Tip of the Day – 12/26/2006

For chronic pain, transdermal medicines are topical applications of preparations that are absorbed through the skin. Topical medications have the advantages of increased efficiency, fewer side effects, easier dosing, and not having to be digested. Almost any drug can be made into a transdermal patch. Examples include NMDA/calcium channel blockers (ketamine, orphenadrine, and dextromethorphan), Mexitil or mexiletine HCI), alpha agonists (Catapres, or clonidine HCI), and GABA antiseizure medications (Neurontin, or gabapentin; Baclofen, or lioresal; and Klonopin, or clonazepam). (Source: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Other Invisible Illnesses – The Comprehensive Guide, by Katrina Berne, Ph.D. Published by Hunter House books and available at www.hunterhouse.com.)

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