Compounded topical creams and gels are formulated to provide relief from pain or inflammation in targeted areas of the body. These products allow patients to avoid serious side effects and drug interactions which are common to oral medications, since creams are absorbed into the blood stream at minimum levels.
In addition to treating particular parts of the body, topical creams and gels can control specific types of pain, including those caused by arthritis, trauma, surgery, sprains, muscle strains, nerve damage and chronic inflammation. They can be used by themselves or in conjunction with other medications, allowing a patient to reduce dependence on oral agents.
In order for topical treatments to work, they must be used consistently in prescribed amounts and frequencies. Some of the active ingredients must accumulate in the tissue to achieve the desired pain control.
All of the components of our compounded pain medications come from FDA approved facilities, and are formulated to your physician’s specifications. Before using any topical pain treatment patients must first consult their physician to inform them of their personal medical history.
This resource is intended to provide the reader with general information for educational purposes. As with every medication, it is important to carefully follow the specific directions which come with it.
Recommended procedures generally include the following:
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water prior to applying the cream or gel
- Allow cream or gel to absorb into the skin for at least 20 minutes
- Apply creams or gels at least 30 minutes after showering or bathing
- Do NOT apply heating pad to application area
- Wash hands again after applying medication
- Side Effects
- Most commonly reported side effects include skin irritations and increased sensitivity to sunlight.
- Please consult with your physician and pharmacist before using these medications
- Inform your physician and pharmacist of liver, heart or kidney problems or if you suspect you are pregnant or will be breast feeding while using this medication
- Tell your physician or pharmacist if you have ever experienced an anaphylactic or allergic reaction to any component of this formulation.
- If this medication accidentally makes contact with eyes, rinse and flush them immediately with clean, warm water and seek medical attention if irritation persists
- Store this medication at room temperature (70°–77° Fahrenheit) in a tightly closed container
- Contact your physician or pharmacist if your pain does not begin to resolve after 4–6 weeks of therapy or if symptoms worsen
Please contact Fusion Pharmacy at (435) 703-9680 if you have questions or concerns about these medications.
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