Menthol is an organic compound made synthetically or obtained from corn mint, 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 also acts as a weak kappa opioid receptor agonist.
Menthol is an ancient herbal medicine used by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians to rapidly cool painful flare-ups in your muscles and tendons. It’s why when you use a menthol-containing cream you instantly feel cool relief to aching muscles.
What’s more, menthol actually tricks the body with its cooling touch. Menthol sends a cooling pleasing sensation to your brain that thwarts the stinging heat of inflammation. Menthol then acts fast to increase the blood flow by widening the blood vessels to reduce inflammation and pain.
Relieving minor pain caused by conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, muscle strains or sprains, backache, bruising, and cramping. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Menthol cream is a topical analgesic. It works by temporarily relieving minor Pains.
Do NOT use menthol cream if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in menthol cream
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
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All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with menthol cream. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); redness or irritation at the application site.
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