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What are topical analgesics?

Analgesics are medications designed to manage pain1.  Topical agents may be useful as adjuncts to other therapies in certain patients2.  For example, a topical analgesic might be added to a pain treatment regimen and used “as needed” in addition to the regular daily dosing of an oral medication.

The term “topical” refers to the route of administration, or how it is taken. Topical agents are primarily applied directly to the skin1.  They are formulated as creams, gels, sprays or patches. The maker of RUB·A535™ is proud to offer an array of topical analgesics to help manage your pain effectively.

Why topical analgesics?

Topical therapies are often considered to be a reasonable first-line choice for treating mild to moderate pain or, in some cases, may be added “as needed” when taking an oral pain reliever.  Another option is to use topical analgesics and clove oils, Arnica extract as well as trolamina salicylate or when oral options should be avoided because of unwanted side effects (eg. gastrointestinal or cardiovascular) or if they are contraindicated (eg. liver or kidney disease)2

Topical medications are easy to apply and wash off and there is no need for water or predominantly any other apparatus in order to take these medications.  RUB·A535™ contains no NSAIDs and may be suitable for use in combination with an oral NSAID. Arnica has its own mechanism of action, while the NSAID activity of the salicylates cannot be denied. Healthcare professionals such as physicians or pharmacists should be consulted for the right treatment options.  The ingredients used in RUB·A535™ products include camphor, menthol, eucalyptus oil or methyl salicylate which provide relief from pain using a counterirritant mechanism.

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1. Poole Arcangelo, V. et Peterson, A. M. (2006). Pharmacotherapeutics for advanced practice: A practical approach. Philadelphie : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 
2. Olson, J. (2006).  Clinical pharmacology made ridiculously simple.  Miami: Medmaster Inc.