menthol and methylsalicylate (Bengay, Icy Hot, Mentholatum D, Salonpas)

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GENERIC NAME: menthol and methylsalicylate

BRAND NAME: Bengay, Icy Hot, Mentholatum D, Salonpas

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Menthol/methylsalicylate is used as a

topical analgesic. It works by first cooling the skin then warming it up, providing a topical anesthetic and analgesic action on the affected area. The cooling and warning action may interfere with transmission of pain signals through nerves.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Menthol/methylsalicylate topical products are available in cream, balm, spray, stick, patch, and foam.

STORAGE: Menthol/methylsalicylate creams and patch are stored between 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F). Balms are stored between 15 C to 30 C (59F to 86 F). Sprays, sticks, and foams should be stored away from heat and direct sunlight.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Menthol and methylsalicylate are used for minor aches and joint and muscle pain due to backache, arthritis, strains, sprains, and bruises.

DOSING:

Adults and children 12 years of age and older (Cream, balm, spray, stick, spray, balm, and foam): Apply liberally to affected area up to 3 to 4 times daily. Do not use on open wound or damaged skin. Do not use with a heating pad.

Children under 12 years of age: Consult a doctor.

For those 18 years and over, one patch should be placed on the affected area for 8 to 12 hours. A second patch may be added after removing the first one if pain continues. Do not use for more than 2 patches a day or for more than 3 days in a row.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/20/2014



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