How do trolamine salicylate and methyl salicylate differ?

Both trolamine salicylate and methyl salicylate are found in over-the-counter analgesic creams. Trolamine salicylate is the active ingredient in Aspercreme, Myoflex and others. Methyl salicylate is found in Menthoderm, Thera-Gesic Plus and others. Both drugs can temporarily ease minor pain. Trolamine salicylate is typically used for joint or muscle pain. Methyl salicylate is typically used to alleviate arthritis and back pain, as well as bruises that have not broken the skin, sprains and strains.

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