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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. Not supposed to be applied to 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. Don't bandage tightly [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]


When applied to skin, Bengay may cause 1st to 3rd degree chemical burns. If you experience signs of skin injury such as pain, swelling, or blistering of the skin, stop using the product and seek medical attention immediately. This risk is increased if Bengay is used immediately after a bath/shower. It is advised to wait at least 30 minutes after bathing before applying the cream.[3]


Store between 20⁰ and 25⁰C (68⁰ and 77⁰F).[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bengay Official Website". 
  2. ^ "Sports cream warnings urged after teen's death". Associated Press. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  3. ^ "Rare Cases of Serious Burns With the Use of Over-the-Counter Topical Muscle and Joint Pain Relievers". FDA Drug Safety Communication. 2012. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 

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