Best OTC Drugs 2024

Best OTC Choices in Thermal Relief Products

Heat — or the sensation of it — from pads or topical liquids can offer relief from muscle pain and other discomforts. Here are Money’s choices for the best thermal relief products. The picks include data on their active ingredients and general notes about their efficacy and side effects.

The selections were chosen by, using a methodology that combines expert assessment with analysis of online reviews, ratings and other customer data.

The information provided on is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The products featured may not be right for everyone and may carry risk even if available without a prescription. Read the product’s label and consult with a professional for individual medical advice.

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Active Ingredients
Important Points
Bengay Ultra Strength Pain Relieving Patch Menthol
  • Safe for people 12 years and older
  • Can apply up to 4 times a day
  • Patch generates warming sensation
Chattanooga Hydrocollator HotPacs N/A
  • Various sizes available
CVS Health Heating Pads N/A
  • Various sizes available
HotHands Hand Warmers N/A
  • Works for 10 hours
  • Air-activated
Icy Hot SmartRelief TENS Therapy N/A
  • Drug-free
  • Wireless
Salonpas Hot Capsicum Patch Capsicum extract
  • Unscented
  • Can be worn up to 8 hours
Sunbeam Heating Pads N/A
  • Various sizes available
TheraPearl Hot and Cold Packs N/A
  • Can be heated or frozen
Thermacare HeatWraps N/A
  • Various sizes available
  • Lasts for hours, depending on product
No results match.

Featured drugs are available without a prescription in the U.S. and may not be available with or without a prescription in other locations.