Trans-dermal medications work differently than other medications used in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Instead of being taken orally, these medications are applied to the skin at the site of the pain. Over time, these medications enter the bloodstream and are carried to the painful areas, giving sufferers direct pain relief.
The advantages of these topicals in the form of creams, gels and ointments, are obvious since the relief can be almost immediate once the medication is applied. However, side-effects including allergies are not uncommon, and the physically treated areas in fibromyalgia patients are not usually small or close together. So application to larger and more widespread areas… like the shoulders, back of the head, upper hips and inner knees… is indicated.
The same is true for fibromyalgia and pain patches. Although some fibromyalgia sufferers swear by them, they primarily treat the areas to which they are applied. There is some absorption through the skin that may reduce pain in more than one affected area, depending upon what drug is applied, the health of the individual user, and the drug strength and how often patches are used. For fibromyalgia and pain patches, some of the distinct advantages to using them are as follows:
easy to apply
pain relief lasts longer than some other methods
side-effects are generally fewer than with some other topicals and oral medications
Fibromyalgia And Pain Patches – Be Aware…
As with all medications, you should consult with your physician before using pain patches. When addressing the subject of fibromyalgia and pain patches, follow the directions on the label carefully. Some interaction with other medications is possible. Also, the FDA has recalled one pain patch, Fentanyl, because the patch releases the medication too fast and may cause side-effects. If you are currently using this patch, contact the manufacturer to see if the batch you are using is being recalled and if so, get your patches replaced. Get the facts about pain patches
Be aware of any unexpected reactions that you may have if you’re using a patch treatment, and stop using them if you develop symptoms like… headaches, breathing difficulties, nausea, skin rashes, changes in blood pressure, or rapid heart beat… the same types of adverse reactions that you might develop if you’re allergic to an oral medication. Fibromyalgia and pain patches are under some scrutiny by the FDA and other medical disciplines, especially the patches like Fentanyl which can become addictive.
In any case, effectiveness for fibromyalgia and pain patches as well as other topicals, are dependent upon the general health of the individual user and other medications they may be taking. These are just some of the possible treatments for the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia. There are both oral medications and natural treatments which can be very effective in controlling fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms. The best course of treatment may be a combination of oral medication, topicals, and improved nutrition.