Counterpain is useful for relieving sore muscles or joint pain due to sprains , injuries, or arthritis . Co u nterpain is available in the form of cream, gel, and patch (patch) . 

Counterpain contains methyl salicylate, menthol, and eugenol. This drug works by causing a cooling sensation followed by a warm feeling on the skin. This way of working will help relieve pain.

Counterpain products

There are 4 types of Counterpain products available in Indonesia, namely:

  • Counterpain Cream Analgesic Balm
    Counterpain cream contains the active ingredients methyl salicylate , eugenol, and menthol. This product is packaged in a cream dosage form.
  • Counterpain Cool Gel
    Counterpain cool gel contains active ingredients This product is packaged in a gel dosage form.
  • Counterpain PXM
    Counterpain PXM contains the active ingredients piroxicam , methyl salicylate, menthol, and eugenol and is packaged in a gel dosage form. Different from other types of Counterpain that are sold over the counter, Counterpain PXM can only be used with a doctor's prescription.
  • Counterpain Patch
    Counterpain Patch contains the active ingredients glycol salycylate, l-menthol, tocopherol acetate, dl-camphor. For the Counterpain Patch Hot variant, it does not contain dl-camphor, but there is additional or nonanoic acid vanillyamide.
    As for the Counterpain Patch S variant, it contains l-menthol, dl-camphor, and methyl salicylate. This product is packaged in the form of a patch or patch.

What is Counterpain

Active Ingredients Methyl salicylate , menthol, eugenol
class Over-the-counter and prescription drugs
Category Pain reliever
Benefit Relieves muscle pain and joint pain
Used by Mature
Methyl salicylate in Counterpain for pregnant and lactating women Category C: Methyl salicylate in animal studies has shown adverse effects on the fetus, but there are no controlled studies in pregnant women.

Drugs should only be used if the expected benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

It is not yet known whether the ingredients in Counterpain can be absorbed into breast milk. If a nursing mother wants to use Counterpain, consult a doctor first to make it safer.

Drug form Cream, gel, patch

Precautions Before Using Counterpain

Before using counterpain, you need to pay attention to the following points:

  • Do not use Counterpain if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this product. If you are in doubt, consult your doctor first.
  • Use Counterpain only on the skin. Do not use Counterpain on broken or irritated eyes, mouth, nose, or skin.
  • Counterpain contains menthol. Consult your doctor about using products containing methyl salicylate if you have asthma or nasal polyps .
  • Talk to your doctor about using Counterpain if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning a pregnancy.
  • Avoid using Counterpain on areas of skin that have just been shaved or just after a shower.
  • While using Counterpain, you should not use a tanning bed or compress the area that has been smeared with Counterpain with a warm compress.
  • Immediately see a doctor if an allergic drug reaction occurs after using Counterpain.

Dosage and Instructions for Use of Counterpain

Apply Counterpain cream or gel to the sore muscles or joints 3-4 times a day. Meanwhile, the Counterpain Patch can be affixed to the affected body part, a maximum of 4 times a day.

How to Use Counterpain Correctly

Follow your doctor 's instructions or the instructions listed on the package when using Counterpain. Use Counterpain according to the recommended dosage. Do not increase the dose without consulting your doctor first.

Apply Counterpain cream or gel to the painful area while gently rubbing it. After that, wash the hands used to apply Counterpain so you don't feel hot. If necessary, wear rubber gloves to avoid getting the heat from Counterpain on your palms.

If Counterpain is applied to the hands, wait at least 30 minutes before washing your hands. If you are putting in contact lenses after applying Counterpain, wash your hands first.

If you have sensitive skin, avoid using the Counterpain Patch repeatedly in the same place. For the hot variant of Counterpain Patch, it is recommended to remove the patch or patch 1 hour before bathing to avoid irritation.

Immediately consult a doctor, if muscle or joint pain does not subside after 7 days of use.

Store Counterpain in a dry place and avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Keep this drug out of reach of children.

Counterpain Interactions with Other Drugs

It is not yet known what interactions between drugs will definitely occur if Counterpain is used with other drugs. However, the methyl salicylate in Counterpain when used with blood thinners, such as warfarin  can increase the risk of bleeding. To be safe, consult your doctor first if you are going to use Counterpain with other medicines.

Counterpain Side Effects and Dangers

Counterpain rarely causes side effects if used as directed. However, in some people the methyl salicylate, menthol, and eugenol contained in it can cause side effects, such as skin redness, burning sensation, or burning of the skin.

Check with your doctor if these side effects don't go away or get worse. Also, stop using the product and see a doctor immediately if you experience an allergic drug reaction after using Counterpain.

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