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Salonpas patch or Ben Gay rub

01/22/2007

Question:

Hi, My pregnant wife is 27 weeks pregnant. She has back ache and we are wondering if using Salonpas patch or Ben Gay have any effect on baby or mom. Thanks and your immediate respond is greatly appreciated. Regards,

Answer:

Both of these medications contain methyl salicylate that is safe in small amounts. I would consult your physician before using any medication during pregnancy.

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Response by:

Arthur T Ollendorff, MD Arthur T Ollendorff, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati