GENERIC NAME: menthol and methylsalicylate
BRAND NAME: Bengay, Icy Hot, Mentholatum D, Salonpas
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of menthol/methylsalicylate are:
- redness, and
- tingling sensation of skin.
Although the likelihood is low these products may increase the risk of bleeding in individuals who have ulcers, elderly, are taking NSAIDs (for example ibuprofen), steroids, drink more than 3 drinks a day, or have other risks for stomach bleeding.
PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING SAFETY: There are no adequate studies done on menthol and methylsalicylate to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.
It is not known whether menthol and methylsalicylate enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.
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.
PREPARATIONS: Menthol/methylsalicylate topical products are available in cream, balm, spray, stick, patch, and foam.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Menthol/methylsalicylate topical products should be used with caution with blood thinning medications like warfarin (Coumadin), nonsteroidal anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and steroids due to increased likelihood of bruising and bleeding resulting from methylsalicylate which acts like aspirin and can affect blood clotting.
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