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Bengay, spelled Ben-Gay before 1995, is an analgesic heat rub used to temporarily relieve muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis, bruises, simple backaches, sprains and strains. Bengay is not designed for use on damaged skin. It was developed in France by Dr. Jules Bengué, and brought to America in 1898. The name Bengué was anglicized to Bengay. It was originally produced by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson.


Bengay is used topically for adults and children 12 years of age and older, and no more than 3 to 4 times daily. The company's official website advises that users not bandage tightly or use it with a healing pad. [1]

Active ingredients[edit]

The active ingredients vary by the version of the product.

Methyl salicylate can be toxic if the cream is used in excess.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bengay Official Website". 
  2. ^ "Sports cream warnings urged after teen's death". Associated Press. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 

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