Recent studies have shown that more than 100 million Americans are affected by pain, and that 12% of all prescriptions are written for pain medications. For some people who suffer from intermittent or chronic pain, topical pain creams may be a good alternative to oral pain medications.
Reduced Risk of Side Effects
When you think of pain medications, pills such as aspirin or vicodin probably come to mind. However, taking oral pain medications puts you at risk for an array of possible side effects, such as nausea, constipation, and drowsiness. Some oral painkillers can even damage your liver, and possible drug interactions are always a concern if a patient is taking more than one oral medication. For many patients, switching to a pain cream greatly reduces or completely eliminates these unpleasant side effects.
When using a pain cream, rubbing it onto the affected are for two to three minutes often provides faster pain relief than you can get from an oral painkiller, which must be absorbed systemically. Oral medication travels throughout your body and usually provides a just small dose of medicine to the source of your pain.
Customized Pain Medication
Your physician can prescribe a pain cream that is customized just for you, based on the type, location, and severity of your pain; your age and any existing medical conditions; medications known to work or not work for you; and known allergies to medications. A compounding pharmacy will mix your unique pain cream from scratch in a controlled environment.
Most insurance plans cover compounded pain creams, just as they would an oral painkiller.
If you suffer from pain and are tired of the side effects caused by oral painkillers, it may be time to consider switching to a pain cream. There are many pain cream formulas available to help alleviate all kinds of pain. Always consult with your physician to be sure what the best course of action is for managing your pain. Melrose Pharmacy is proud to offer compounded pain creams, and our pharmacists will be glad to recommend pain cream formulas that may work best for you. Complete our contact form with your questions or concerns about pain creams, and one of our registered pharmacists will contact you.
There is no one “best” pain cream, and topical treatments are not right for every patient.
Certain types of pain respond better than others to pain creams. Read below for more information about the possible benefits of using pain creams rather than oral painkillers.