Use Quality Supplements to Stop the Pain
When arthritis, an injury or surgery causes pain and inflammation, the type of medication most commonly taken to relieve mild to moderate pain and swelling is a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug, also known as an NSAID. Examples include ibuprofen (which is available over-the-counter as oral Advil™ and Motrin™) and prescription-strength oral ketoprofen. The downside to taking oral NSAIDs is that they have a high incidence of gastrointestinal side effects (stomach pain and burning) and in some cases, can even lead to intestinal bleeding.
Compounding Pharmacists Create Safer Transdermal NSAIDs
To solve this problem, compounding pharmacists can prepare NSAIDs (in particular, ketoprofen) and other medications as transdermal creams and gels. They have been shown to produce high levels of a drug in the affected tissues beneath the site of application where the medicine is needed to relieve pain and inflammation, yet low levels in other areas of the body; this decreases the risk of drug interactions and side effects (such as gastrointestinal pain). Therefore, transdermal NSAIDs have a safety profile which is superior to oral NSAIDs.
Our professional compounding pharmacists can compound the strength of medication which is most appropriate for each patient into a special cream or gel that will be cosmetically appealing while facilitating the absorption of the drug through the skin into the affected muscle, tendon or joint. Conditions that have responded well to transdermal ketoprofen therapy include:
• Joint stiffness and pain
• Achilles or patellar tendinopathy
• Ankle sprain - Grade I or II
• Sever's disease (the most common cause of heel pain in pre-pubertal children)
Transdermal preparations can be customized to contain a combination of medications to treat your specific problem. For more
information, visit www.reginapain.com, or call us to register for a free pain seminar!
Supplements Used to Treat Joint Pain
The supplements glucosamine and chondroitin have been shown to reduce knee pain and slow progression of osteoarthritis. But a recent large trial funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that glucosamine plus chondroitin is not very effective for knee pain, and does not slow the progression of osteoarthritis. This conflicting report could have a logical explanation: the new NIH study used glucosamine hydrochloride (glucosamine HCl) instead of glucosamine sulfate (glucosamine SO4), and it is the sulfate form that has been shown to be most beneficial in previous studies. Patients who use these supplements should notice an improvement within 12 weeks, and if not, should discuss their therapy with their health care provider. Ask us to recommend a quality supplement that will best meet your needs.
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