counter-irritant (Major drug group)

January 2002
Royal Society of Medicine: Medicines;2002, p175
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This article presents information on the counter-irritant preparations called rubefacient. The drug causes a feeling of warmth and offset the pain from underlying muscle and joints or viscera when rubbed in topically to the skin. Some are rubbed onto the gums where they have a local anaesthetic or local analgesic actions. A number of them are aromatic or volatile oils.


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