What is Icy Hot?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs


See also: Icy Hot Extra Strength

IcyHot is a topical analgesic heat rub meant for relieving pains such as arthritis, backache, muscle strains, sprains, bruises, and cramps. Active ingredients include menthol and salicylate. It is available in various preparations for topical use.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 17 3
Stiffness/Spasticity 5 2
Muscle spasms 3 3
Burning sensation between shoulders 2 1
Improve mobility 2 2
Fibromyalgia 1 0

Show all 16 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 1
Mild 1
None 6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Icy Hot

Side effect Patients
Rash or skin problems 2
Too strong sense of smell (hypersensitivity to smells) 1


Based on patients currently taking Icy Hot

Dosage Patients
1 app daily 1
7.5% as needed 1
as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Icy Hot

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 4
Course of treatment ended 1
Expense 1
Other 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 7 patients who’ve stopped taking Icy Hot


Currently taking Icy Hot

Duration Patients
1-3 months 1
2 years or more 3

Stopped taking Icy Hot

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

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Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I have:

See expastrychef's full Icy Hot history

Nov 28, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • side effects
    Mild (Rash or skin problems)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 app Daily
Advice & Tips: I keep a stick and a gel by my bed to use when I am getting up or going to bed, they are convenenient because it doesn't get on your hands. I also carry some in a plastic zip bag whenever I go out. Complements baclofen very well.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Rash or skin problems

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