Topical compounds can cure the chronic pain of patient and that also faster than oral medication. Topical medications include lotions, creams, ointments, patches, and pastes. They are applied to the skin on that part where there is a pain. Lotions, ointments, and creams usually produce a local effect.
Topical Compounds For Chronic Pain
Like how oral medications are customized same way even, topical medication can be customized for each patient through the process of compounding. Compounding is the art and science of modifying drugs for patients. Topical compounds are made from scratch. Several ingredients are mixed in the exact strength and dosage that is required by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to modify a medication to meet the patient’s unique needs.
Topicals are made for the patient who is either allergic to oral medication or if the oral medication is not giving any relief in the pain.
Topical Compounds Specific To Your Pain
Topical compounds are tailored combinations of the following medications:
- Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS): Ketoprofen, Piroxicam, Ibuprofen
- Muscle Relaxants: Cyclobenzaprine, Baclofen, Guaifenesin
- Anesthetics: Lidocaine, Prilocaine
- Vasodilators: Nifedipine, Verapamil
- Pain Blockers: Ketamine
- Nerve Agents: Amitriptyline, Gabapentin
- Other Pain Medications: Menthol, Capsaicin, Clonidine
These ingredients are combined in a unique cream that penetrates the skin quickly to provide relief from pain.
Topical compounds treat the area of pain faster than the oral pain killers as topical creams are applied directly to the affected areas which mean higher concentration at the site of application and will alleviate your chronic pain. Topical compounds should be used two top four times a day to cure mild to chronic pain.
Benefits of Topical Compounds
- Decreases inflammation as it is made from the anti-inflammatory ingredient.
- Pain relief directly where it hurts
- Comfort starts more quickly than with an oral painkiller
- Fewer side effects
- Non –addictive formulations
- Good for people who have difficulty swallowing pills or allergic to pills.
- Improved patient compliance and outcomes
- Reduces chances of organ toxicity
- Pain is relieved at steady rate and relief lasts longer
Learn more about topical compounds and the positive effects they have by reading this related article: Will A Topical Compound Work for Arthritis?
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