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Ben-Gay, more recently spelled Bengay, is an analgesic heat rub used to relieve muscle and joint pain. It was developed in France by Dr. Jules Bengué, and brought to America in 1898. It orginally produced by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare who was acquired by Johnson & Johnson.

Active Ingredients

The active ingredients vary by the version of the product.

  • Bengay: Original contains 15% Methyl Salicylate and 10% Menthol
  • Bengay: Muscle Pain/Ultra Strength contains 30% Methyl Salicylate, 10% Menthol, and 4% Camphor.
  • Bengay: Ice Extra Strength contain 10% menthol.
  • Bengay: Muscle Pain/No Odour contains 15% Triethanolamine Salicylate.
  • Bengay: Arthritis Extra Strength 30% Methyl Salicylate and 8% Menthol.

It should be noted that methyl salicylate can be toxic if the cream is used in excess.[1]

See also


  1. ^ “Sports cream caused teen's death”,, retrieved June 9, 2007

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