What Are Topical Pain Medicines?

Topical pain medicines are absorbed through the skin. They include ointments, creams, gels or lotions. The most common varieties are creams or gels, which you have to rub onto the skin over the painful joints.

The Common Active Ingredients in the Topical Pain Medicines Include:

  • Capsaicin: It causes a burning The capsaicin creams reduce the chemicals in the nerve cells, which are vital for sending the pain signals. It is quite effective if used several times in a day.
  • Salicylates: It contains pain-relieving substance found in aspirin.
  • Counter-irritants: iSubstances such as menthol and camphor generate hot or cold sensations that may overrule the ability to feel arthritis pain for a short period of time.
  • NSAIDs: They penetrate the skin barrier and deliver the medicine to the pain site when administered topically.

Are They Safe to Use?

The application of capsaicin containing creams can cause stinging or burning sensation. However, this uneasiness can be minimized within a few weeks of routine use. You must wash your hands after each application to avoid any irritation in the eyes. Also, the salicylate containing topical medicines should not be used by people who are allergic to aspirin or who are using blood thinners.

Topical medications for arthritis should not be used on broken or irritated skin.

What Are the Advantages of Using Topical Medicines for Arthritis Treatment?

Topical medicines for arthritis are recommended when the stomach of a person is sensitive to oral NSAIDs or when the joint which is paining near the surface.

What Are the Disadvantages of Using Topical Medicines in Arthritis Patients?

Topical medicines are risky to use when there is an active ulcer on the skin surface, history of gastro-intestinal bleeding or when when there is severe pain on application.

What Are the Possible Side-effects?

Most people do not suffer any side-effects when using topical medicines. However, side-effects may occur in some people. Skin rash is the most common side-effect and some people may experience an allergic reaction.

How Is Glme Better than Topical Medicines for Arthritis?

Topical medicines for arthritis provide relief from only pain, and that too temporary. They cannot help restore the damaged joint or cartilage. Neither do that prevent further deterioration of the cartilage.  On the other hand, GLME not only provides relief from pain, but also improves joint lubrication, prevents cartilage deterioration, promotes repair of damaged cartilage and improves the mobility and range of motion of the affected joint. The benefit of GLME is also usually long lasting. Further, it does not have any serious adverse side effects even if taken for prolonged periods.