Localized pain associated with conditions like arthritis, muscle injuries, low back pain, fibromyalgia, and other conditions is often treated with over-the-counter oral preparations that include and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID’s). In addition, prescription pain relievers and muscle relaxants are frequently used for more severe cases.
Prior to using any of these products, it is essential to have a thorough medical evaluation of persistent pain to rule out any serious underlying medical condition. Unfortunately, since these drugs are readily available, many people take them without getting medically evaluated first, and are unaware of the potential they have for serious harm.
Most over-the-counter pain-relieving preparations sold today are in the form of capsules or tablets that you take orally. This oral route means that the stomach and intestinal tract as well as the kidneys and liver must process the drug. Thus, such drugs taken orally can have damaging side effects. Often, significant side effects can cause more problems than the condition they are trying to resolve.
What many pain sufferers do not realize is that many herbal and
nutritional items can also help relieve chronic pain. Often,
over-the-counter drugs are combined with herbal and nutritional
items in transdermal (through the skin) preparations. These
preparations are often an excellent alternative to oral pain
relievers. By being absorbed directly through the skin, they can
work quickly and effectively. Such combination trans-dermal
products do not have to be processed by the digestive system,
and can thus use lower doses of the over-the-counter drug and
achieve a positive effect with significantly less side effects.
Table 1 — Common over-the-counter pain relieving oral preparations
The current recommended maximum dose of acetaminophen is four grams daily for a limited time period. People who take higher doses or who already have abnormal liver function increase their risk of serious liver problems. Acetaminophen is also an ingredient in some prescription pain relievers like Vicodin and Percocet. To reduce your risk of liver problems, make sure you know the total dose you are getting from all sources. In June of 2009, due to recurring liver toxicity, an FDA advisory panel recommended lowering the recommended maximum dose of acetaminophen.
When taken orally, all NSAIDs increase the risk of serious stomach or intestinal problems that can include bleeding and/or perforation. Serious NSAID induced gastrointestinal effects can occur suddenly and can be life-threatening. These risks increase with age, higher doses, and the use of alcohol. Also, many of the drugs in the table above can also interfere with other drugs a person is using causing a drug interaction that increases the risk of serious side effects.
Transdermal (through the skin) Pain Relieving Preparations
Transdermal preparations are specifically designed for absorption through human skin. This method of delivery has several major advantages over oral absorption. The first is that the substance does not need to pass through the gastrointestinal tract, the liver, or other body systems, minimizing the potential for side-effect damage. Second, transdermal preparations have the distinct advantage of being able to deliver a drug, herbal remedy, or combination of both directly to a painful area instead of processing it through the entire body. Thus, they do not have the potential for damaging side effects encountered with oral preparations. Table 2 below lists some common natural substances used in our trans-dermal pain relieving creams.
Some of the transdermal products we have available combine traditional pain-relieving drugs with herbs and other natural ingredients. These skin creams use the lowest possible doses of the pain-relieving drugs, ibuprofen, ketoprofen or lidocaine, along with various natural substances shown in table 2 above. Thus, the drug and the natural substance work together to enhance the overall effect. Our all-natural creams, MSM/Glucosamine and Capsaicin are drug-free and use only natural substances.
Almost anyone can use a transdermal product, but they
should not be used on broken skin. They are especially
suitable for those with sensitive stomachs, gastrointestinal
ulcers or bleeding, difficulty swallowing pills, or an
unusually sensitive digestive tract. Many people that have
allergies or sensitivities to traditional oral pain
relievers find transdermal preparations particularly useful,
especially for localized pain relief of osteoarthritis and
Natural Alternatives to Pain Relieving Drugs
There are many natural pain relievers. Two of the most powerful—and infrequently mentioned for this purpose—are Vitamin D and Fish Oil. Several studies (See our newsletters) have also shown both substances to be quite valuable for reducing pain. Chronic pain sufferers would be wise to try relieving their pain using natural alternatives like these along with our transdermal creams before turning to oral over-the-counter or prescription drug remedies. Many of these alternatives have solid science behind their actions.
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