Popular Arthritis Cream Products

Active Ingredients in Arthritis Cream Soothes Pain

Topical arthritis cream products are preparations applied to the skin. Many of the arthritis cream products can be purchased over-the-counter. Effective for soothing minor arthritis and muscle pain, some of the arthritis cream products contain the active ingredient salicylate, while others are based on the pain-relieving effect of capsaicin or menthol.

Zostrix Arthritis Cream

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Research has shown this arthritis cream works by reducing levels of substance P, a chemical involved in transmitting pain impulses to the brain. When applied to the surface of the skin, it has a pain-relieving effect. Active ingredient in Zostrix is capsaicin.

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Bengay Arthritis Cream

An arthritis cream which has passed the test of time. Active ingredients found in this arthritis cream are methyl salicylate and menthol.

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Temporarily relieves minor pain associated with arthritis, simple backache, muscle strains, and muscle sprains. Active ingredient in this cream is trolamine salicylate.

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Icy Hot

Topical arthritis formula has dual action - gets icy to dull the pain and then gets hot to relax it away. Fast, long-lasting pain relief for sore muscles, backache, muscle cramps, and joint pain. Active ingredients are methyl salicylate and menthol.

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Provides fast, temporary relief from minor pain associated with sore muscles, muscle strain, and stiffness. This cream does not smell like medicine. Active ingredient is salicylate.

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Tiger Balm

Has a soothing action that relieves muscular aches and joint pain. Active ingredients include camphor, menthol, cajuput oil and clove oil.

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Mineral Ice

Cool, greaseless, pain relieving gel penetrates deep to provide fast, temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints. Active ingredient is menthol.

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Osmoflex is a topical analgesic menthol cream that uses a liposomal delivery system for the relief of minor aches and pains.


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