Medically reviewed on March 22, 2018
What is Tiger Balm?
Camphor is a mild pain reliever.
Menthol is either manmade or made from the extracts of mint oil. Menthol provides a cooling sensation when applied to the skin.
Tiger Balm (for the skin) is a combination medicine used to relieve minor muscle or joint pain. This medicine may also be used as a chest rub to soothe chest congestion and relieve cough caused by the flu or common cold.
Tiger Balm 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 for you to use this medicine if you have sensitive skin.
Do not use this medicine on a baby or young child without a doctor's advice.
Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
How should I use Tiger Balm?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.
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 use on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin. 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 Tiger Balm 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 Tiger Balm?
Do not take by mouth. Camphor and menthol is for use only on the skin. Do not use this medicine on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin.
If this medication gets in your eyes, nose, or mouth, rinse with water.
Tiger Balm 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 this medicine 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.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Tiger Balm?
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.
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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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