Many drugs can be transmitted through a cream, ointment, gel, spray or patch. In the 1980s, transdermal therapy was introduced with ‘through the skin’ (TTS) products.
Because the skin is the largest organ in the body, it holds potential for great pain relieving capabilities. Scientists have developed ways to administer medicine through the skin and into the blood stream.
There are many advantages of transdermal treatment including topical medications that are easy and controllable. Typically, transdermal medications start working quicker than oral medicines. Pain is relieved for longer periods of time and at a steadier rate.
However, there are some disadvantages to taking medication through the skin. Blood does travel throughout the body in different ways. It is important that the patient understand how the medication is to be used. Exercise and change in weather can also alter blood flow, which needs to be considered when taking transdermal medications. Skin reactions are a risk, and some types of neck and back pain may not respond to the topical treatment.
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