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OTC Topical Pain Relievers

Over-the-counter (OTC) topical pain relievers are very commonly used for the relief of tight muscles, pain from strains and sprains and to relieve other various aches. They contain menthol, methyl salicylate and capsaicin and can come in the form of creams, lotions, ointments or patches.

Popular brands include:

  • Bengay
  • Capzaslin
  • Flexall
  • Icy Hot
  • Mentholatum

Thought to be perfectly safe, these topical pain relievers may cause mild to severe chemical burns. In September 2012, the FDA released a safety announcement warning of the risk for chemical burns which may involve irritation, burning and even blistering. Some cases have led to the development of complications requiring hospitalization.

The most dangerous of these products — those responsible for second- and third-degree burns — are those containing menthol in concentrations greater than 3% and methyl salicylate in concentrations greater than 10%.

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Currently there is no requirement for drug companies to include a warning about the potential for chemical burns on the label of these products. Because of this, many people using these seemingly harmless products have experienced extremely painful and potentially disfiguring chemical burns.

If you or a loved one used an OTC topical pain reliever and experienced chemical burns, you have a right to compensation for your injury. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer can help.

Contact us today by calling (888) WITZER-6 for a free, no-obligation consultation.


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