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Dosing & Uses

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Dosage Forms & Strengths

methylsalicylate/menthol

topical cream

  • 12.8%/5.91%
  • 15%/1%
  • 15%/10%
  • 30%/8%
  • 30%/10%

topical lotion

  • 20%/6%

transdermal patch

  • 10%/3%
  • 10%/1.5%

aerosol foam

  • 10%/3%

aerosol spray

  • 10%/3%

balm topical

  • 29%/7.6%

stick topical

  • 30%/10%
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Analgesia for Minor Muscle/Joint Pain

Balm/cream/stick/spray/foam: Apply liberal amount topically to affected area and massage

Patch (10%/1.5%): Apply 1 patch to affected area not to exceed three/four times daily; leave in place no more than 8 hr

Patch (10%/3%): Apply 1 patch to affected area and leave in place for up to 8-12hr; not to exceed 1 patch/application; may apply a second patch for up to 8-12 hr; not to exceed 2 patches/24 hr or 3 days of use

Dosage Forms & Strengths

methylsalicylate/menthol

topical cream

  • 12.8%/5.91%
  • 15%/1%
  • 15%/10%
  • 30%/8%
  • 30%/10%

topical lotion

  • 20%/6%

transdermal patch

  • 10%/3%
  • 10%/1.5%

aerosol foam

  • 10%/3%

aerosol spray

  • 10%/3%

balm topical

  • 29%/7.6%

stick topical

  • 30%/10%
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Analgesia for Minor Muscle/Joint Pain

<12 years: Safety and efficacy not established

≥12 years

  • Balm/cream/stick/spray/foam: Apply liberal amount topically to affected area and massage
  • Patch (10%/1.5%): Apply 1 patch to affected area not to exceed three/four times daily; leave in place no more than 8 hr
  • Patch (10%/3%): Apply 1 patch to affected area and leave in place for up to 8-12hr; not to exceed 1 patch/application; may apply a second patch for up to 8-12 hr; not to exceed 2 patches/24 hr or 3 days of use
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Adverse Effects

Frequency Not Defined

Stinging/burning/tingling sensation of skin

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Warnings

Contraindications

Hypersensitivity

Cautions

Topical use only

Avoid eyes

Avoid using over large surface area or for prolonged duration, particularly in young children (risk of salicylism)

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Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy category: C

Lactation: unknown

Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should seek advice of health professional before using OTC drugs

Pregnancy Categories

A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

NA:Information not available.

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Pharmacology

Mechanism of Action

Anti-inflammatory, analgesia, local anesthesia

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