Acute and chronic pain management have become increasingly challenging for prescribers, pharmacists and patients as we endeavour to combat tolerance, dependence, side effects, interactions with other medications, as well as multiple co-morbidities. For many years pain management was restricted to oral or injectable methods. The development of commercial patches, creams and gels introduced a new way of treating pain through the skin. This new delivery system has permitted the ability of doctors and pharmacist to compound varying strengths and combinations of pain medication that is customised to your individual requirements.
Some common ailments benefiting from compounded topical/transdermal pain creams:
Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid)
Neuralgia (Diabetic neuropathy, shingles)