How To Manage Pain
Transdermal Pain—Classes of Drugs:
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.