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All about: Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray

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Generic Name: Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray (pen-ta-FLOR-oh-pro-pane/tet-ra-FLOR-oh-eth-ane)
Brand Name: Gebauer's Spray and Stretch

Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray is used for:

Treating certain types of muscle or ligament pain, restricted motion, muscle spasms, and swelling, sprains, strains, bruising, and contusions due to minor sports injuries.

Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray is a skin refrigerant. It works like ice to temporarily reduce pain and swelling.

Do NOT use Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray
  • you have diabetes, poor circulation, or insensitive skin

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray:

Some medical conditions may interact with Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray. However, no specific interactions with Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray:

Use Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Use the smallest dose needed to produce results.
  • The cooling effect of Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray rarely lasts more than a few seconds to a minute. This time interval is usually enough to help reduce or relieve the initial trauma of the injury.
  • Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to use Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray depending upon what kind of pain or injury you are treating. Follow the instructions given by your doctor closely. If you are unsure how to use Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray, contact your doctor or other health care provider.
  • To apply Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray, hold can upright over treatment area. Point nozzle at treatment area and press the actuator button firmly to apply. Spray treatment area until the skin just begins to turn white. Do not spray after skin turns white.
  • Do not frost the skin.
  • If you miss a dose of Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray.

Important safety information:

  • Do not spray near the face, on open wounds, or on cut, scraped, or damaged skin.
  • Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray is for external use only. Do not get Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray in the eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not use around the genital area. If you get Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray in your eyes, rinse immediately with cool tap water.
  • Intentionally inhaling the contents of this can may be harmful or even fatal.
  • Overuse of this product may change skin color.
  • The contents of this can are under pressure. Do not burn or puncture the can, even if it appears to be empty.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray during pregnancy. It is unknown if Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:


Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); change in skin color at the application site; dizziness; trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include change in skin color; symptoms of frostbite (eg, hard skin; loss of feeling; white, waxy, or purple appearance).

Proper storage of Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray:

Store Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Do not expose to temperatures above 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). Keep Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Pentafluoropropane/Tetrafluoroethane Aerosol Spray. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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