Generic name: camphor and menthol topical (KAM for and MEN thol TOP ik al)
Brand name: Anti-Itch Steroid Free, Arctic Relief, Avedana Pain Relieving Roll On, Fast Freeze, Freeze It, Men-phor, Mentholatum Ointment, Rhuli Gel, Sarna, Theraflu Vapor Stick, Tiger Balm
Drug class: Topical rubefacient
What is Mentholatum Ointment?
Camphor is a mild pain reliever. Menthol provides a cooling sensation when applied to the skin.
Mentholatum Ointment (for the skin) is a combination medicine used to relieve minor muscle or joint pain. Mentholatum Ointment may also be used as a chest rub to soothe chest congestion and relieve cough caused by the flu or common cold.
Mentholatum Ointment may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe to use if you have sensitive skin.
Do not use Mentholatum Ointment on a baby or young child without a doctor's advice.
Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How should I use Mentholatum Ointment?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.
Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin. Do not use on open wounds or on sunburned, windburned, dry, or irritated skin. Rinse with water if this medicine gets in your eyes or mouth.
Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medicine.
For your first use, apply only to a small skin area to test how your skin reacts to the medicine.
Camphor and menthol can cause a burning or cold sensation, which is usually mild and should lessen over time with continued use. If this sensation causes significant discomfort, wash the skin with soap and water.
Do not cover treated skin with a bandage or expose it to heat from a hot tub, heating pad, or sauna.
Do not apply this medicine within 1 hour before or 30 minutes after you take a bath or shower.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if you have a fever with a headache, or a skin rash. Also call your doctor if you still have pain, or if the pain goes away and then comes back within a few days.
Store at room temperature. Keep the medicine tightly closed when not in use.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since Mentholatum Ointment is when needed, you are not likely to miss a dose.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of camphor and menthol is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
What should I avoid while using Mentholatum Ointment?
If this medication gets in your eyes, nose, or mouth, rinse with water.
Mentholatum Ointment side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Mentholatum Ointment and call your doctor at once if you have:
severe burning, stinging, or irritation after using this medicine; or
breathing problems after using this medicine on the chest or throat.
Less serious side effects may be 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.
What other drugs will affect Mentholatum Ointment?
Medicine used on the skin is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
More about camphor / menthol topical
- Patient Information
- Camphor and Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment
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- Camphor and Menthol Patch
- Camphor, Capsicum, and Menthol Patch
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