Biofreeze, made mainly of menthol derived either from mint oil or produced synthetically, is a substance that offers a cooling sensation when applied to the skin. This property makes it effective in alleviating pain in the tissues situated beneath the skin.
Menthol topical solutions are commonly used to provide temporary relief for a range of conditions, including minor arthritis pain, backaches, muscle or joint pain, and painful bruises.
Uses and Dosage
If you are using an over-the-counter product for self-treatment, carefully read and follow all instructions on the product package before using the medication.
If your doctor has prescribed this medication, be sure to use it according to their directions.
This medication is intended for topical use only. Apply it to the affected area no more than three to four times per day.
If using cream, gel, or liquid formulations, apply the medication gently and thoroughly. Some liquid formulations may need to be shaken before use. Allow the medication to dry completely before allowing others to touch the treated area.
After applying the medication, wash your hands unless you are using it to treat your hands. Avoid contact with your eyes, nose, or mouth. If contact occurs, rinse the affected area with plenty of water.
Do not apply the medication to serious burns or deep wounds. Do not tightly wrap or bandage the affected area, as this may increase the risk of side effects. You may cover the area loosely to protect clothing.
Heat can increase the risk of side effects, so avoid applying this medication before, during, or after activities that raise skin temperature, such as bathing, swimming, or heavy exercise. Wait until your skin has cooled before using the medication. Do not use sunlamps, tanning beds, hot water bottles, or heating pads/devices on the treated area.
If your condition persists for more than seven days, worsens, or recurs, please inform your doctor.
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- difficult breathing
- swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
- evere burning, stinging, redness, or irritation after using this medicine
- pain, swelling, or blistering where the medicine was applied
Prior to using this product, inform your physician or pharmacist of any known allergies to menthol or other substances. Inactive ingredients present in this product may trigger allergic reactions or other related complications.
Before taking this medication, disclose your medical history to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
If you are pregnant, the use of this medication should only be considered if it is absolutely necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits of the medication with your doctor.
It is uncertain whether this medication passes into breast milk. Consult with your healthcare provider before nursing your infant.
Form and Strength
Biofreeze Gel is available in the following forms and strengths:
Biofreeze Gel gel:
- topical application
Who should not use Biofreeze?
People with open wounds, broken skin, or irritated skin.
Does Biofreeze relax your muscles?
There are reported healing effects from cooling the skin and relaxing muscles and joints. Biofreeze uses the principle of cryotherapy.