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Trolamine Salicylates Topicals (Aspercreme, BenGay, Sportscreme)

Trolamine salicylate topical cream products like Aspercreme, BenGay and Sportscreme contain trolamine salicylate, a chemical similar to aspirin. The FDA lists these drugs as safe, but not necessarily effective for pain relief. Trolamine salicylates are available over-the-counter. The makers claim salicylates seep into the skin to help relieve arthritis pain.
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Topical arthritis creams, for relief of minor arthritis and muscle pain, can be purchased over-the-counter in your drugstore.

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Rub on skin creams for injuries: real relief or just quackery?
Can something that you rub on your skin really help your muscles and joints? Although these rub-on skin creams often smell and feel good to athletes, skin cream critics claim that not enough of a skin cream's active ingredient (usually trolamine salicylate) can actually work its way through the skin to reach deeper areas, from Sports Injury Bulletin.

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