What do you do after spending a hard day outside mowing, trimming trees and bushes, or reorganizing your garage and then waking up with a very sore back? Or what if you have a chronic pain condition such as fibromyalgia, frequent back pain, whiplash, bursitis or arthritis?
Chances are you have a large bottle of ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen in your medicine cabinet that gets used very frequently. But, there is a dirty little secret that not many outside of health care know, and even fewer talk about: Taking over-the-counter oral pain medication over the long term for chronic pain may lead to serious adverse health problems.
In fact, when taken over an extended period of time, medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen have been linked to increased risk for blood clots, stroke and ulcers. And most everyone knows about the liver toxicity associated with long-term use of acetaminophen.
So what can you do? How can you avoid these harmful side effects, stay healthy AND pain free? Topical pain relief cream could be the answer you’ve been looking for.
What Are Topical Pain Relief Creams?
Simply put, topical creams are a different way of delivering medication to your body, and it offers significant advantages over taking medications orally. One of the biggest advantages is that the medication is delivered directly to the site of action.
Topical cream is advantageous in two ways:
- It allows a much higher concentration of the actual medication to reach the tissue that needs it.
- It avoids the body’s “first-pass metabolism,” which can lead to the dangerous systemic side effects mentioned earlier.
What Do Topical Pain Creams Mean For You?
Topical creams mean two things for you: quicker pain relief and fewer side effects from your medication. We all can agree that both of those are very, very beneficial!
Life is far too short to have to deal with chronic pain issues or nagging injuries. Let the Compounding Pharmacy of America be your partner in chronic pain control. Our compounding pharmacists can mix up the proper topical pain cream for your needs, and there’s a good chance your insurance provider will cover it too.
Please note this type of pain therapy is relatively new, and your doctor may not be familiar with it yet. If you believe topical (aka transdermal) pain therapy may be right for you, talk to your doctor. You can print off our easy transdermal pain therapy order form from our Forms page to take with you to your doctor’s office. Or you can call or email us, and we can get in contact with your physician on your behalf.