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

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

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

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of menthol/methylsalicylate are:

  • stinging,
  • burning,
  • hypersensitivity,
  • 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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/5/2016



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