Topical vs Oral Anti-Inflammatory Options
Sore back? Achy muscles? Can’t shake that kink in your neck from the pillow last night?
What Is Your Go-to Anti-Inflammatory Remedy?
When an anti-inflammatory medicine is taken in a pill form, it works by blocking the chemical effect that is involved in the production of pain and inflammation at the injury site. Anti-inflammatory topical creams work similarly, but only target where it had been applied.
The absorbed medication moves deeper into the areas of the body where there is inflammation. Using a cream as opposed to a drug ultimately means the concentration of drug making it to the bloodstream is very low. Patients with compromised liver function or other contraindications are great candidates for topical creams.
Patients who already take large amounts of oral medication have difficulty taking pills or have a sensitive stomach should discuss topical options with their family Physicians.
Prescription topical creams tend to target deep tissue, arthritic joint pain, neuropathy. Arthritis and Injury Care works closely with a Compounding Pharmacy in Ontario with a product that may help to provide effective pain relief. This product is a combination of Amitriptyline, Baclofen, Ketoprofen, and Lidocaine.