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Pain Management

Pain Management

Everyone experiences some sort of pain, ranging from a headache or muscle strain to pain as a result of a work or accident related injury. Pain can also be associated with other diseases or medical conditions and is the most common symptom for which people seek medical help.

Acute pain can easily turn into chronic pain, which can be difficult to treat. There are many commercially available pain relief medications that help with the chronic pain of conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches and other nerve and muscle pain. Some of these medications may also have unwanted side effects like drowsiness, dizziness or stomach irritation.

A change in Dosage Form can help alleviate some of the unwanted side effects. Instead of a capsule or tablet, pain medications can be compounded in topical gel, cream or spray forms that can be applied directly to the site of the pain and absorbed through the skin. They can also be made up in the form of troches that dissolve under the tongue, nasal sprays or suppositories. These dosage forms bypass the gastrointestinal tract, helping patients with stomach irritation as well as those who have difficulty swallowing pills. In some cases, these delivery methods may allow for a smaller/lower dose of the drug to be taken therefore reducing other side effects like dizziness and drowsiness.

Some chronic pain sufferers are placed on a variety of medications and doses, which means taking multiple drugs varying doses. Compounding may provide the option for Combination Therapy  - making it possible for these patients to get all their medications in a single preparation hence encouraging compliance. Patients can also have individualized doses Strength/Dose Variations that will suit their particular body size, symptoms and pain tolerance.

Commonly used topical pain management medications include:-


         Diclofenac

         Ibuprofen

         Gabapentin

         Amitriptyline

         Baclofen

         Ketoprofen

         Guaifenesin

         Lidocaine

         Tetracaine

         Benzocaine

         Magnesium


 

Many of these medications are commercially available through your doctor, healthcare practitioner or pharmacist; but for those having trouble with these, there is an alternative approach to acute and/or chronic pain management.