This information is intended for use by health professionals
Tiger Balm Red
Camphor 11.0%w/w, Levomenthol 10.0%w/w, Cajuput Oil 7.0%w/w and Clove Oil 5.0%w/w.
For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.
For the temporary relief of muscular aches and pains.
Tiger balm red is indicated in adults and children aged 2 years and older.
Adults and children aged 2 years and older:
Method of administration
To be rubbed gently on the affected parts of skin as necessary (usually 2 to 3 times daily).
Not to be used on children under 2 years of age.
Hypersensitivity to the active substances or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.
Do not use on children under two years of age
For external use only. Wash hands immediately after use. Do not apply to wounds, damaged or irritated skin, discontinue use if irritation develops. Avoid contact with the eyes, mucous membranes or other tender areas. Do not bandage tightly. If symptoms persist after two weeks, a doctor should be consulted.
Instruct patients not to smoke or go near naked flames - risk of severe burns. Fabric (clothing, bedding, dressings etc) that has been in contact with this product burns more easily and is a serious fire hazard. Washing clothing and bedding may reduce product build-up but not totally remove it.
Avoid excessive use during pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse reactions reported from extensive post-marketing experience are tabulated below by System Organ Class and frequency. The following convention has been utilised for the classification of undesirable effects: Very common (≥1/10), common (≥1/100 to <1/10), uncommon (≥1/1,000 to <1/100), rare (≥1/10,000 to <1/1000), very rare (<1/10,000), not known (cannot be estimated from available data).
System Organ Class
Adverse Drug Reaction
General disorders and administration site conditions
Burn at application site
May give rise to hypersensitivity reactions, including contact dermatitis.
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
Over dosage may result in skin irritation.
Swallowing of the ointment might cause gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting and diarrhoea. Treatment is symptomatic.
Acute poisoning was observed after significant accidental consumption, with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and headache, vertigo, feeling hot / flushing, convulsions, respiratory depression and coma.
Patients with severe gastrointestinal or neurological symptoms of poisoning should be observed and treated symptomatically. Do not induce vomiting.
Menthol and camphor have mild analgesic and rubefacient properties.
Cajuput oil is a mild counter irritant.
Clove oil is rubefacient and slightly analgesic with preservative properties.
Camphor and menthol are well absorbed when applied topically, and produce a local effect. The absorption properties of cajuput oil are not known but clove oil appears to be poorly absorbed.
Dementholised Mint Oil
Yellow Soft Paraffin
Tiger Balm has a shelf life of four years.
Do not store above 25°C.
Glass screw top jar containing 19g or 30g of Tiger Balm Red, or slip lid tin containing 4 or 8g of Tiger Balm Red. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Omega Pharma Ltd.
32 Vauxhall Bridge Road
LONDON, SW1V 2SA
Date of first authorisation: 20th August 1996