A patch that eases your pain
There are many painkiller medicines available in the market today; not every one is best suited to tackle conditions such as Tennis elbow, Arthritis Deformans (chronic form of arthritis), Peritendinitis (swelling of tendons), Myalgia (muscle pain), Spondylitis (swelling of vertebrae) etc that are characterized by chronic pain. Also, the fact that most of the painkiller drugs leave side-effects with prolonged use is not a buried one.
Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar, Anaesthesiology Specialist, AIIMS, said that certain health conditions such as Myalgia, Arthritis etc. are characterized by a lot of pain. Even cancer patients have to bear a lot of chronic pain. Such patients often depend on heavy doses of pain relievers. We often find pain killer addiction among sufferers of chronic pain. Patients become habitually dependent on these medicines. Even though the person may take an increased dose of pain killer pills, he may not respond well to them. The patient feels only poor-mediocre relief from their painful condition as the days pass by.
Many a times the pain associated with trauma surgery and or muscle spasms in neck, shoulder and back is intense and is not easily managed by popping in a pill. The patient feels drowsy, nausea and has problems in concentrating upon his work or tasks. All this and no gain on the pain front!
Such people can now look forward to what is called Transdermal patches. These band-aid like patches deliver the pain killer medication through the patient’s skin into his/her bloodstream. Also explains, Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar, “A transdermal patch is a medicated adhesive patch which when placed on the skin, helps in effective management of chronic pain conditions.”
She further explains, “New-generation patches such as Fen-Touch Fentanyl Transdermal Patches are highly advanced and delivers timely only the specific dose of medication that is required. Once placed on the affected area (skin) they can deliver, in the patient’s body, the standardized doses of medication through out the day and can be used for over a period of several hours to days post application.”
Fen-Touch patches involve non-invasive delivery of medication from the surface of the skin and most accessible organ of the human body – through its layers, to the circulatory system. A special membrane is used to control the rate at which the drug contained within the patch can pass through the skin and into the bloodstream. This ensures that there is no overdose.
These therapeutic patches comes in different capacities ranging from 1.25 mg to 10 mg, where the drugs reaches the body system in a calibrated and controlled speed ranging from 12.5 to 100 micrgrams of Fentanyl (painkiller medicine) per hour. Now-a-days doctors recommend transdermal patches to patients who endure a lot of pain and usually find it cumbersome to take tablets or pills after every few hours.
Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar discloses, “A patient is thoroughly assessed for his or her chronic pain before advising him or her fentanyl transdermal patch. The latter scores above traditional approaches of pain management. Transdermal patch is a non-invasive, painless and simple application that effectively manages chronic pain conditions. It is extremely beneficial for those who suffer from a lot of back, neck, shoulder pain owning to their poor lifestyle habits. While proper diet, exercise and rest are essential, fentanyl transdermal patch comes handy in alleviating pain and ensuring relief at work or home on a day to day basis.”
A transdermal drug delivery systems offer several important advantages over oral medication, such as:
· Longer duration of action resulting in a reduction in dosing frequency
· Increased convenience to administer drugs which would otherwise require frequent dosing
· Reduced side effects and improved therapy due to maintenance of plasma levels up to the end of the dosing interval
· Flexibility of terminating the drug administration by simply removing the patch from the skin
· Improved patient compliance and comfort via non-invasive, painless and simple application
So, if you too suffer from chronic pain, it is time to learn more about effective management of chronic pain via transdermal patches. After all, a patch is better than a pill any day!