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Methyl Salicylate and Menthol

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Uses
Dosing
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: BenGay® [OTC];Icy Hot® [OTC];Precise® [OTC];Salonpas® Arthritis Pain® [OTC];Salonpas® Jet Spray [OTC];Salonpas® Massage Foam [OTC];Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch® [OTC];Salonpas® [OTC];Thera-Gesic® Plus [OTC];Thera-Gesic® [OTC]

    Uses
    • It is used to ease pain and swelling.
    • Methyl salicylate blocks chemicals that cause pain and swelling.
    • Menthol eases pain.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
    • Skin patch:
    • Put on clean, dry, healthy skin.

    Missed Dose

    • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.
    • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Skin patch:
    • Throw away any part of opened pouch that is not used after 2 weeks.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to methyl salicylate, menthol, NSAIDS, salicylate, aspirin, or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you are more than 24 weeks pregnant.

    Precautions

    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • All products:
    • Do not put on irritated skin.
    • Talk with your doctor before using products that have aspirin, blood thinners, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, ibuprofen or like products, pain drugs, or vitamin E.
    • Skin patch:
    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have had an ulcer or bleeding from your stomach or bowel, talk with your doctor.
    • Limit your drinking of wine, beer, or mixed drinks.
    • The patch may have metal. Take off the patch before an MRI.

    Side Effects

    • Skin irritation.

    Monitoring

    • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Follow up with the doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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