Daily OTC Pearl: Aspercreme 10%

Trolamine salicylate is a pain-relieving compound closely related to aspirin, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

OTC/Lifestyle Pearl of the Day: Aspercreme 10%

Indication: Trolamine salicylate is used to treat minor aches and pains of the muscles/joints, such as arthritis, backache, sprains.

Insight:

  • Aspercreme belongs to a class of drugs known as salicylates.
  • Trolamine salicylate is a pain-relieving compound closely related to aspirin, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
  • Aspercreme is for use on the skin only. Patients should know to not get this medication in their eyes, inside the nose or mouth, or inside the vagina.
  • Apply the medication to the affected area no more than 3 to 4 times a day. Rub in gently and thoroughly. After applying the medication, wash hands.
  • Do not apply this medication on broken or irritated skin. Do not bandage or tightly wrap the affected area or apply heat to the area.
  • Adverse effects may include blistering/peeling/redness/irritation at the application site, nausea/vomiting, and ringing in the ears.
  • Aspercreme products contain the maximum percentage of lidocaine currently approved for OTC use.Versions containing lidocaine include Lidocaine cream, Lidocaine patch, Lidocaine spray, and Lidocaine liquid roll-on.

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