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Top 8 Arthritis Cream Products

Active Ingredients in Arthritis Cream Soothes Pain

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Updated May 31, 2014

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.

1. Zostrix Arthritis Cream

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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2. 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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3. Aspercreme

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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4. 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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5. Sportscreme

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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6. 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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7. 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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8. Osmoflex

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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