|Product type||Analgesic heat rub|
|Owner||Johnson & Johnson|
|Produced by||Johnson & Johnson|
|Country||Developed in France by Dr. Jules Bengué|
Bengay, spelled Ben-Gay before 1995, is a topical analgesic heat rub for temporary relief from muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis, bruises, simple backaches, overuse, sprains and strains.
Bengay was developed in France by Dr. Jules Bengué (French pronunciation: [ʒyl bɛ̃ɡe]) and brought to America in 1898. The name Bengué was Anglicized and commercialized to Ben-Gay (later Bengay). It was originally produced by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson. The product is advised to be used topically for adults and children 12 years of age and older, and no more than 3 to 4 times daily. The manufacturer recommends storing it between 20°C and 25°C (68°F and 77°f).
Bengay and similar products variously containing menthol, methyl salicylate, and capsaicin as active ingredients, such as Flexall, Mentholatum, Capzasin and Icy Hot, have a potential to cause first-to-third-degree chemical burns. Some people have been hospitalized after receiving such burns.
Active ingredients vary by product version, including:
- Bengay: Original – 18.3% methyl salicylate and 16% menthol.
- Bengay: Muscle Pain/Ultra Strength – 30% methyl salicylate, 10% menthol, and 4% camphor.
- Bengay: Ice Extra Strength – 10% menthol.
- Bengay: Muscle Pain/No Odor – 15% triethanolamine salicylate.
- Bengay: Arthritis Extra Strength – 30% methyl salicylate and 8% menthol.
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