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

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

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    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

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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.

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.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

REFERENCES:

Menthol, methylsalicylate – Prescribing Information.

MedscapeReference.com. Menthol, methylsalicylate.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/5/2016

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