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Methyl salicylate/Menthol/Camphor

  • Overview


Information specific to: Methyl salicylate/Menthol/Camphor.

About Methyl salicylate/Menthol/Camphor and how it works

This medicine helps relieve the symptoms of a cold, catarrh, congestion, muscle aches, pains, sprains, and strains, as well as minor skin conditions. It contains three ingredients which relieve pain: methyl salicylate, menthol and camphor. Menthol and camphor also help relieve stuffiness in the nose and make breathing easier.

This medicine is available as an ointment which may be either applied on to the skin or the ointment can be added to hot but not boiling water and the vapours inhaled. You should leave the areas of skin on to which you have applied this medicine uncovered or cover them loosely.

Before you begin treatment with this medicine, it is important you carry out a patch test to check how your skin reacts to this medicine.

Consult your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse during treatment with this medicine.

Before using Methyl salicylate/Menthol/Camphor

This medicine may not be suitable for everyone and some people must never have it. Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine to make sure that the medicine is suitable before having it.

Always get advice from a healthcare professional before having this medicine if this medicine is for someone who:

  • is allergic or sensitive to or has had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • is allergic or sensitive to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen
  • is a child under one year of age
  • has or has had asthma
  • is planning to apply this medicine on to skin that is broken or is delicate

Medicines interactions

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. Before taking this medicine consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines including vitamins, mineral supplements and herbal or complementary preparations.

The following medicines may interact with this medicine:

  • coumarin anticoagulants such as warfarin

Possible side effects of Methyl salicylate/Menthol/Camphor

Most medicines can cause some side-effects but not everyone having the same medicine will get the same side-effects.

The following side-effects have been associated with people having this medicine:

  • skin reactions such as redness, burning sensations and rashes - stop using this medicine if you get irritation or any discomfort of the skin

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are trying to become pregnant, are pregnant, or are breast-feeding, you should seek medical advice before having this medicine.

Other important information

Make sure that you read the leaflet that comes with your medicine to check what dose you should apply and if there is anything that you need to do if you apply more than the recommended dose. If you are in any doubt about whether this medicine is suitable for you, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

This medicine is for external use only. Keep this medicine away from your eyes and other sensitive areas. Wash your hands immediately after applying this medicine.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

This medicine may be available under brand names including:

Mentholatum Vapor rub

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