Why should you consider topical pain relief therapy?
If you have ever suffered from pain issues, whether chronic or acute, you know that immediate relief is of the utmost importance. Pain interrupts your life, disrupts your mood, and depletes your body of its stress reserves.
Currently, pain medications are dominated by the pharmaceutical industry. Given the increasing concerns regarding side effects, administration challenges, and addiction and abuse of oral painkillers, interest in the use of transdermal pain medication as an alternative therapeutic option for pain management has grown.
Many patient’s have different types of pain and may benefit from a combination of different ingredients to address issues such as inflammation, muscle tightness and neuropathy.
Compounded transdermal medications help avoid some of the challenges associated with oral pain medication as well as commercially available patches, while providing added benefits of being customizable to a patient’s specific needs.
What are some of the potential benefits of transdermal pain management?
- Side effect minimization
- Combination of multiple active ingredients in a single formulation (thereby providing greater convenience and potentially better efficacy than single-ingredient products
- Application of the medication directly to the site of the pain
- Easy titration to meet individual patient needs
- Lower systemic absorption
- Improvement of patient adherence to treatment regimens
- Ability to eliminate allergic inactive ingredients such as preservatives or dyes.
- Good for patients that have trouble swallowing pills
Are there any side effects associated with Topical pain creams?
Side effects are usually rare. A rash could develop if the patient has very sensitive skin or an allergy to one of the drugs in the compound. There is very little systemic absorption with transdermal creams and gels.
Also, unlike oral NSAIDS transdermal preparations do not produce GI upset or complications.
What types of ingredients are used in topical pain creams?
- Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS): Ketoprofen, Piroxicam, Ibuprofen
- Muscle Relaxants: Cyclobenzaprine, Baclofen, Guaifenasin
- Anesthetics: Lidocaine, Prilocaine
- Vasodilators: Nifedipine, Verapamil
- Pain Blockers: Ketamine
- Nerve Agents: Amitriptyline, Gabapentin
Other Pain Medications: Menthol, Capsaicin, Clonidine