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Methyl Salicylate

Used for: Pain relief
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What is Methyl Salicylate for?

Methyl Salicylate is a derivative of salicylic acid which provides pain relief when applied topically. It can be used to ease muscle pains and joint aches. It is available in creams, lotions, ointments or patches. Methyl salicylate patches are only suitable for adults.

How to use it?

If you are using Methyl Salicylate cream, lotion or ointment, gently put a thin layer 3-4 times daily on the affected skin. Rub your skin to speed up the absorption. If you are using a patch, place only one patch for 8-12 hours daily. Avoid putting any forms of Methyl Salicylate directly on broken skin or right after a shower. Do not apply the medication around your mouth, nose and eyes as this may cause skin irritation.

What are the side effects of Methyl Salicylate?

The common side effects of Methyl Salicylate include skin irritation, redness, rashes and burning sensation.

Who should not take Methyl Salicylate?

  • Anyone who is allergic to Methyl Salicylate, NSAIDs including Aspirin, other salicylates, or any part of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

  • Do not use more than one product containing Methyl Salicylate at the same time.
  • Do not use more than one patch each time.
  • Do not apply any heat pad after using the drug.
  • Stop using Methyl Salicylate and seek medical advice if it causes any skin injury or sensitivity, such as pain, swelling, blistering, or rash.

Common dosing schedule:
No specific dosing schedule regarding meals.


This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.


Some common medications Methyl Salicylate may interact with:

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Methyl Salicylate in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Methyl Salicylate is an over-the-counter medicine which can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.


For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Methyl Salicylate in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

Brands in Hong Kong
Muscle Rub
Available dosage
  • 50% (Ointment)
  • 10.20% (Cream)
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Sub class
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
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