Salonpas is a local over-the-counter pain reliever


Salonpas is an FDA approved patch for the relief of mild to moderate pain caused by arthritis and other causes. It contains many topical medications to treat inflammation. Although it can be purchased without a prescription, it is best to check with your doctor before using Salonpas to make sure it is the best option for you.

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Salonpas patches are manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Hisamitsu. The Salonpas pain relief patch was approved by the FDA for the US market in 2008. Since then, a variety of Salonpas products (six patches, a cream, a gel, a liquid, and an aerosol spray ) have been introduced. However, the arthritis-specific patch was discontinued.

The salonpas are made of a thin elastic fabric that contains two active ingredients that act together as local pain relievers: menthol (3%) and methyl salicylate ( 10%). A single patch is reported to be effective for 8 to 12 hours.

How does it work

As a local pain reliever, Salonpas should only be used topically. The patch is transdermal, which means that after removing the base, the patch is applied to the painful area and then the medicine is absorbed through the skin.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, topical medications can be effective in reducing inflammation caused by arthritis, which in turn can relieve pain. Salonpas reduces proteins in joint fluid that cause inflammation.

You should only wear one patch at a time and it should be left on for 8 to 12 hours. If you still have pain, you can remove the patch and apply another. The instructions indicate that you should not use more than two patches a day and no more than three days in a row.


Salonpas is indicated for the relief of mild to moderate muscle and joint pain. It is often recommended for arthritis, back pain, sprains, and strains. Only for people over 18 years old .

Warnings and cautions

While Salonpas does not require a prescription, it is not entirely safe for everyone. It is very important to read the label before using the product and to speak with your healthcare professional. Your medical history may indicate that these patches are not suitable for you.

Gastric bleeding: Because Salonpas contains methyl salicylate, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID ), there is a risk of stomach bleeding . This risk may be higher in people over the age of 60 and in those with a history of bleeding problems or who are taking blood thinners or corticosteroids. Interactions with oral NSAIDs (eg, Naproxen , ibuprofen ) or alcohol are also possible.

Skin irritation – Any topical medication can cause skin irritation and Salonpas is no exception. It should not be applied to the face, rashes, wounds or other skin damage. If you notice any new skin irritation, stop using the patch.

Allergies: If you are allergic to aspirin, NSAIDs, or other topical products, do not use Salonpas without consulting your healthcare professional.


Salonpas is not recommended for those who:

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Salonpas may be a good alternative if you have arthritis and need to treat inflammation, but are intolerant or inappropriate to oral medications. Salonpas, like any medication, is associated with possible side effects, but less than with oral NSAIDs. However, you should check with your doctor before trying any new products or treatments.

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