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Brand names: ActivICE (menthol topical), Aspercreme Heat Pain Relieving Cream, Biofreeze Blue Gel, Flexall
Drug class: Topical rubefacient

What is Max Freeze? 

Menthol can be man-made or is made from extracts of oil mint. Menthol is a cooling agent that can be applied to the skin. This helps relieve pain from tissues beneath the skin. Max-Freeze is used for temporary relief from minor arthritis or backache pain, muscle or joint or pain or painful bruises. Menthol is available in many different brands and forms.

This leaflet does not list all brands. This medication guide does not list all possible uses of Max-Freeze.

Side effects of Max Freeze

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your lips, face, tongue or throat. Max-Freeze can cause serious side effects. If you experience severe irritation, burning, stinging or redness after taking this medication, discontinue use immediately. Pain, swelling or blisters where the medicine is applied. You may experience less serious side effects, or none at all. There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.


Please read all instructions on the label or package of your medication. Inform your healthcare provider about your medical conditions, your allergies, and the medicines you are using.

Before you take this drug

If you've ever experienced a reaction, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether Max-Freeze can be used if you had aspirin (or salicylate) medicine.

Consult your doctor before taking this medication if you're pregnant or nursing. Avoid applying menthol in areas where a nursing infant's mouth may be exposed. Consult a doctor prior to using this medication on a child aged 12 or younger.

How to take Max Freeze?

First step is to follow the doctor's process and prescription. Take only by mouth. Topical medicines are only to be used on the skin. Use only on the skin. Do not apply to open wounds, broken or irritated areas. If this medicine accidentally gets into your eyes or mouth, rinse with water. Please read and follow all instructions for use that come with your medication.

If you find difficulty understanding instructions contact the pharmacist. After applying the medicine, wash your hands. Apply the medication to a small area of skin to see how it reacts. Avoid using a heating pad or a bandage to cover the treated skin. Menthol may cause a mild burning or cold sensation.

This should diminish over time as you continue to use it. If the sensation is severe, wash your skin with soap and warm water. If your symptoms don't improve or worsen after seven days of treatment, call your doctor. Call your doctor if you experience pain that goes away, but then returns within a couple of days. Store at room temperatures. When not in use, keep the medicine tightly sealed.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Max-Freeze can be used whenever needed. You are unlikely to miss a dosage.

What happens if I overdose?

Overdoses of menthol are not dangerous. If anyone accidentally swallows the medication, seek emergency medical care or call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Rinse your mouth and eyes with water if you accidentally get this medication in your nose or mouth. Use only menthol to treat the area you are treating.

Interaction with other drugs

Other drugs that you take are unlikely to affect the medicine applied on your skin. Many drugs interact with one another. Inform your healthcare providers of all the medicines you take, including prescriptions and over-the counter medicines, vitamin and herbal products.