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Generic Name: menthol topical (oral mucous membrane) (MEN thol TOP ik al (OR al MYOO kus MEM brane))
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What is menthol topical?

Menthol is a substance that occurs naturally in mint plants. Medicinal menthol is either manmade or made from the extracts of mint oil. Menthol provides a cooling sensation when applied to the skin or other tissues (such as the tongue, gums, or inside the cheeks).

Menthol topical oral mucous membrane (inside the mouth) is used to treat minor sore throat pain, or mouth irritation caused by a canker sore.

Menthol topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about menthol topical?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to menthol.

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Menthol topical should not be given to a child younger than 5 years old.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using menthol topical?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to menthol.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • cough with mucus;

  • cough caused by smoking, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis; or

  • a sore throat with fever, headache, swelling, skin rash, or nausea and vomiting.

It is not known whether menthol topical will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without medical advice if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether menthol topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without medical advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Menthol topical should not be given to a child younger than 5 years old.

A menthol lozenge may contain glucose (sugar). Talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you have diabetes.

How should I use menthol topical?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not swallow the menthol lozenge whole. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth without chewing.

Use a new lozenge every 2 hours or as needed.

Call your doctor if your sore throat is severe or continues for longer than 2 days, especially if you also have a fever, headache, skin rash, swelling, or nausea and vomiting.

Stop using and call your doctor if you have a cough that does not improve after 7 days of treatment.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since menthol topical is used as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking menthol topical?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Menthol topical side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect menthol topical?

There may be other drugs that can interact with menthol topical. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about menthol topical.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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