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Menthol is an ingredient found in many topical and oral preparations as both a flavoring, counterirritant, mild local anesthetic. It is used for minor pain and cold symptoms. Menthol is a compound derived from mint plants, typically peppermint oil. Other sources of menthol include spearmint and corn mint.
Because menthol is available in combination products, it should be applied as directed on the packaging.
First, apply a thin layer of product to the affected area. Gently rub the skin to allow the product to be absorbed. Afterward, thoroughly wash your hand with soap and water.
In addition, avoid touching your eyes, mucous membranes, or any open wounds. In case some product gets into these areas, quickly rinse it with clean, running water.
For mouthwashes and toothpastes, use about 20 mL of the solution or a pea-sized amount. Gently swish and gargle the mouthwash solution for 30 to 60 seconds. For toothpaste, gently brush your teeth using a toothbrush for 2 minutes. Do not swallow.
For lozenges, place one piece onto your tongue or cheek and allow it to dissolve slowly. Do not bite or chew the lozenge. In addition, avoid giving children lozenges as they mistake it for candy and it can be a choking hazard.
For oils, it may be necessary to mix the menthol in another liquid. Mix and drink the solution as directed.
Store at room temperature, away from moisture and direct sunlight. To prevent drug damage, you should not store it in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of this drug that may have different storage needs. Therefore, it is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush it down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Additionally, do not use it if expired. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you:
As with other medications, this drug may have side effects. However, most of side effects are uncommon and typically resolve after you stop taking the drug.
Potential side effects while using this drug include:
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This drug may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects.
To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist.
For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Menthol may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist regarding any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
Menthol may not be suitable for people with sensitive skin or wounds. This may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. Therefore, it is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this drug.
Menthol is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Menthol https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/menthol?mtype=generic Accessed January 25, 2021
Peppermint oil https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/peppermint%20oil?mtype=generic Accessed January 25, 2021