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Methyl Salicylate and Menthol Topical

    DEA Class;  (OTC)

    Common Brand Names; Arthritis Formula Bengay, Bayer Muscle and Joint Cream, Bengay Original Ointment, Arthritis Hot, Deep Down Rub, Greaseless Bengay Pain Relieving Cream, Icy Hot Balm, Icy Hot Chill Stick, Icy Hot Cream, Maximum Strength Flexall 454, Mentholatum Deep Heating Rub Extra Strength, Mentholatum Sports Pain Relief Hot, Mentholatum Sports Pain Relief Warm, Salonpas Arthritis Pain, Salonpas Pain Relief Patch, Theragesic Cream, Tylenol PRECISE Pain Relieving Cream

    • Analgesics, Topical

    Combination of topical analgesics
    Used for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints
    Camphor ingestion associated with serious adverse events

    Analgesia for Minor Muscle/Joint Pain

    Balm/cream/stick/spray/foam: Apply liberal amount topically to affected area and massage


    Stinging/burning/tingling sensation of skin

    For external use only

    Avoid contact with eyes or mucous membranes

    Do not bandage tightly

    Stop use and ask healthcare professional if symptoms clear up and occur again within a few days, condition worsens or symptoms persist for >7 days, excessive skin irritation occurs

    Not for application to wounds or damaged skin

    Do not use heating pad or a child under 12 years of age with arthritis-like conditions

    If redness over affected area present, ask a healthcare professional

    Keep out of reach of children; if swallowed, get medical help or contact poison control center right away

    Avoid using over large surface area or for prolonged duration, particularly in young children (risk of salicylism)

    Ask a health professional before use; it is especially important not to use methyl salicylate at 20 weeks or later in pregnancy unless definitely directed to do so by a doctor; may cause problems in the unborn child or complications during delivery

    Ask a healthcare professional


    4 applications/day.


    4 applications/day.


    4 applications/day.


    12 years: 4 applications/day.
    3 to 11 years: 4 applications/day of camphor 5%, menthol 16%, and methyl salicylate 15% solution; safety and efficacy of other cream, gel, patch, or solution have not been established.
    1 to 3 years: Safety and efficacy have not been established.


    Safety and efficacy have not been established.


    Safety and efficacy have not been established.


    topical cream

    • 12.8%/5.91%
    • 15%/1%
    • 15%/10%
    • 30%/8%
    • 30%/10%

    topical lotion

    • 20%/6%

    transdermal patch

    • 10%/3%
    • 10%/1.5%

    aerosol foam

    • 10%/3%

    aerosol spray

    • 10%/3%

    balm topical

    • 29%/7.6%

    stick topical

    • 30%/10%