Topical Pain Relief

Topical pain relievers (analgesics) are applied to the skin over painful muscles or joints. They may include: creams, ointments, sprays and patches. They distract the mind from pain, block enzymes (cox-2), or decrease bodily substances (P) that pass pain signals to the brain.


Topical pain relievers are used to treat back or muscle strain, and joint pain from osteoarthritis. They may be a good choice if you are at risk of a heart attack, stroke, or internal bleeding from other medications

Side Effects

Common side effects include rashes, and if they occur, stop the treatment and ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice. More serious side effects can include: allergic reactions such as hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Source: WebMD
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