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Camphor/menthol (On the skin)

Camphor (KAM-for), Menthol (MEN-thol)

Treats minor aches and pains in muscles and joints due to arthritis, backache, strains, or sprains.

Brand Name(s):

Biofreeze, DermaSarra, Freeze It, Freeze It Feet, Freeze It Xtreme, Men-Phor, Mentholatum, Orthogel, Sarna, Soltice Quick-Rub, Sombra, Sombra Natural Pain Relieving, Sore No More, Tiger Balm, Tiger Balm Arthritis Rub

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to menthol or camphor.

How to Use This Medicine:

Cream, Stick, Lotion, Gel/Jelly, Ointment

  • Use this medicine only on your skin. Rinse it off right away if it gets on a cut or scrape. Do not get the medicine in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you use this medicine.
  • Apply a thin layer of the medicine to the affected area. Rub it in gently.
  • Do not cover the treated area with a bandage unless directed by your doctor.
  • Do not use this medicine with a heating pad or device unless your doctor tells you to.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist or doctor how to dispose of the medicine container and any leftover or expired medicine.
  • Keep all medicine away from children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Do not put cosmetics or skin care products on the treated skin.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have sensitive skin.
  • Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Skin rash, itching, redness, or swelling.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Return of your symptoms a few days after they have cleared up.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 11/4/2014
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