What is Muscle Rub?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Muscle Rub is used for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with simple backache, arthritis, strains, bruises and sprains. Active ingredients include menthol and methyl salicylate.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Muscle and joint pain 8 4
Muscle aches 4 4
Pain 4 3
Fibromyalgia 1 2
Knee inflammation 1 0
Muscle spasms in legs 1 1

Show all 9 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
0
Mild
0
None
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Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Muscle Rub

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Muscle Rub

Dosage Patients
1other as needed 1
1tsp. as needed 1
3-5-15% as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Muscle Rub

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 2
Other 1
See all 3 patients who've stopped taking Muscle Rub

Duration

Currently taking Muscle Rub

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Muscle Rub

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 4
Not specified 1
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2 patient evaluations for Muscle Rub

Jul 20, 2010 (Started Jul 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I'm currently using Deep Heat and I have to say it's not as warming as it used to be but it still seems to take most of the pain away after a while. Makes the house smell like my grandma's which is not too much of a bad thing in my opinion!
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mar 25, 2010 (Started Sep 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle aches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I find that the BEST muscle rub on the market (in my humble opinion...and I've taken most of them!) is "FREEZE IT." It works like a charm. It can be pricey, though, especially if you use it as directed (4 times a day) and over a large area, like I have to use it. The other rubs that use heat are also good for a cheaper price.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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