Bengay, Capzasin, Icy Hot and Aspercreme are all rated highly by U.S. News & World Report. All of these products are used to treat common aches and are applied directly to the sore area.
Ultra Strength Bengay Cream is a popular topical cream that temporarily relieves pain related to backache, arthritis, strains, sprains, and bruises. The active ingredients in Ultra Strength Bengay Cream are camphor, menthol and methyl salicylate, states Bengay.
Capzasin is used to treat the same aches as Bengay, but it is also used to treat nerve pain. Breathing in the medicine's residue can cause coughing, sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation. Capzasin's active ingredients include lidocaine and zucapsaicin, according to WebMD.
Icy Hot treats minor pain associated with arthritis, muscle strains, bruises and cramps. Icy Hot's active ingredients are similar to Bengay's, with menthol and methyl salicylate. Icy Hot is not to be used more than four times daily, explains the manufacturer.
Aspercreme is another lidocaine-based cream. Aspercreme offers the maximum amount of lidocaine available without a prescription and affects more pain receptors than any other over-the-counter counter-irritant topical pain reliever, as the manufacturer advertises. It advises against bandaging or applying heat to the sore area after Aspercreme is applied.