate dialect was used to confuse & distract the consumer from the frightening truth of what they divulge in it). It says it is 100% safe, natural(I.e. comes from a cobra's venom gland! Along with inactive chemical preservatives ofcourse) & non-toxic! That made me laugh as it is a neurotoxin, while yes designed by nature, its designed through an evolution of incapacitating & killing a cobra's prey! It is very lethal & later in the pamphlet they even contradict themselves by stating that all side effects are probably as a result of it being a neurotoxin. It is the worst thing you can do to yourself, & though it is only supposed to last in your system around 56 hours before excreted(which is impossible since it numbs your insides constipating you for days), the damage it causes while in your system is permanent, can be fatal & certainly causes lasting long-term secondary complications as I can attest to with months of blood & urine lab work by my physician that is still not normal(deficiencies indicative of kidney & liver damage) which could even be as a result of improper production & chemical preservatives that are added. This is not something to mass produce & pitch to consumers like a new burger at McDonald's, it is toxic venom from a lethal genus of snake. Would you drink black widow spider venom if it made your back numb too? I was so foolish for trying this garbage, I really wonder if these creeps have ever tried their own product, ofcourse they haven't their not crazy they know how harmful it is like a doctor that doesn't smoke. Do not try this product it is poison!

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Mike O's picture

Mike O

Sorry to hear you thought the product was to blame, but given the fact I have used product for past few months, I have had no adverse effect, just relief, so could it be you had an allergy, who knows, but homeopathic products use only minute protein found in cobra venom, not the venom itself, so you may have had the placebo effect in reverse, something I know all too well can happen. Example, I got bit by a raccoon years ago, and being paranoid over rabies, and not being able to catch raccoon, I got so sick, vomit, fever, chills, I thought for sure I had rabies, and didn't, so from that point forward, I knew how powerful our minds are. Sadly, you didn't get the results you had hoped for, so who knows if you had an allergy or not, it is too long ago to say.

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Steve Brown's picture

Steve Brown

Let the those who have never had to deal with pain call this quackery all they want, but the fact is it works and works very well. I say to those who want to take shots at the product, to have a relative with pain try it and have them give their honest response. The placebo effect is plain ridiculous! You either have pain or you don't and those of us suffering from extreme pain have tried many products and the placebo effect never came into play then. This is the one product that really works. If you doubt me, just try it and see for yourself. If your in pain and not to try this for around $40 w/coupon you are missing out on one of the best pain products on the market. I challenge anyone to find a better product than this Nyloxin ES Spray. Feel free to email if you want the truth about this product or if you want to ask me a question. My email is: maryjbrown@centurytel.net and I will gladly reply. Cheers!

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S. Corso's picture

S. Corso

This product works. Both my husband and I use it.

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Mike's picture

Mike

Erica Since you probably have not tried it or had a reason to use it your mostly writing from your one sided opinion. I had severe elbow issues and after taking oral anti-inflammatories and steroids for months with no results, I was given some Nyloxin roll on to try. 2 weeks later, pain free and now I'm back to playing golf. Maybe it is smokes, whistles, quackery but nothing else worked and this did. GO NYLOXIN FORE!

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paul's picture

paul

nyloxin has passed the homeopathic standard for safety and is not dangerous. it is sponsored by the arthritis foundation and that's how i found out about it. i use it every morning before work to ease my pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. i would recommend it to anyone who needs a homeopathic remedy for pain.

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DL Monty's picture

DL Monty

Look 'Sir' the stuff works. I'm sitting here at my Desk with a bottle of it right in front of me. I have 13 Blow Disc, from my Butt through my Neck, and sitting at the computer just "Kills" my neck. I rub this On, and in 3-5 mins., the pains gone. Not forever, but what a relief while I'm at the Computer ... For me it works, better then your Oxy Or Methadon, and were on both, at the same time, and now I'm not ... all Dr. prescribed. Have you ever had to go through Narc. withdrawal before "Sir" ... I didn't think so. I have, Not fun ...
I'm sure this individual that wrote this "Review" (A) doesn't live in Pain 24/7, and (B) I'm sure doesn't believe "Pot" has Healing property's as well, Do you ...!!!

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Rosie's picture

Rosie

I would like to talk with the guy with the 13 blown disks.I myself have a lot of conditions in my spin. Im between new pain management Dr.s right now. So im off my oc's and methadom.And im willing to try anything.And I'm a person that swears by methadom it is my miracle drug. It helps me feel like a capable person agian,but I do still have some pain on it. So if this helps him without his pain meds completly then it has to be an amazing product. And I agree he must not suffer 24/7. I do

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Patricia Williams's picture

Patricia Williams

Thank you Monty! I couldn't have said it better. What degenerative disc disease didn't do to my spine, arthritis has. The
combination has caused spinal stenosis which is growing worse with the passing of time. Both of my hips were destroyed
by arthritis and have been replaced. Virtually every joint in my body has been destroyed by this terrible disease, and it
did not happen because I was inactive. I was an athlete and a dancer. My former doctors prescribed all of the highly
addictive drugs you and I are familiar with. Three and a half years ago I struggled to "kick the habit". The withdrawal
symptoms nearly killed me. My only problem with Cobraxin is that it is so difficult to find. I have learned to find it online,
order a generous supply, monitor the remainder of the supply and order well in advance. I have had no side effects.
The degree of relief is virtually unbelievable. I can use it for a few days and the pain dissipates so that I don't need it
again for awhile. When it returns, I "grease up" again. It keeps me going and allows me to lead an almost normal
life. I'll never be on Dancing With the Stars, but I can take care of my husband, my home, and my grandchildren.

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Sarah's picture

Sarah

I have severe neuropathy. Nothing, including narcotics, helped. I found Cobroxin online & told my husband that cobra venom is a neurotoxin and if it didn't help, which it should, maybe it would kill me--I didn't really care which. After using it for a week as directed, along with my other pain meds, it WORKED!!! I could function again after 6 months of agonizing pain. I love it!

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sharon tate's picture

sharon tate

Kinda funny how all these "different" testimonials declare glaring similarities in pain condition, pain doctor/pain meds & duration of pain "agony" before using cobroxin. Also funny that so many devoted users are just waiting online to discount it argue any negative mention of this product, hmmm... Also its strange that if it worked so well for so many, why did all in person retailers like walgreens pull cobroxin from theory shelves? Seems like as long as its only sold online the manufacturer is the only party that takes responsibility for the safety & effectiveness of the product which they certainly do not as is obvious by all these fake testimonials herein. Ahh NutraPharma when will you learn your product is worthless and leave the testimonials to actual consumers?

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Chris James's picture

Chris James

It's called breach of contract. The company that was distributing Cobroxin breached the contract and that is why it was pulled off the shelf. There is also a chance that it will be placed back in the physical marketplace within the next year. Don't babble about something unless you know what you're talking about.

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Sarah's picture

Sarah

Kinda funny how you discount everyone's opinion but your own. Are you perhaps connected to a rival company that practices such tricks of which you are accusing NutraPharma? You certainly don't sound as if you are in pain and need help, much less that you have even tried this product. I am an ordinary 60+-year-old "actual consumer" trying to function and keep working, and Cobroxin is a miracle "drug" for me! Are people like you the reason we can only get it online now? If so, shame on you!

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Shelly Corso's picture

Shelly Corso

Sarah, If you are having an issue finding Nyloxin you may get it here: www.mynyloxin.com/ChronicPainRelief Both my husband and i use this product and it works great for both of us. I am not an overseas tesdtimony as a matter of fact I live in Texas. If any of you have any questions that I can answer for you, please do not hesitate to contact me via email: mynyloxin@yahoo.com Thank you, Shelly Corso

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John Onyma's picture

John Onyma

There is a market for "contrarian" views, and I appreciate them. But this one needs a bit more explaining (?)

We just posted to JohnsAddiction.com a report that Nutra Pharma is pitching a military formulation based on cobra venom. If true, there must be some basis for it. The military has problems with addictive pain killers, and plenty of need for analgesics. http://johnsaddiction.com/5605-cobra-venom-nyloxin-military/

We received a comment that was clearly a marketing comment, co-citing Cobroxin, but that is to be expected. People are entitled to make a living selling and merchandising etc. There was nothing un-toward about it... just a co-mention. That helps users.

But your post here.... does it help users? It seems to present a contrarian view, but veers off when it makes claims of fraud and deception, and off-handed comments about junk science. Unless you clarify (which I wish you would... I'd like to be correct in posting to JohnsAddiction.com) this post seems at least as untrustworthy as any marketing posts making claims.

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Patricia Winnif...

I have severe degenerative arthritis. Both of my hips have been replaced. My spine has the "Christmas tree" effect,
and I have had surgery three times for bone spurs. The discs in my spine have virtually disappeared from L-3 through
L-6, and I have spinal strenosis. Worst of all the arthritis has now attacked my hands, and I am (or was) a pianist.
Cobroxin is the ONLY thing that has give me any genuine relief, including the prescription (and highly addictive)
pain killers prescribed by a pain management specialist physician. The critic who wrote this scathing review should
also be aware that veterinarians are using it on horses with excellent results.

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Joe Haigh's picture

Joe Haigh

Had numerous joint problems over the last 30 years, most recently in the last 5 years have been bothered by pain in my inner elbow, which was operated on nearly 15 years ago. Tried Cobroxin and after a short time it felt much better. . Worked better than the prescription anti inflammatory I'd been taking for years, or any of those smelly menthol products on the market. If Nyloxin is as effective as Cobroxin, it's got my vote as a great product.

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Amused's picture

Amused

The comment thread following the post is really quite hilarious.

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Anonymous's picture

Anonymous

Just curious if it is really considered a scam even if it is just placebo effect. Yeah sure people are getting paying too much for something that does not have actual physical effects, but if it the placebo effect causes an actual improvement in people then I would say that the product works.

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Paul McGuirk's picture

Paul McGuirk

I give Nyloxin on five stars, I have chronic arthritis in my feet knees and hands. Four days after taking Nyloxin extra strength I no longer have pain. My feet would swell up so bad in the morning I can barely walk that no longer happens. In full disclosure I invest in the company that makes it Nutra Pharma. Nyloxin is truly an amazing product.

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D Miller's picture

D Miller

Dude you are nothing short of an idiot. I am a United States veteran. I have severe back pain that had me in horrid pain for years. The day i found cobroxin at walgreens i was shuffling so slow slugs were passing me and flipping me off for going too slow! Once i finally made it back home and got this stuff in my system with in a week i was back to my young self again. Now a year later no back pain and feel so greatful. Not everything works the same on everyone because here is a thought moron we are all different! Try what works for you and i will stay with what works for me. As everyone should do.

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bobbyd's picture

bobbyd

I too apply the ointment and within 5 minutes pain subside.Yes there is a slight stinging but it doesn't stink like most muscle rubs and no side effects like hydrocodone.I still find at my local wallgreens

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S. McDaniel's picture

S. McDaniel

I developed SEVERE neuropathy, was on opiates and Gabapentin--NO relief x 6 months. I ran across Cobroxin while searching for help on the internet, having spent 6 months in hell. Because cobra venom is a neurotoxin, it made sense that it might help. IT DID!! Within a week of using the oral version, I went from being in agony to being able to function as a human again. I was ecstatic; so was myfamily (and my boss!). My first visit to my doctor after starting on this medicine brought comments of, ""What happened? You are so much better!" I find that using the Cobroxin with Vicodin and Gabapentin works the best (note: cut the use of the last 2 from 8/day to 4/day).

I am finally running out of my stockpile of Cobroxin (had gotten a supply at a very good rate off Overstock.com), and now I find that Cobroxin isn't around anymore, probably the work of such Quacks as the reviewer of this article.

I am praying that Nyloxin works as well; I cannot face returning to suffering I had previously experienced.

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anthony's picture

anthony

I stumbled on this post looking for nyloxin because im in sever pain at this moment...two years ago I bought cobraxin at walgreens buying everything I could find that I had not tried looking for relief I was at work and I no if i go to the DR he will give me something to take the pain away and make me drool on my self and become a junky on pain dope...I have degenerative disk problems and it may not work for some people and it may not be regulated but if you have pain and you have something that alows you to become pain free and not have side affects then give me some...I have two problems with it the fact it takes 3/4 days to take affect that is a downer and the fact I can only find it on the net ...cant walk in and buy it...im 35 in usa dont work for the company nor do I have stock or enything to gain ...but I tell ya i want and need some of that stuff placebo or what ever you think it works for me ive been perscribed fentenal patches for my pain ...that stuff kills people give me the unregulated not sure how much is in it snake juice im ready and want it now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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g srednicki's picture

g srednicki

As a senior citizen and an avid mountain biker, I can attest to its effectiveness. The stuff works, Erica you are fos

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Drew's picture

Drew

All these commentor anecdotes convince me of two things: 1) the placebo effect is real. 2) There's money to be made in shilling for snake oil.

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steve resnick's picture

steve resnick

I have experienced really bad effects on my health as a result of cobroxin so it would be nice to see an un-biased & authentic consumer response that doesn't just defend or advocate cobroxin in a short, vague & oddly consistent manner from numerous similar "consumers". My side effects have been: deadened nerves throughout my entire body leaving my face swollen and drooping at times like bad botox, weight gain, loss of balance & vertigo at improper times, infections, emotional & cognitive blunting, dysphoria, persisting hemiplegia... All of these side effects continued even after I stopped taking cobroxin 6 months ago. Though to some extent I'm beginning to feel better, for the most part I don't feel right or like myself anymore from how this product has affected my life.

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john andrews's picture

john andrews

This product has had horrible lasting effects on my body & overall health. I took cobroxin spray 2 years ago for a month only getting through half the bottle before having serious health issues. My balance, diction, energy levels, concentration & mood are only a few of the things it devastated, ofcourse I thought there's no way this stuff was to blame until I downloaded the drug insert pamphlet online(which was not in the box of the product when purchased as it should have been) upon reading it I was horrified that I trusted my body & health to this product since the literature in the pamphlet is not grammatically correct & hardly even readible(as if a type of decieving corporate dialect was used to confuse & distract the consumer from the frightening truth of what they divulge in it). It says it is 100% safe, natural(I.e. comes from a cobra's venom gland! Along with inactive chemical preservatives ofcourse) & non-toxic! That made me laugh as it is a neurotoxin, while yes designed by nature, its designed through an evolution of incapacitating & killing a cobra's prey! It is very lethal & later in the pamphlet they even contradict themselves by stating that all side effects are probably as a result of it being a neurotoxin. It is the worst thing you can do to yourself, & though it is only supposed to last in your system around 56 hours before excreted(which is impossible since it numbs your insides constipating you for days), the damage it causes while in your system is permanent, can be fatal & certainly causes lasting long-term secondary complications as I can attest to with months of blood & urine lab work by my physician that is still not normal(deficiencies indicative of kidney & liver damage) which could even be as a result of improper production & chemical preservatives that are added. This is not something to mass produce & pitch to consumers like a new burger at McDonald's, it is toxic venom from a lethal genus of snake. Would you drink black widow spider venom if it made your back numb too? I was so foolish for trying this garbage, I really wonder if these creeps have ever tried their own product, ofcourse they haven't their not crazy they know how harmful it is like a doctor that doesn't smoke. Do not try this product it is poison!

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Steve Brown's picture

Steve Brown

I used to take Cobroxin and it did help some, but then I recently tried the Nyloxin ES Spray and after a week I couldn't believe it, I was waking up for the first time without any horrible pain in my joints or in my lower back. I have been taking Oxycodone for years and in the mornings I couldn't hardly move without terrible pain. Then I would reach for the oxycodone and wait for an hour to get partial relief. I must say I was very skeptical and thought I will give it a try. Boy was I glad I did. After about 1 week I couldn't believe how pain free I was and I have suffered with pain for many years after 3 neck surgeries and 3 back surgeries.

It could be that this product doesn't work for everyone, but for those of us who it does work for, we can't say enough to share our gratitude about this product. I wish you all the best and may you find something that helps your pain. Cheers!

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Roland Perry's picture

Roland Perry

I used it for a severe achilles tendon strain and it worked like magic.

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Mike O's picture

Mike O

Having had chronic knee pain and back pain from a motorcycle accident years ago, I have tried them all, from Bengay to Homeopathic formulas, and amazingly, the Homeopathic have worked best over the years. Won't touch Tylonol and the other liver killers out there, and aspirin never helped at all. To say I am an expert at evaluating my results is an understatement given I have had consistent pain issues for five decades, and my knee can predict a storm heading my way with 100% accuracy. lol

Long story short, when I saw STOP-PAIN-FAST promotion, I did my research and like all the others before it, I decided to give it a try. I had read about snake venom used for various medical studies and knew there had to be more to this science than I knew, so I dug in and read everything I could find on snake venom, and if anyone else does the same, certainly you will want to try this for yourself as I did.

Ironically, I fell on ice the day after ordering it and ended up smashing my finger open which got severely infected and blew up to twice its size with a throbbing pain like no other. Anyone who has injured a finger or toe knows what I mean, throbbing is intense on these injuries. Well, the product arrived in two days FedX and thankfully, just in time as my pain was keeping me awake at night. To my amazement, the moment I applied it to my finger, the throbbing went to a buzzing pain, still painful, but it was like a vibrator was on my finger, this got my attention for no other product ever had an instant response before over the years, most were gradual relief, and short lived. In five minutes the pain was gone, now that really got my attention, and better yet, I got through the night with almost six hours sleep, about normal for me.

On Thanksgiving, I caught the turkey before it hit the floor, but got a nasty burn at same time. And again, finger and hand burns are painful, and in minutes after grabbimg my Nyloxin and applying it, the pain was vanishing in minutes. Does it work, darn right it does, so unless you have used it personally, the BS negative post here is just not true. And I know placebo effect better than most having tried hundreds of pain relief products over the years, and this was no placebo effect as some claim. Sure, the mind is powerful and can fool some people who take products which do not work immediately, but this is not one of them, this product works and true to the promotion, STOP-PAIN-FAST with Nyloxin works. As to my knee and back issues which pop up regularity, I have not had a chance to evaluate product fully on these pains yet, back only acted up once, and knee twice so far, and yes, I get relief, but I have had to apply topical gel every two hours, similar to other product I found to be the best prior to Nyloxin use. I may try the maximum strength next order and the spray to see how they work on back pain especially which topicals rarely helped me in the past.

Simply put, with Nyloxin in the middle of the market as far as price, and far more effective than any other I have tried at even higher price, the value is there, never mind the fact that they now offer an affiliate referral system, which given full disclosure, I took advantage of given I wanted to order two more bottles to evaluate, so when I find a product that works, I would have spread the word anyhow, so why not get paid for referrals. This is one of those rare products in direct sales which has to be tried to believe, and in your local pharmacy with dozens of brands, don't you ask which is best before choosing, or had a referral, so this marketing strategy made sense to me to cover my own costs buying product.

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Mike O's picture

Mike O

Beware this medicine cabinet killer

I can almost guarantee it's lurking in your medicine cabinet at this very moment.

And I'd bet my life that this killer is in the home of someone you care about.

It's responsible for at least 56,000 ER visits every year, 26,000 hospitalizations, and hundreds of deaths. Yet when we think about it... if we ever do... its reputation for being "gentle enough for babies" makes it easy to dismiss any threat to our life.

But the reality is, you--or someone you love--could be just a couple of pills away from severe liver damage or even death.

And, unfortunately, I'm not being at all dramatic. In fact, even those do-nothings over at the FDA have admitted this is true...for all the good it's done us (more on that in a minute).

The killer is acetaminophen, and I've been warning my readers and patients about its dangers for many years.

Acetaminophen is an "everything AND the kitchen sink" drug. Big Pharma likes to toss it into their most popular combo products like it's some sort of added value bonus gift. You'll find it hiding in plain sight in Alka Seltzer Plus, Excedrin, Robitussin, Dayquil, Dimetapp, Benadryl, Midol, Nyquil, and - of course – Tylenol--to name just a few.

And with it in literally hundreds of common over-the-counter drugs, as well as prescription meds like Percocet and Oxycodone, it's easy to see how treating a backache and a case of the sniffles in the same day could suddenly add up to toxic levels.

Acetaminophen is linked to liver failure

This is not a new problem. We've known for years that too much acetaminophen can lead to tragedy. Back in 2011--years after some of us had been sounding the alarm--some suit at the FDA finally fired up his keyboard and dashed off one of the agency's infamous "statements." In it, the feds admitted that overdoses of the drug are a leading cause of liver failure.

And that's pretty much all they did.

The agency did nothing concrete to help prevent accidental overdoses. They simply requested that manufacturers (pretty please) consider reducing the amount of acetaminophen in their prescription products to 325 mg or less. And, as you can probably guess, nearly half of those manufacturers simply ignored the toothless recommendation.

Are you one pill away from death?

In the years since that request, we've seen thousands of people succumb to acetaminophen-linked liver failure, and hundreds more die. In fact, it's by far THE most common cause of liver failure in this country. And now, three years later, the FDA has issued yet another statement on the drug, because, you know, that worked so well before.

This time around they're targeting doctors and pharmacists.

They've asked docs to consider only prescribing combo drug products that contain no more than 325 mg of acetaminophen. And what if that doesn't work? Don't worry; the FDA's got a backup plan for that, too. They've asked pharmacists to call prescribing doctors if they happen to notice that a patient is getting over 325 mg of the drug.

Setting aside the laughable idea that a pharmacist could actually just make a call and get right through to your doctor, this backup plan is still full of more holes than a block of your finest Swiss cheese.

I don't know about you, but the last time a pharmacist actually took the time to go over even basic prescribing information with me was probably during Bush Senior's administration. Counting on them to do the math on this for us is just foolhardy.

Even worse, your pharmacist will have no idea what over-the-counter products you're taking. So even if he's doing a bang up job, and does make that phone call to your doctor, you may still be just a pill or two away from an accidental overdose, acute liver failure or even death.

Toss out the Tylenol, try this instead

And if you're wondering what the feds are doing about the over-the-counter medications that contain high doses of acetaminophen, well I can tell you in two words: 1. Absolutely 2. Nothing.

The FDA freely admits there isn't a shred of evidence that acetaminophen in doses greater than 325 mg provide any benefits that could possibly outweigh the risk of liver damage, yet they're not doing a thing to curb the excessive amounts found in many over-the-counter meds.

In fact, you can purchase products containing far more than 325 mg of this potential killer in any grocery or drug store. For example, a single caplet of Tylenol Complete Cold, Cough & Flu Nighttime contains a staggering 500 mg of acetaminophen!

But that's okay, because I have a foolproof plan of my own. There's actually just one step. Open your medicine cabinet and grab every single last one of the acetaminophen-laced drugs you find and toss them into the trash can. There are much better and safer choices for pain relief anyway.

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Kevin S.

ERICA is a Dimwitted ignorant fool and all the other placebo effects commenter's are the same. This product alone saved my career as a shiatsu therapist. Rub it into my hands and it knocks out the inflammation in my hands and wrists. Booooooom.

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Bill C.

We are involved in a movement to help millions of people end pain - physical, emotional, financial. It's all connected. If you have pain, or know somebody who does, you don't need to suffer any longer. Cheaper than prescribed pain meds and better for your health.

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sarajeanWe recently switched to ibuprofen at the advice of an ER nurse and it's so much better. My husband has a kidney stone and it works just as well as the RX drugs they were giving him. Which pain killers do you use and why?1 year 9 months ago