What is Methyl salicylate topical?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Absorbine Jr.

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Methyl salicylate topical (Oil of Wintergreen, or Wintergreen Oil) is a salicylic acid derivative that is irritant to the skin and is used topically in rubefacient preparations (products believed to relieve pain by a counterirritant effect).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Arthritis pain 2 2
Pain 2 2
Back pain 1 2
Rheumatoid arthritis 1 2
Spondyloarthropathy 1 2

  • 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 1
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methyl salicylate topical

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methyl salicylate topical

Dosage Patients
- as needed 1

Duration

Currently taking Methyl salicylate topical

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Methyl salicylate topical.