Menthol Topical

Reviewed on 9/9/2021

What Is Menthol Topical Used For and How Does it Work?

Menthol topical is an over-the-counter (OTC) product used for pain relief (analgesia) for minor muscle and joint pain.

Menthol topical is available under the following different brand names: Bengay Cold Therapy, Icy Hot Naturals, Icy Hot Advanced Relief Patch, Salonsip Gel Patch, Aspercreme Heat Pain Relieving Gel, Aspercreme Max, Bengay Zero Degrees, Mentholatum Sports Pain Relief Cold, and Gold Bond Foot Powder.

Dosages of Menthol Topical

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Topical Gel

  • 2.5%
  • 5%
  • 7%
  • 10%
  • 16%

Topical Cream

  • 7.5%
  • 16%

Topical Solution

  • 16%

Topical Spray

  • 16%

Transdermal Patch

  • 1.25%
  • 5%
  • 7.5%
  • 16%

Topical Powder

  • 1%

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Analgesia for Minor Muscle/Joint Pain

  • Apply liberal amounts of cream/gel topically to affected area and massage
  • Apply patch to affected area every 12 hours
  • Safety and efficacy not established in pediatric patients

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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Menthol Topical?

Side effects of Menthol Topical may include:

  • Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Stinging/burning/tingling sensation of skin

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Menthol Topical?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

  • Menthol topical has no listed severe interactions with other drugs.
  • Menthol topical has no listed serious interactions with other drugs.
  • Menthol topical has no listed moderate interactions with other drugs.
  • Menthol topical has no listed mild interactions with other drugs.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Menthol Topical?

Warnings

This medication contains Menthol Topical. Do not take Bengay Cold Therapy, Icy Hot Naturals, Icy Hot Advanced Relief Patch, Salonsip Gel Patch, Aspercreme Heat Pain Relieving Gel, Aspercreme Max, Bengay Zero Degrees, Mentholatum Sports Pain Relief Cold, or Gold Bond Foot Powder if you are allergic to menthol topical or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Contraindications

  • Hypersensitivity

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available.

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Menthol Topical?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Menthol Topical?"

Cautions

  • Topical use only
  • Avoid eyes

Pregnancy and Lactation

Use menthol topical with caution during pregnancy if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies are not available or neither animal nor human studies were done.

It is unknown whether menthol topical is distributed in breast milk. Use caution while breastfeeding.

Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should seek advice of healthcare professional before using over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/bengay-cold-therapy-icy-hot-naturals-menthol-topical-999672

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