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Camphor, Lidocaine, and Salicylate Methyl (topical)

What are camphor, lidocaine, and methyl salicylate?

Camphor can be used for mild pain relief. Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic (numbing drug). It acts by blocking the signals from nerves in your body. Methyl salicylate is an anti-inflammatory non-steroidal drug (NSAID) within a class of medicines known as salicylates (sa-LIS-il-ates). Camphor, lidocaine, and methyl salicylate work by reducing the amount of substances that trigger inflammation and pain.

Camphor, lidocaine, and salicylate topical (for your skin) are combination medications that provide short-term relief of moderate to mild discomforts and aches in joints and muscles. The medicine can be prescribed for pain that is caused by muscle stiffness or bruising, arthritis, strains, sprains and strains, or backaches, as well as bruised or sore muscles.

Camphor, lidocaine, and methyl salicylate can be used to treat conditions that are not covered in this guide.

Side Effects of Camphor and Lidocaine, and Methyl salicylate 

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling of your lips, face, or tongue,

Take off the patch of skin and seek medical attention immediately in the event that you exhibit indications of an attack or stroke: chest pain that is spreading to your shoulder or jaw; sudden weakness or numbness in one part of your body; speech slurring; feeling breathless.

The risk of adverse side effects is low in the event that camphor, lidocaine, and methyl salicylate are applied to the skin; however, it could happen in the event that the medicine is absorbed into the bloodstream.

This medication could cause severe adverse reactions. Stop taking this medicine and contact your doctor immediately if you experience:

  • An increase in the muscles discomfort;
  • Skin itching, rash, itching, or irritation
  • A feeling of lightheadedness, as if you're passing out;
  • A new or worsening stomach ache a new or worsening stomach pain
  • Symptoms of stomach bleeding, such as bloody or tarry stool,  vomiting blood, or vomit that resembles coffee grounds.

This is not a comprehensive list of all the side effects. Others could happen. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow the directions on the medicine label and the package. Inform your health professionals about your medical issues, allergies, and the medicines you are taking.

Before you take this drug 

Camphor, lidocaine, and methyl salicylate are all methyls that are NSAIDs. A NSAID may increase the risk of a fatal cardiac attack as well as stroke, especially if you have been taking it for a long time or have a heart condition. Even those who do not have heart risk factors or heart disease could suffer a heart attack or stroke when using an NSAID.

Don't use this medication prior to or following heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG). An NSAID can also trigger stomach or intestinal bleeding, which could be fatal. These problems can develop in a matter of minutes when you are taking an NSAID, particularly in older adults. This medication is for you if you have an allergy to lidocaine, camphor, and/or methyl salicylate.

Consult a pharmacist or doctor to determine if this medication is suitable for you if you previously had:

  • Hypertension (or heart attack)
  • A stomach ulcer or bleeding issue;
  • An habit of drinking three or more alcohol-related drinks in a day;
  • Kidney disease;
  • An allergy to any skin products
  • An allergic reaction to an NSAID (aspirin, Ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib, meloxicam, naproxen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, and more).

Consult a physician before taking this medication if you're breastfeeding or pregnant.

Utilising methyl salicylate during the final 3 days of pregnancy can harm the unborn baby or cause bleeding to the mother or baby during the birth. This medication is not approved to be used by anyone less than 12 years of age.

How to take Camphor, Lidocaine, and Methyl Salicylate?

Use only as indicated on the label or as directed by your doctor. This medication comes in the form of a patch that is applied to the skin. Keep the patch out of your nose, mouth, and eyes. Cleanse your hands prior to applying a patch to your skin and after taking it off.  Take note of and follow the instructions that are included in your medication. Consult your physician or pharmacist if you don't understand these directions.

Don't apply the patch to open wounds, sunburned damaged skin, or windburned skin with irritation. Don't apply the patch to your face or sexual organs. Don't wear more than one patch on your skin at one time. Using extra skin patches won't make the medication more effective and may increase the chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

It could take many hours before you experience relief from pain when wearing the patch on your skin. Take off the skin patch after 8–12 hours and substitute it for a fresh one, if necessary. Contact your physician if your symptoms don't improve or if they become worse when you take this medication.

After removing the skin patch, fold it in half, put the sticky side in, and then dispose of it in a location where pets and children cannot reach it. Keep skin patches that are not used at room temperature away from the elements of heat, moisture, and direct sunlight. Place each patch in the foil pouch until it is ready for use. Once you have opened the pouch, you must apply the patches to your skin after 7 days.

What happens If I miss the dose?

Because camphor, lidocaine, and methyl salicylate are employed when required, it is possible that you are not on a prescribed dosage schedule. Do not miss any doses in the event that it's nearing the time to take the next dose. Don't use more than two skin patches within a 24-hour period.

What happens If I overdose?

Get medical attention immediately or contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 in the event that a child has inserted the skin patch in their mouth.

What should be avoided?

Do not expose your skin to the heat of the heated pad, hot tub, or sauna. Heating could increase the amount of the drug that is absorbed by your skin and cause adverse effects. Rinse thoroughly with water if medicine is absorbed into your eyes.

Interaction with other drugs 

Consult a physician or pharmacist prior to using any other medication, particularly:

  • diuretic or "water pill";
  • A blood thinner - warfarin, Coumadin, or Jantoven;
  • NSAID—aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, Meloxicam, and many others.

This list isn't complete. Other drugs can interact with camphor, lidocaine, or methyl salicylate. This includes medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Some interactions with drugs are not listed here. are listed here.