Liniments are liquid or semi-liquid preparation meant for application to the skin.
- The liniments are usually applied to the skin with friction and rubbing of skin (on the affected area).
- The liniment may be an alcoholic or oily solution or emulsion.
- In alcoholic preparation, alcohol helps in the penetration of medicament to the skin and also increases its counter-irritant effect and rubefacient action.
- In oily liniments, Arachis oil is commonly used which spreads more easily on the skin.
- Some lubricants may contain soap which helps in the easy application of liniment on the skin.
- Liniment should not be applied on broken skin because it may cause excessive irritation.
- Liniment contains medicament possessing analgesic action, rubefacient, counter-irritant properties and applied in joint pain, muscle pain, etc.
- Should be dispensed in the colored fluted bottle.
FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY
Stored in a tightly closed container.
Softsoap – 9 gm
Camphor – 5 gm
Turpentine oil – 65 ml
Purified water – q.s. to 100 ml
Note: Rubefacient: Dilates blood vessels.
Counter irritant: Causes superficial inflammation to cure deep inflammation.
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