Ralgex heat spray

How does it work?

Ralgex heat spray contains two active ingredients: glycol monosalicylate and methyl nicotinate.

Glycol monosalicylate has anti-inflammatory and painkilling actions. Methyl nicotinate is a counter-irritant, which when applied to the skin, works by causing redness and heat to be produced. This distracts the brain from the original pain and therefore reduces perception of the pain.

This combination of medicines, in the form of a spray, is used to provide fast relief of muscular and rheumatic pain, and stiffness. The medicine is absorbed rapidly into the skin from the spray and massage is not required.

What is it used for?

  • Muscle pain and stiffness, eg backache, fibrositis, sciatica and rheumatic pain.

Warning!

  • Follow the instructions for use provided with the spray. Shake the spray well before use. Always use the spray sparingly, as overuse can cause discomfort.
  • This medicine is for external use only.
  • Avoid inhaling the spray and getting it in the eyes.
  • Do not apply to the head and neck, or to broken or sensitive areas of skin.
  • Use the spray on a small area of skin first to check for sensitivity.
  • Your skin may be more sensitive to this spray from day to day, and is likely to be more sensitive after taking a hot bath or shower, or in hot weather.

Use with caution in

  • People with sensitive skin.

Not to be used in

  • People allergic to salicylates, eg aspirin.
  • Children under five years of age.

This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.

  • The safety of this spray for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been fully established. The manufacturer states that it may be used with caution, but that as with all medicines, you should consult your doctor before using it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Side effects

Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect:

  • Skin irritation.
  • Rash.

The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

How can this medicine affect other medicines?

This medicine is not known to affect other medicines.

Other medicines containing the same active ingredient

There are currently no other medicines available in the UK that contain this combination of active ingredients.