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Menthol Topical Dosage

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 19, 2019.

Applies to the following strengths: 7.4 mg; 2.5 mg; 2%; 1.4%; 4%; 5%; 0.15%; 6.5%; 8 mg; 2 mg; 1.7 mg; 3.3 mg; 1%; 10%; 16%; 0.5%; 7.5%; 7%; 9%; 1.25%; 7.6 mg; 1 mg; 4.5%; 2.5%; 6%; 8%; 3.5%; 10.5%; 3.7%

Usual Adult Dose for:

Usual Pediatric Dose for:

Additional dosage information:

Usual Adult Dose for Cough

Menthol 1.7 mg lozenge: Dissolve 3 lozenges (one at a time) slowly in the mouth every 2 hours as needed

Menthol 3.3 mg lozenges: Dissolve 1 to 2 lozenges (one at a time) slowly in the mouth every 2 hours as needed

Menthol 5.4 mg lozenges: Dissolve 1 lozenge slowly in the mouth every 2 hours as needed

Usual Adult Dose for Pain

Menthol 2.5% and 10% gel: Apply to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times a day

Menthol 2.5%, 4.5%, and 10% gel, and 5.138% stick: Apply to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times a day

Menthol 3.5% and 4% gel, 10% cream, and 5% gel roll-on: Apply a thin film to affected area not more than 4 times a day; massage not necessary

Menthol 3.7%, 6%, 8%, 10% and 10.5% spray, and 8% roll-on liquid: Spray/apply directly onto affected area with no need to rub, massage, or bandage, repeat as needed
Maximum dose: 4 applications per day

Menthol 7% and 16% gel, and 10% roll-on liquid: Apply generously to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times a day; massage into painful area until thoroughly absorbed

Menthol 10% cream: Apply a thin film to affected area not more than 4 times a day; massage not necessary

Menthol 5% patch: Apply 1 patch for up to 8 hours, repeat as needed for no more than 4 times a day

Menthol 7.5% patch: Apply 1 patch for up to 12 hours once a day

Menthol 16% patch: Apply 1 patch, repeat as needed no more than 3 times a day

Usual Adult Dose for Pruritus

Menthol 0.5% lotion: Apply to affected area up to 3 to 4 times daily

Menthol 1% powder: Apply freely to clean feet (over feet, between toes, on bottoms of feet, and in shoes) up to 3 to 4 times a day

Usual Pediatric Dose for Cough

Menthol 1.7 mg lozenge:
5 years and older: Dissolve 3 lozenges (one at a time) slowly in the mouth every 2 hours as needed

Menthol 3.3 mg lozenges:
5 years and older: Dissolve 1 to 2 lozenges (one at a time) slowly in the mouth every 2 hours as needed

Menthol 5.4 mg lozenges:
5 years and older: Dissolve 1 lozenge slowly in the mouth every 2 hours as needed

Usual Pediatric Dose for Pain

Menthol 2% gel:
2 years and older: Apply liberally to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times a day

Menthol 2.5%, 4.5%, 10% gel, and 5.138% stick:
12 years and older: Apply to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times a day

Menthol 3.5% and 4% gel, 10% cream, and 5% gel roll-on:
2 years and older: Apply a thin film to affected area not more than 4 times a day; massage not necessary

Menthol 3.7%, 6%, 8%, 10% and 10.5% spray, and 8% roll-on liquid:
12 years and older: Spray/apply directly onto affected area with no need to rub, massage, or bandage, repeat as needed
Maximum dose: 4 applications per day

Menthol 7% and 16% gel, and 10% roll-on liquid:
12 years and older: Apply generously to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times a day; massage into painful area until thoroughly absorbed

Menthol 10% cream:
12 years and older: Apply a thin film to affected area not more than 4 times a day; massage not necessary

Menthol 5% patch:
12 years and older: Apply 1 patch for up to 8 hours, repeat as needed for no more than 4 times a day

Menthol 7.5% patch:
12 years and older: Apply 1 patch for up to 12 hours once a day

Menthol 16% patch:
12 years and older: Apply 1 patch, repeat as needed no more than 3 times a day

Usual Pediatric Dose for Pruritus

Menthol 0.5% lotion:
2 years and older: Apply to affected area up to 3 to 4 times daily

Menthol 1% powder:
2 years and older: Apply freely to clean feet (over feet, between toes, on bottoms of feet, and in shoes) up to 3 to 4 times a day

Renal Dose Adjustments

Data not available

Liver Dose Adjustments

Data not available

Precautions

CONTRAINDICATIONS:
-Hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients
-Use only as directed
-Do not use internally, with heating pads or devices, or on wounds or damaged skin (menthol gel)

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 2 years; this drug is not recommended for use in these patients.

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

Dialysis

Data not available

Other Comments

Administration advice:
-Do not apply to wounds or damaged skin.
-Do not apply tight bandages or heat over the treatment area.
-Avoid contact with eyes.

Patient advice:
-Keep out of reach of children

Further information

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