Menthol Uses

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What is Menthol?

Relieving minor pain caused by conditions such as arthritis, backache, bruising, bursitis, cramping, muscle strains or sprains, and tendonitis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Menthol lotion is a topical analgesic. It works by temporarily relieving minor pain.

Menthol indications

infoAn indication is a term used for the list of condition or symptom or illness for which the medicine is prescribed or used by the patient. For example, acetaminophen or paracetamol is used for fever by the patient, or the doctor prescribes it for a headache or body pains. Now fever, headache and body pains are the indications of paracetamol. A patient should be aware of the indications of medications used for common conditions because they can be taken over the counter in the pharmacy meaning without prescription by the Physician.
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Oral

Nasal congestion; Throat irritation

Adult: As a loz (usually in combination with eucalyptus oil or cetylpyridinium chloride): 1 loz every 3 hr, to be sucked slowly.

Child: >6 yr: As a lozenge (usually in combination with eucalyptus oil or cetylpyridinium chloride): 1 lozenge every 3 hr, to be sucked slowly.

Topical/Cutaneous

Muscular aches and pains

Adult: As an ointment/cream (usually in combination with camphor, clove oil or methyl salicylate): Apply and rub gently onto the affected skin areas 2-3 times daily.

How should I use Menthol?

Use Menthol spray as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash your hands before and right after using Menthol spray.
  • Spray Menthol spray directly onto the affected area. Do not rub or massage the medicine into the skin.
  • Do not wrap, bandage, or use a heating pad on the treated area.
  • Do not apply Menthol spray more than 4 times daily.
  • If you miss a dose of Menthol spray, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor or on the package label.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Menthol spray.

Uses of Menthol in details

infoThere are specific as well as general uses of a drug or medicine. A medicine can be used to prevent a disease, treat a disease over a period or cure a disease. It can also be used to treat the particular symptom of the disease. The drug use depends on the form the patient takes it. It may be more useful in injection form or sometimes in tablet form. The drug can be used for a single troubling symptom or a life-threatening condition. While some medications can be stopped after few days, some drugs need to be continued for prolonged period to get the benefit from it.
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Menthol description

Menthol is a covalent organic compound made synthetically or obtained from peppermint or other mint oils. It is a waxy, crystalline substance, clear or white in color, which is solid at room temperature and melts slightly above. The main form of Menthol occurring in nature is (-)-Menthol, which is assigned the (1R,2S,5R) configuration. Menthol has local anesthetic and counterirritant qualities, and it is widely used to relieve minor throat irritation.

Menthol dosage

Oral

Nasal congestion; Throat irritation

Adult: As a loz (usually in combination with eucalyptus oil or cetylpyridinium chloride): 1 loz every 3 hr, to be sucked slowly.

Child: >6 yr: As a lozenge (usually in combination with eucalyptus oil or cetylpyridinium chloride): 1 lozenge every 3 hr, to be sucked slowly.

Topical/Cutaneous

Muscular aches and pains

Adult: As an ointment/cream (usually in combination with camphor, clove oil or methyl salicylate): Apply and rub gently onto the affected skin areas 2-3 times daily.

Menthol interactions

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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.

Menthol side effects

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What are the possible side effects of Menthol?

May cause hypersensitivity reactions such as cutaneous dermatitis. Ingestion of large amount of Menthol may cause GI effects such as severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, ataxia, drowsiness and coma.

Menthol contraindications

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What is the most important information I should know about Menthol?

Not to be used in

No known conditions.

This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Active ingredient matches for Menthol:

Menthol


Unit description / dosage (Manufacturer)Price, USD
Cool & heat patch$ 1.20
Icy hot medicated 5% patch$ 1.20
Bengay pain relieving patch$ 1.13
CVS Pharmacy pain relieving patch$ 1.11
Cold & hot pain rel patch$ 1.05
Nuprin muscle & joint patch$ 1.03
Mentholatum pain patch$ 0.93
CVS Pharmacy cold & hot medicated patch$ 0.89
Salonsip aqua-patch$ 0.69
Menthol crystal$ 0.49
Menthol cough drops$ 0.06
CVS Pharmacy menthol drops$ 0.03
Pv menthol cough drops$ 0.02
Menthol lozenge 5.8 mg/1 (Rite Aid (US))
Menthol oil .5 mg/50mL (Phytopia Co., Ltd. (US))
Menthol cream 8 g/100g (Amish Origins LLC (US))
Menthol powder 2.8 g/283g (Harmon Store Inc. (US))
Menthol powder 2.83 g/283g (Premier Brands of America Inc. (US))
Cool & heat patch$ 1.20
Cold & hot pain rel patch$ 1.05
Nuprin muscle & joint patch$ 1.03
CVS Pharmacy cold & hot medicated patch$ 0.89

List of Menthol substitutes (brand and generic names):

Spray; Topical; Menthol 1%
Pastilles; Oral; Menthol 6.1 mg
Mentopas 2's (Sin sin)$ 0.22
Mentopas 10's (Sin sin)$ 0.90
Menzza Ice 4 % x 25 g (Hoe)
Menzza Ice 4 % x 50 g (Hoe)
Molakrim 30 g x 1's (Molex ayus)$ 0.87
Gel; Topical; Menthol 5%
N Cool Eye 5 ml Drop (Adley Formulation)$ 0.48
Lozenges; Oral; Menthol
Nacmol Plus 30 gm Gel (Nestor Pharmaceuticals Ltd)$ 0.63
Nanoforte 30 gm Cream (Multicure (Laborate Pharmaceuticals India Ltd.))$ 0.87
Napco Gel 30 gm Gel (Helax Health Care)$ 0.67
Cream; Topical; Menthol 1.25%
Nbril 100 ml Syrup (N.B. Pharma)$ 0.03
Nbril 60 ml Syrup (N.B. Pharma)$ 0.03
New Ventisol 100 ml Expectorant (Yash Pharma International)$ 0.04
Nilbro 100 ml Syrup (Aknil Biotech)$ 0.03
Niphac Drop (Health Guard (India) Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.07
NT Kof 100 ml Syrup (New Times Pharmaceuticals)$ 0.03
NT Kuf 60 ml Syrup (Hauz Pharma Pvt Ltd)$ 0.06
Nutuss A 100 ml Syrup (Dr Alson Laboratories Pvt Ltd)$ 0.03
O Cool Eye 10 ml Drop (Oyster Labs Limited)$ 0.04
Gel; Topical; Menthol 3% (Mentholatum)
Octaryl 100 ml Syrup (Octavius Pharma)$ 0.04
Oligel Cream 30 gm Cream (Karnataka Antibiotics & Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)$ 0.63
Omini Gel 10 gm Gel (Cipla Limited)$ 0.32
Omini Gel 30 gm Gel (Cipla Limited)$ 0.59
Onhist 60 ml Expectorant (Icon Pharma & Surgicals Pvt. Ltd)$ 0.02
OOX DM 100 ml Syrup (Aamorb Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd)$ 0.03
Ora G Mouth/Throat 15 ml Gum Paint (Pharma Synth Formulations Ltd.)$ 0.54

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