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Topical Products for Muscle, Joint Pain May Cause Burns: FDA

Posted 14 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 14 – Over-the-counter pain relievers designed to be rubbed into the skin – such as Bengay and Icy Hot – could cause skin injuries in rare cases, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning. If you experience burning pain or blistering after using the products, the FDA says, you should seek medical attention right away. The agency said it has received reports about severe skin injuries in people who use topical products to treat muscle and joint pain. Other products include Capzasin, Flexall, and Mentholatum. People have developed mild to severe chemical burns, some within a day after using a product just one time. Some burns were so severe that some people needed to be hospitalized, the FDA said. "There's no way to predict who will have this kind of reaction to a topical pain reliever for muscles and joints," Dr. Jane Filie, a medical officer in the FDA's division ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Over-The-Counter Topical Muscle and Joint Pain Relievers: Drug Safety Communication - Rare Cases of Serious Burns

Posted 13 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

ISSUE:  FDA is alerting the public that certain over-the-counter (OTC) products that are applied to the skin for the relief of mild muscle and joint pain have been reported to cause rare cases of serious skin injuries, ranging from first- to third-degree chemical burns, where the products were applied. When applied to the skin, the products produce a local sensation of warmth or coolness.These products should not cause pain or skin damage, however, there have been rare cases of serious burns following their use. Some of the burns had serious complications requiring hospitalization BACKGROUND: OTC topical muscle and joint pain relievers are used to temporarily relieve minor muscle and joint aches and pain. These OTC topical muscle and joint pain relievers are available as single- or combination-ingredient products that contain menthol, methyl salicylate, or capsaicin, and are marketed ... Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Capsaicin, Menthol, Icy Hot, Capzasin, Zostrix, Methyl Salicylate, Capzasin-HP, Capzasin-P, Icy Hot PM, Banalg, Analgesic Balm, Boroleum, Drs Cream, VapoRub, LOCABIOTAL, Capzasin Back and Body, Deep Down Pain Relief, Pain Stick Sports Formula, Banalg Hospital Strength

Pain Patches Making Gains in U.S.

Posted 22 Jan 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 21 – Americans suffering from muscle pain are used to taking a pill or rubbing in a cream to help soothe their aches. But a new form of pain relief seems to be catching on: analgesics delivered through a medicated patch placed directly where it hurts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the country's first over-the-counter, pain-relieving transdermal patches in 2008. But the patches, marketed under the brand name Salonpas, are nothing new. They've been sold in various countries in Asia since the 1930s, according to their manufacturer, the Japanese firm Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical. "Salonpas is the Western world catching up with Asia," said Dr. Rick Rosenquist, a professor of anesthesia and director of pain medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and chairman of the American Society of Anesthesiologists' committee on pain medicine. "If you are ... Read more

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