Pain Management/ Topical Pain Prep

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INJURY CARE

Don’t let chronic pain keep you from enjoying life.

Everyone experiences some sort of pain in their lives.

It can take the form of a stress-induced headache, a muscle group strained from sports activities, or be the result of an injury at work or an automobile accident. For some, pain can be chronic in nature and something they live with on a daily basis .

Chronic pain may have countless causes and perpetuating factors, therefore it’s difficult to manage than acute pain, requiring a multidisciplinary approach and customized treatment protocols tailored specifically for each patient needs.

Optimal treatment may involve the use of medications that possess pain-relieving properties, including :

  • some antidepressants

  • anticonvulsants

  • Antiarrhythmics

  • Anesthetics

  • antiviral agents

  • NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) antagonists such as dextromethorphan and ketamine, can block pain transmission in dorsal horn spinal neurons resulting in reducing nociception, and decreasing tolerance to and the need for opioid analgesics.

physicians have found that smaller concentrations of each medication can be used by combining various agents which utilize different mechanisms to alter the sensation of pain.

Topical and transdermal creams and gels can be formulated to provide high local concentrations at the site of application

(e.g., NSAIDs for joint pain), for trigger point application (e.g., combinations of medications for neuropathic pain), or in a base that will allow systemic absorption.

When medications are used topically Side effects associated with oral administration can often be avoided .

Studies suggest that there are no great restrictions on the type of drug that can be incorporated into a properly compounded transdermal gel as medications are not absorbed through the gastrointestinal system and do not undergo first-pass hepatic metabolism when they are administered transdermally

Through compounding, pain relief can be customized to your specific needs by working together with patient and practitioner

Please contact our compounding pharmacist to discuss the dosage form, strength, and medication or combination that is most appropriate for your patient.