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Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.


(METH-ill-sal-ISS-ill-ate AND MEN-thall)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): BenGay, Icy Hot, Mentholatum Deep Heat


This is used to relieve pain of muscle aches and sprains, rheumatism, arthritis and similar conditions.

How To Use

This medication is for use on the skin only. Do not use on scraped, irritated or broken skin. To use, apply a thin layer to the affected area and rub in gently. Do not cover with a tight bandage or use with a heating pad as this may cause skin damage. Avoid use near the eyes and mucous membranes. Wash hands thoroughly after applying.

Side Effects

Redness or irritation may occur, especially in persons with sensitive skin. If this continues or skin becomes itchy, swollen or you develop a rash, notify your doctor. If applied to large areas or broken skin, the medication may be absorbed. Notify your doctor if you experience: ringing in the ears, nausea or vomiting. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor if you have: other illnesses, allergies (especially to aspirin or aspirin-like drugs). This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including: blood thinners. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.


If the condition for which this was prescribed does not appear to improve after 7 to 10 days, notify your health care professional.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as remembered and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) as directed. Keep this and all medication out of the reach of children.