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    Methyl Salicylate

    Information about Methyl Salicylate

    Methyl salicylate uses

    Methyl Salicylate is used in muscle pain and rheumatic pain.

    How methyl salicylate works

    Methyl Salicylate is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) which works by blocking the release of certain chemical messengers that cause pain and inflammation (redness and swelling).

    Common side effects of methyl salicylate

    Application site irritation
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    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
    MMST, MBBS
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    Dr. Ashish Ranjan
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    18 Feb 2020 | 05:21 PM (IST)
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      Expert advice for Methyl Salicylate

      • It should not be taken by patients who are allergic to methyl salicylate or any of the ingredients of the topical cream/gel/lotion/ointment/spray.
      • Do not apply methyl salicylate to open wounds, or sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or otherwise irritated skin.
      • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after applying methyl salicylate. If you have applied the medicine to your hands or fingers to treat pain in those areas, wait at least 30 minutes before washing your hands.
      • Do not apply on eyes, mouth, nose, genitals or rectum, and avoid touching these areas after applying medication to affected area and before washing your hands.
      • Do not cover treated skin with a bandage or heating pad, which can increase the burning sensation. You may cover the skin with clothing.
      • Do not apply this immediately after shaving or bathing.
      • Avoid getting this medication on dentures, contact lenses or any other thing that comes in contact with sensitive parts of the body.
      • Consult your doctor if your pain does not improve after using this medication for 7 days, or if your symptoms get worse or get better and then come back in a few days.

      Frequently asked questions for Methyl Salicylate

      Methyl Salicylate

      Q. Is methyl salicylate the same as aspirin or menthol?

      Methyl salicylate is not the same as aspirin or menthol. Methyl salicylate belongs to the same class of medication like aspirin i.e. analgesics or painkiller

      Q. How does Methyl Salicylate work?

      Methyl Salicylate relieves pain by inhibiting formation of pain causing chemicals in the body

      Q. Does it work as a blood thinner or kill bacteria?

      It is not a blood thinner and does not kill bacteria

      Q. Is Methyl Salicylate an active ingredient?

      Methyl Salicylate is one of the active ingredients of some pain relief topical cream/ gel/ lotion/ ointment/ spray

      Q. Is Methyl Salicylate safe?

      Methyl Salicylate is safe when used for an indication and at a dose instructed by doctor. It has local side-effects like cold or burning sensation at the site of application.

      Content on this page was last updated on 18 February, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)