The management of pain today is greatly different than it was even a few years ago. Advancement in drugs and drug delivery systems are making great improvements in how pain is treated. Our ability to compound pain management preparations is helping physicians treat their patients more effectively.
The use of transdermal gels has been an area where much growth has taken place. In the past, the treatment of arthritis and general inflammation has been restricted to the use of oral Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories, better known as NSAIDs. Topical preparations of NSAIDs have only recently become popular in the United States. There are many reasons for this, the biggest being that commercial manufacturers have never seen them as big “profit” making products. However, in Europe, topical preparations have been used for years.
By using an NSAID in a gel form, you are able to apply the medication directly at the site of pain and inflammation, thus avoiding any stomach upset commonly caused by oral dosage forms. Our pharmacists are able to combine NSAID medications along with muscle relaxants to relieve muscles spasms without the common side effects of drowsiness and sedation.
Compounding also enables us to use medications for pain management that are not typically thought of when treating pain. Neuroleptics, such as amitriptyline and gabapentin, and anesthetics such as lidocaine, ketamine, and the popular dextromethorphan, have all been used in various combinations for the treatment of pain management.
If you have any questions as to how San Diego Compounding Pharmacy can help you or someone you know that suffers from acute or chronic pain, please contact us.