Menthol - topical

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Menthol is used on its own or together with other medicines for temporary relief of minor pain in the muscles and joints (such as sprains, strains, cramps).
How do I use this medicine?
Use this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may stop using Menthol when you have no more pain.

Menthol is available on its own or together with other medicines as a cream, lotion, gel, ointment, foam, stick, spray or as a patch.

If using the cream, lotion, gel, ointment, foam or stick, apply to the affected area and massage gently. Avoid the eyes, nose and mouth. Do not apply to broken skin or wounds.

If you are using cream, ointment, gel, stick, or lotion, follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Clean and dry affected area before application.
  3. Massage gently on the skin. Do not cover, wrap or bandage the area unless instructed by the doctor.
  4. Wash your hands after using.
  5. Replace the cap of the tube.
If you are using foam or spray, follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Spray it directly onto the skin.
  3. Massage gently on the skin until it disappears. Do not cover, wrap or bandage the area unless instructed by the doctor.
  4. Wash your hands after using.
If you are using patch, follow these steps:
  1. Remove the patch from the protective foil pouch and peel away half of the liner. Do not touch the sticky side with your fingers.
  2. Apply the patch to a clean, dry, and hairless area on the part of your body where the pain is. Make sure that the area of skin is not oily, cut, blistered or irritated. The skin should be free of any powder, creams or lotions. If the area of skin is hairy, you should shave the area at least 3 days before you apply the patch. Do not put the patch near the waistline or where your belt or clothes may rub against it.
  3. Peel away the other half of the liner. Press firmly on the skin for 20-30 seconds to ensure that the patch stays on the skin.
  4. If this patch falls off, apply a new patch and change the patch at the usual scheduled time. If the sides of the patch lift up, use a plaster or bandage to secure it to your skin.
  5. Throw away the used patch by folding the sticky sides together, put back in empty pouch, and place it in a rubbish bin. Do not throw it into the toilet bowl. Wash your hands after throwing the used patch.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not apply Menthol to wounds, damaged or irritated skin.

Avoid contact with your eyes and mucous membranes.

Menthol may be used in combination with medicines not suitable for children below 12 years old. Please read the information included with the product before use.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Do not cover the area which the medicine is applied to with tight fitting bandages or heat the area with a heating pad.

The medicine in its various forms can be flammable. Avoid exposure of the medicine to fire and flames.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What side effects could I experience?
Menthol may cause any of the following side effect: skin irritation, itching and stinging sensation at the application site.

Menthol may be used in combination with painkillers. Do not use such medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Menthol or painkillers such as aspirin.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Available products containing Menthol may vary with its storage requirements. Ask your doctor or pharmacist on how to properly store this medicine.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on menthol - topical and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2020 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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