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Product name: BENGAY ® (BENGAY ® )

Active substance: menthol, methyl salicylate

Type: Preparation with local irritant and analgesic action

Manufacturer: JOHNSON & JOHNSON (Russia) manufactured by JANSSEN-CILAG (France)
Composition, form of production and packaging
The cream for external use is white, homogeneous, with a characteristic odor.
1 g

methyl salicylate 150 mg

Racetentol 100 mg

Excipients: stearic acid, glyceryl monostearate, lanolin anhydrous, sorbitan trioleate (polysorbate 85), sorbitan tristearate (span 65), trolamine (triethanolamine), purified water.

50 g - aluminum tubes (1) - packs of cardboard.


Description of the drug approved by the manufacturer for the printed edition of 2012.


Preparation with local irritating and analgesic action.
It causes muscle relaxation, increases blood flow, facilitates the removal of irritating metabolic products (primarily lactic acid), allows you to increase the duration of exercise and improves their tolerability.
The irritating effect of racemetol helps reduce pain.
The local action is accompanied by the expansion of the vessels, causing a sensation of cooling, turning into a feeling of slight burning and tingling, followed by an analgesic effect.
Methylsalicylate is an anti-inflammatory analgesic.
Nonselectively inhibits cyclooxygenase, reducing the synthesis of prostaglandins. Normalizes the increased permeability of capillaries, improves microcirculation processes, reduces edema and infiltration of inflamed tissues. Provides only local action.

With external application, the concentration of racemetol in the systemic circulation is negligible.

Methyl salicylate, when applied externally, penetrates the tissues through unchanged skin, while analgesic concentration in the systemic blood flow is not achieved.Salicylates are excreted mainly by the kidneys;
the rate of excretion depends on the plasma concentration and pH of the urine.

- to reduce pain and stiffness in the joints and muscles in damage, sprains and inflammation;

- to reduce pain in the lower back;

- with myalgia (muscle pain) before and after sports.


The necessary amount of cream (2-4 g, which corresponds to 4-8 cm of cream) is applied to the painful area and rubbed. The cream is quickly absorbed through the skin. If necessary, the procedure is repeated every few hours (up to 3-4 times / day) for 10 days.

In rare cases, hypersensitivity to the drug develops.

Racetenol can cause allergic reactions, which manifestation is hyperemia, itching, urticaria, skin rash, as well as angioedema.
The actual number of side effects with external application of racemenol is low.
Methyl salicylate can cause severe local irritation.


- violation of the integrity of the skin and inflammatory

skin diseases at the site of application;

- children's age till 12 years;

- pregnancy (III trimester);

- Hypersensitivity to any component of the drug.

Caution should be given to the drug during pregnancy (I-II trimester), during lactation (breastfeeding), with intolerance to salicylates.


Contraindicated in the III trimester of pregnancy.
With caution should prescribe the drug in the I-II trimester of pregnancy.
When entering the systemic circulation, salicylates penetrate the placental barrier and into the milk of lactating women and can adversely affect the fetus, especially in the third trimester of pregnancy (eg, cause premature closure of the ductus arteriosus or prolonged delivery).
Although local methylsalicylates are not expected to increase their plasma concentrations to levels that are dangerous to the fetus, when deciding whether to prescribe the drug during pregnancy and during breastfeeding, the expected potential benefit of the drug for the mother and the potential risk for the fetus or the baby.

Contraindicated in children under 12 years.


The drug is intended for external use only.

Do not use with warming compresses.

If skin irritation occurs, discontinue use.

Avoid contact with eyes, mucous membranes, skin irritation.

The patient should be informed that if the pain persists for 10 days or more and the cream does not cause relief, it is necessary to consult a doctor.

A cross-allergy to other salicylates is possible.

The patient should be informed that if the drug has become unusable or has expired, then do not throw it into sewage or into the street.
It is necessary to place the drug in a bag and put it in a garbage container. These measures will help protect the environment.
Impact on the ability to drive vehicles and manage mechanisms

The drug does not affect the ability to drive and control machinery.


Overdose of menthol and methyl salicylate was observed in some cases, mainly in children, with the occasional ingestion of drugs containing these substances.

Overdosing with external application is rare and only when the drug is misused (applying to mucous membranes, to large areas of damaged or infected skin).

Symptoms of methyl salicylate overdose: excitation, increased depth of breathing, hyperpyrexia.

Symptoms of an overdose of racemetol:
nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting and symptoms of CNS depression such as dizziness, unstable gait, flushing of the face, drowsiness, respiratory depression and coma.
Treatment: symptomatic and supportive;
correction of electrolyte and water balance, the appointment of absorbents and salt laxatives, forced diuresis, external cooling of the body; in severe cases - blood transfusion, hemodialysis.

The drug causes flushing of the skin and reflexively enhances blood circulation in the subcutaneous tissue, so the joint application with other topical preparations can lead to an increase in their absorption.

Patients susceptible to acetylsalicylic acid, with external use of methyl salicylate, had skin allergic reactions, as well as angioedema.


The drug is approved for use as a means of OTC.


The drug should be stored out of reach of children at a temperature of no higher than 25 ° C.
Shelf life - 2 years.
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