Methyl salicylate/ menthol cream

Generic Name: methyl salicylate/menthol (METH-il sa-LIS-i-late/MEN-thol)
Brand Name: Trade names include Menthoderm and Thera-Gesic Plus

Methyl salicylate/ menthol cream is used for:

Temporary relief of minor aches and pains caused by arthritis, simple backache, strains, sprains, and bruises. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Methyl salicylate/menthol cream is a topical analgesic. It works by temporarily relieving minor pain.

Do NOT use methyl salicylate/ menthol cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in methyl salicylate/menthol cream, including oil of wintergreen

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using methyl salicylate/ menthol cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with methyl salicylate/menthol cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have had an allergic reaction to aspirin or other salicylates
  • if you have a wound at the affected area or your skin is broken or damaged in any way

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with methyl salicylate/menthol cream. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by methyl salicylate/menthol cream

Ask your health care provider if methyl salicylate/menthol cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use methyl salicylate/ menthol cream:

Use methyl salicylate/menthol cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Apply a thin layer of medicine to the painful or sore area. You may apply up to 3 thin layers of medicine depending on your pain level. Check with your doctor or the package label if you have questions about how to apply methyl salicylate/menthol cream.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using methyl salicylate/menthol cream.
  • You may wash the treated area once the medicine has been absorbed into the skin.
  • Do not apply methyl salicylate/menthol cream to wounds or damaged skin.
  • Do not use methyl salicylate/menthol cream right after you shower or take a bath.
  • Do not bandage, wrap, or cover the affected area until after the medicine has been absorbed and you have washed the area.
  • Do not use methyl salicylate/menthol cream more than 3 to 4 times per day.
  • If you miss a dose of methyl salicylate/menthol cream, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor or on the package label.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use methyl salicylate/menthol cream.

Important safety information:

  • Methyl salicylate/menthol cream is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, ears, lips, mouth, or genital area. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water.
  • Do not use a heating pad after you apply methyl salicylate/menthol cream.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use more often than directed without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use methyl salicylate/menthol cream over large areas of the body without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not allow methyl salicylate/menthol cream to come into contact with clothing or any surface other than skin.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 7 days, if they get worse, or if they clear up and then return, check with your doctor.
  • Methyl salicylate/menthol cream may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Methyl salicylate/menthol cream should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old without first checking with the child's doctor; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using methyl salicylate/menthol cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if methyl salicylate/menthol cream is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use methyl salicylate/menthol cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of methyl salicylate/ menthol cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with methyl salicylate/menthol cream. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); skin redness or irritation.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of methyl salicylate/menthol cream:

Store methyl salicylate/menthol cream at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep methyl salicylate/menthol cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about methyl salicylate/menthol cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Methyl salicylate/menthol cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take methyl salicylate/menthol cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about methyl salicylate/menthol cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to methyl salicylate/menthol cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using methyl salicylate/menthol cream.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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