Methyl Salicylate + Menthol + Camphor

Indications

This cream is indicated for the fast relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints e.g., Simple Backache, Arthritis, Strains, Bruises and Sprains.

Pharmacology

This cream is a specially formulated Methyl salicylate, Menthol and Camphor cream. It penetrates into skin to provide fast relief from pain and stiffness of minor arthritis and muscle aches. It alleviates pain and inflammation by inhibiting the synthesis of prostaglandins that occur in inflamed tissues. Methyl salicylate has been shown that first pass metabolism exists in the skin and rapidly hydrolyzing salicylate ester to release the active salicylate in both epidermis and dermis. Menthol increases the penetration of drugs when applied on the skin to give a faster onset of action. It dilates the blood vessels causing a sensation of coldness followed by an analgesic effect. Camphor is a stimulant, used topically to increase local blood flow and as a 'counterirritant', which reduces pain & swelling. When in combination with other ingredients like menthol, methyl salicylate, it becomes ideal for neuralgia and other painful areas.

Dosage & Administration

Adults and children (12 years of age and older): Apply to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times daily.

Children under 12 years of age: Use on advice of a physician.

Interaction

There are no known drug interactions and none well documented.

Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to salicylate or any of its ingredients.

Side Effects

Redness or irritation may occur, especially in persons with sensitive skin.

Pregnancy & Lactation

This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.

Precautions & Warnings

For external use only. Do not use-
  • on wounds or damaged skin
  • with a heating pad
  • on a child under 12 years of age with arthritis-like conditions.

Therapeutic Class

Topical anti-inflammatory preparations

Storage Conditions

Keep in a dry place away from light and heat. Keep out of the reach of children.