Methyl salicylate topical (for the skin) is used for temporary relief of muscle or joint pain caused by strains, sprains, arthritis, bruising, or backaches.
Methyl salicylate topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Wash the skin and get medical attention right away if you have severe burning, pain, swelling, or blistering of the skin where you applied this medication.
Less serious side effects may include a mild cold or burning sensation.
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Make sure your skin is clean and dry before you apply methyl salicylate topical. Do not apply methyl salicylate to open wounds, or to skin that is sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or otherwise irritated. When using methyl salicylate topical cream, gel, lotion, oil, ointment, or spray: apply a thin layer to the affected area and rub in gently until completely absorbed. To use the liquid or stick, uncap the applicator and press it firmly on your skin to apply the medication. Massage gently onto the affected are until completely absorbed. To apply a methyl salicylate topical skin patch, remove the liner and apply the patch to your skin over the area of pain. Press the edges firmly into place. Remove the patch and apply a new patch 1 or 2 times daily if needed.