Thera-Gesic (Topical application)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 30, 2023.
Uses for Thera-Gesic
Menthol and methyl salicylate combination topical is used to relieve minor pain caused by arthritis, simple backache, bruises, cramps, muscle strains, or sprain. This medicine is a topical analgesic.
This medicine is available without a prescription.
Before using Thera-Gesic
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of menthol and methyl salicylate topical in children younger than 12 years of age. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of menthol and methyl salicylate topical in geriatric patients.
Interactions with Medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Allergy to aspirin or salicylates—Use with caution. May make this condition worse.
Related/similar drugsacetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, Tylenol, Paracetamol
Proper use of Thera-Gesic
It is very important that you use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may cause unwanted side effects or skin irritation.
This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina. Do not apply to wounds, or broken, damaged, or irritated skin. Rinse it off right away if it does get on these areas.
Follow the instructions on the medicine label if you are using this medicine without a prescription.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
- Apply a thin layer of this medicine to the affected area of the skin. Rub it in gently.
- Do not bandage tightly, or apply heat (eg, heating pads) or a medicated patch to the treated skin area. Do not expose the treated skin area to direct sunlight.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For topical dosage forms (balm, cream, and stick):
- For relief of minor pains:
- Adults and children 12 years of age and older—Apply to the affected area of the skin not more than 4 times a day.
- Children younger than 12 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For relief of minor pains:
If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Precautions while using Thera-Gesic
If your or your child's symptoms do not improve for more than 7 days, or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
Check with your doctor right away if you or your child have a skin rash, burning, stinging, swelling, or irritation on the skin.
Side Effects of Thera-Gesic
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Incidence not known
- Blistering, burning, itching, pain, redness, or swelling of the skin where the medicine is applied
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
- Analgesic Balm
- Bengay Original
- Buckley's Pain Relief Rub
Chemical Class: Salicylate, Non-Aspirin
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