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Transdermal Pain Medication

What Is It? Transdermal pain medication is a pain reliever that is compounded into a special gel. It can relieve pain when applied to the skin around a painful area. There is scientific evidence that certain topical products have the ability to drive medicines through the skin right to the site of action. This means you can apply a pain reliever where it hurts and not have to treat your whole body when only a small area needs attention. Lower doses of medicine can be used because it will not be destroyed or inactivated in the stomach. The dosage you take will also be more effective because it goes right through the skin to take care of the pain.
How To Use: These products are dispensed in jars and pumps. If you have questions about how to use your prescription please ask the pharmacist. Commonly, all of the transdermal or topical pain medicines may be applied two to five times daily, as needed. Always wash your hands after applying the compound.
Possible Side Effects: Generally, side effects throughout the body, such as stomach upset and drowsiness, are avoided because the dose of the gel is lower than the oral dose and it isn’t ingested. Some people can be sensitive to either the active ingredients or to the items in the cream or gel. If you experience any unusual itching, swelling, blistering, or redness at the site of application, talk to your doctor or compounding pharmacist. It is possible that minor adjustments can be made in your compound to lessen the amount of irritation.
Warning: Do not get the gel in your eyes.
Storage: Keep in the original container. Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Store all medicines away from excess heat and moisture, and keep at room temperature.

How To Manage Pain

Pain is one of the most common reasons we consult a physician, yet it is one of the most undertreated, chronic issues people deal with. If the pain isn’t treated properly, it can result in needless suffering, lost productivity, and excessive healthcare expenditures. Chronic pain afflicts approximately 10-20% of the adult population in the form of arthritis, muscle and joint strain, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic pain. However, much of that pain can be relieved with proper treatment.
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to get the important medicine to work almost immediately? Now there is away: transdermal pain medicine, where the medicine isn’t ingested but applied to the skin where the pain is. Brilliant! Right? A&R Pharmacy can work with you and your physician to get the right medicine to take care of the pain.
In fact, think of your physician and A&R Pharmacy as a team, working together to find an answer that will meet your pain management needs. As soon as pain begins, it is important to talk to your health care provider who is knowledgeable in pain management and tell them you would like to try a topical pain medication. Your physician can contact us and we’ll inform him about the ways transdermal medication can work for you.
Our compounding pharmacists have received advanced training in the preparation of customized dosage forms to meet each patient’s specific needs. We offer many unique options for pain management, regardless of pain origin and whether pain is acute or chronic. By working together with patient, physician, and other members of the health care team, we can individualize medications and make necessary adjustments to maximize pain relief.
Change the way you fight pain.


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