Topical and Transdermal Pain Cream Medications

Pain Management

Do you, your parents, your children, or your pets have problems taking medications?

Medication problems include:

  • Trouble swallowing capsules or tablets
  • Bad tasting medicine
  • Nausea that prevents individuals from taking oral medications
  • Side effects such as stomach upset or drowsiness that aren’t tolerable or interfere with daily activities.

All of the above problems can be helped with topical and transdermal medications that can be compounded by our pharmacist.

Many medications can be absorbed through the skin instead of being taken orally or by injection. Prior to the availability of compounded dosage forms, patients who couldn’t take oral medications frequently had to receive intravenous therapy. Injectable therapy is invasive, usually requires a properly trained caregiver and is usually significantly more expensive. But, often we can compound the needed medications into a gel or cream that can be applied to the skin, and avoid the need for injections or IVs.

When medication is applied topically to the site of the problem – such as an anti-inflammatory medication to a joint – less active ingredient is needed because the medication doesn’t need to be absorbed through the gut and circulate to the site. And, additionally, there are typically fewer side effects and drug interactions, because blood levels of the drug are lower, although the tissue levels at the site of application are higher.

Additionally, if a patient has fluctuating or declining liver function, transdermal administration may be advantageous because transdermal meds do not need to pass through the liver before being absorbed, like oral medications do.

Proper preparation of topical and transdermal medications requires the use of chemicals and specialized equipment that are not available in most pharmacies. 

We welcome your questions and medication problems!


Let us help manage your pain.

Compounding requires a relationship between the patient, physician and pharmacist, so providing your current physician's name is helpful.