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Creams for pain
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Indications of the pain creams
Creams from pain are used to eliminate painful spasms, inflammatory processes, act as a bactericidal and antiseptic agent. Medications help to eliminate swelling and repair damaged fibers. They also reduce the length of the rehabilitation period after injuries. These creams are used in such conditions:
- Sprains and sprains;
- Hematomas and bruises;
- "Lumbago" in the lower back or back;
- Aching in the joints;
- As an external drug in the complex therapy of closed fractures.
Non-steroidal creams from pain
The group of non-steroidal painkillers includes such drugs: Voltaren Emulgel, Diklak, Diclofenac, Ortophen, Dolgit, Bystrumgel, Naise, Deep Relief, Fastumgel, Ketonal and Finalgon, as well as indomethacin ointment.
The basis of these drugs is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory component (such as ibuprofen, indomethacin, diclofenac, and nimesulide), in addition to which auxiliary substances are added. The most qualitative in terms of exposure are drugs, the main component of which is diclofenac.
Cream 911 is used as an auxiliary preparation in the treatment of joint diseases. It reduces the intensity of pain and eliminates edema, promotes the production of synovial fluid, as well as the restoration of cartilaginous tissue. In addition, it has antirheumatic and anti-inflammatory effect. The cream stabilizes the metabolic processes in the joints, improves the trophism of the tissues, and also restores mobility to the joints.
Creams for joint pain
With inflammatory processes and joint pain (such diseases as gout, arthritis (reactive, rheumatoid or deforming)) it is rather difficult to fight. But the process of successful treatment is promoted by special creams from pain in the joints.
The most effective preparation of this type is Voltaren Emulgel, followed by Bystrumgel, Fastumgel and Indomethacin. All these creams are of high quality and capable of alleviating severe pain.
The drug Gymnastogal provides an anti-inflammatory and anesthetic effect - thanks to a complex, multicomponent composition it helps to treat sprains, bruises, manifestations of radiculitis, etc.
The cream from the fife helps with joint pain, rheumatism, osteochondrosis, radiculitis, sprains and closed fractures.
Ointment Dikul for the treatment of patients with joints copes well with arthritis and osteochondrosis. The drug has a warming, anti-inflammatory and anesthetic effect, and also improves the function of blood circulation.
Therapeutic cream for joint pain from chestnut
For pain in the joints, a cream made on the basis of a chestnut helps.
Peel 300 g of chestnuts from a brown skin, then cut and fill into a 0.5 liter bottle. Then pour vodka into it and close it. Within 2 weeks, insist in a warm, dark place, shaking every day. The resulting mixture of rubbing joints. This medicine can be stored for several years.
Cut the peeled chestnuts into a glass and pour with ammonia (0.5 l). Insist for a week. Rub the knee with the medicine, then wrap them in cotton cloth.
Cut 5 chestnuts (or 5 tablespoons of flowers) and mix with vegetable oil (1 stack.), Then cook on a water bath for about 30-40 minutes. The resulting cream to rub joints.
Take the same, as in the previous recipe, the amount of ingredients and pour them 0.5 liters of vodka. Infuse 7-10 days. In a place closed from the light, at times shaking the capacity. After taking a contrast shower, put compresses on the affected joints for 2-3 hours.
Creams for leg joint pain
Analgesics contain analgesics that can quickly and effectively remove pain. After applying this cream to a sore spot, a person feels warm and reduces the intensity of pain. The cream from pain in the joints of the feet helps improve blood circulation, relieves inflammation.
Cream "Honda" is a chondroprotector - a new modern medicine that has a natural basis. It is used in case of inflammation of the joints on the legs. The medicine has an anesthetic effect. With the help of this cream, the restoration of the knee cartilage is usually achieved. The main component of the drug is chondroitin sulfate, which is extracted from the cartilaginous tissue of fish, birds, as well as mammals.
Creams for pain in the knees
With pains in the knees, warming creams are effective, among them are Capsicum, Espol, Menovazinum, Nikoflex, etc.
Such drugs help to improve blood flow in the knee joints, facilitating discomfort and pain in meniscus injuries, arthrosis, tendon inflammation. These drugs are especially effective in vascular pain, since the warming effect has a positive effect in diseases of this type.
Creams, which include bee and snake venom. Among such drugs are Ungapiven, Apizatron, Apiveren, Virapin, and Viprosal (with snake venom). Such drugs have a strong warming effect - entering the systemic bloodstream through the skin, they affect the ligaments and muscles, increasing their elasticity, and also improving blood circulation in the tissues around the damaged joint. These creams are more effective than warming drugs.
Creams of pain in the hands
Cream of shark fat and wormwood effectively eliminates numbness and pain in the hands, as well as swelling of the tendons. All this contributes to the restoration of the full functioning of the upper limbs. Among the active ingredients of the drug: shark fat, wormwood and laurel extracts, rosemary, lavender, fir, cedar oil, as well as menthol and camphor.
Creams for back pain
To eliminate pain in the back, there are many therapeutic creams of different types.
Homeopathic preparations improve the process of tissue metabolism, which prevents the degeneration of cartilaginous tissues, and also contribute to their early recovery. In addition, such drugs act as an anesthetic. The modern pharmaceutical market offers, with osteochondrosis, Cream T, as well as Traumeel C, which is used for sciatica, radiculitis or lumbago - in general, with inflammatory-degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
Warming, irritating, anesthetic creams, which due to their qualities contribute to the expansion of blood vessels and increase the flow of blood to the place on which the medicine was applied. It is these actions that cause the anesthetic effect. Improving the trophism of tissues, as well as improving the metabolism at the site of rubbing, can eliminate inflammation and severe pain. These drugs are most effective in hypothermia, myalgia, "lumbago", and pinching of the sciatic nerve.
Chondoprotectors stimulate the rapid restoration of tissues, preventing the destruction of cartilage tissue. Also improve the trophism of ligaments and muscles in the spine. These drugs contain the active ingredient chondroitin sulfate, which promotes the regeneration of cartilaginous tissue.
Creams for low back pain
Among the creams from low back pain, there are many medications of different pharmacological groups. One of the most popular and effective drugs are nonsteroidal preparations with anti-inflammatory effect, among which, for example, Fastumgel. The effectiveness of the effect is increased by such components as menthol and lavender oil.
Among the creams that give an anesthetic effect are Dolgit, Ketonal, Naise, and Febrofide.
Cream Dolobene eliminates inflammation, and also has a thrombolytic effect.
Preparations Capsicum, Finalgon, as well as Nikoflex have an analgesic effect. They stimulate the process of blood flow to the inflamed place, which allows you to remove the pain.
Creams for pain in the legs
Creams for the removal of pain in the legs, in addition, can relieve the severity of the limbs, swelling and rapid fatigue. They are effective in the early stages of varicose veins, accelerate the healing of trophic ulcers, and qualitatively eliminate corns and calluses on the legs.
To eliminate inflammation that occurs after trauma and rheumatism, Olfen-gel is used, which is able to penetrate the skin and concentrate in the underlying tissues. Analgesic effects help accelerate the process of normalizing the motor function of the limbs.
Removitis is also considered a good remedy - this drug fights against pain in the joints, acts as an anesthetic and a warming medicine. The inflammatory process in the joints and adjacent tissues is reduced, so that the joints regain their former mobility.
Creams for muscle pain
Among the drugs that relieve muscle pain, and also reduce inflammation in the joints and muscle tissues, a cream called "Collagen Ultra." The drug contains active substance glucosamine, which is an effective analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent. Also, the preparation contains collagen hydrolyzate, which accelerates the synthesis of cartilage, connective tissue fibers, and joints, which accelerates the healing process.
Creams for neck pain
Pain in the neck arises because of osteochondrosis of the cervical vertebrae or osteoarthrosis. Painful sensations, as well as limitations in the mobility of the neck appear due to hypothermia, muscle strain, uncomfortable position during sleep, and also with strong phys. Loads. Cream of shark fat and capsicum has a warming and irritating effect, which allows you to remove spasms and relax the muscles of the neck. It also eliminates pain and swelling, improves the regeneration of the joint tissues and restores the structure of the cervical spine.
Creams for muscle pain after training
In Ben-Gay cream contains menthol and methyl salicylate, which allows using this drug as an anesthetic in the presence of muscle pain. Also with his help you can remove the feeling of fatigue that occurs after physical exertion and sports training.
Creams for headache
Cream "Cervidol-forte" from the medicinal series "Herbal ointments" is used to treat headaches that have appeared as a result of occipital (cervical) neuralgia, "lumbago", migraines, and torticollis. With cervical neuralgia, the headache is felt in the occiput, and in some cases can go to the anterior and lateral parts of the head (sometimes it irradiates even into the eyes). Cream "Cervidol" is able to quickly remove pain, since it has an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. After applying the drug, the muscles relax, and the inflammation decreases. The use of the cream improves the lymph drainage, as well as trophic soft tissues due to improved microcirculation.
Creams for pain in the heels
With pain in the heels used various drugs that eliminate discomfort, healing wounds and calluses, reducing inflammation.
Cream "Golden mustache", which contains extract sabelnik, corn oil, eucalyptus, shark fat, plantain, as well as golden mustache. Basically, it is used to remove the burrs, but also with it you can treat skin problems on the heels. To rub a preparation it is necessary twice a day (in the mornings and evenings), then for 2 hours to cover a foot with a warm blanket.
Cream "heel spur", which softens the skin on the heels and relieves inflammation. It is used in the early stages of development of plantar fasciitis - at this stage, an improvement in blood flow in the heel still allows to eliminate the inflammation that has arisen.
The drug "With a calcaneal spur", which contains an extract of a golden mustache, as well as clove oil. These components remove pain in the heels and exostoses. The antiseptic effect of the cream is provided by oil, garlic and pepper, also included in the drug.
Properties of pain creams are examined using Ketonal as an example.
The active component of ketoprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug with an analgesic and antipyretic effect. It slows the action of cyclooxygenase-1 and -2, as well as partially lipoxygenase, which prevents the formation of prostaglandins and bradykinin, so that the lysosomal cell walls are stabilized. The impact of ketoprofen has no negative effect on the state of cartilage in the joints.
The indicators of bioavailability of ketoprofen are more than 90%, with plasma proteins bind by 99%. The maximum concentration in plasma after rubbing reaches a maximum of 15-30 minutes. The substance is able to penetrate into the synovial fluid, and is also metabolized by microsomal hepatic enzymes. Linking to glucuronic acid, ketoprofen under the guise of glucuronide (approximately 90% of the substance) is excreted from the body - about 80% is released through the kidneys, and 10% - through the intestine. Since ketoprofen has a fast metabolism, the half-life is less than 2 hours.
Use of the pain creams during pregnancy
Most painkillers are contraindicated in pregnancy - among them, such drugs as Finalgon. Medicines that contain diclofenac (for example, Nurofen) should not be used in the 3 trimester of pregnancy, and in other periods before taking it, one should consult a doctor. It is also only on the prescription of a doctor that the use of Traumeel is permitted.
Anesthetic creams that are allowed to be used during pregnancy should be made from snake or bee venom. For example, if a pregnant woman feels severe pain in the joints or back, a prescription for the doctor can use Holisal.
Warming creams are also largely forbidden by pregnant women, since the active substances of these drugs easily pass through the placental barrier. Therefore, you can not use such creams as, for example, Viprosal, Apizarthron or Nikofleks. If necessary, the doctor can prescribe a patient to Fastumgel or turpentine ointment. But use these drugs should be very cautious, because they provoke the flow of blood to the place of treatment, resulting in blood draining from the placenta.
Use of creams from pain is contraindicated with the following symptoms:
- High sensitivity to any elements of the drug;
- High sensitivity to such substances as tiaprofenic acid, salicylates, as well as blockers of ultraviolet, fenofibrates and fragrances;
- If the skin is damaged integrity (with dandruff, eczema, infected or open wound);
- If there is an anamnesis about the occurrence of bronchial asthma due to the use of salicylates or NSAIDs;
- Available in the history of the reaction of high photosensitivity;
- On the 3rd trimester of pregnancy;
- Children under 15 years.
With caution, the use of creams for problems with the functioning of the kidney or liver, ulcers and erosions of the gastrointestinal tract, bronchial asthma, blood diseases, heart failure in a chronic form is permitted.
Preparations based on snake / bee venom are forbidden to be applied to the damaged skin. Also it can not be used if there are cracks, scratches, abrasions or small wounds on the palms or fingers. Women are contraindicated in use during critical days.
Warmer creams should not be used if the patient has arthrosis of the knee joint, in which there is severe swelling, since a lot of synovial fluid (with synovitis) or arthritis has accumulated in the knee.
Dosing and administration
Cream Ketonal (about 3-5 cm) should be applied to the skin in a pain-affected place - rub it with gentle massage movements until absorbed completely into the skin. The procedure should be 1-2 r. / Day. The duration of the cream can be a maximum of 2 weeks.
Use of the cream The purpose of T - rub 3-5 r. / Day. With pain in the back. Sometimes a wounded bandage is applied to the affected area.
Traumeel C - the cream should be applied a thin layer on the skin in a place where pain is felt. The procedure is 2-3 r. / Day. The treatment course usually lasts for 3-4 weeks.
Preparations Finalgon and Bethanicomilon are applied in a layer of a maximum of 0.5 cm using an applicator. Rub the cream with gentle movements.
Capsicum is applied in an amount of 1-3 g with soft rubbing. The procedure is performed 2-3 r. / Day. On average, the treatment course lasts a maximum of 10 days.
Chondroitin sulfate is rubbed on the skin for 2-3 minutes, until it is absorbed completely into it. Apply the cream should be 2-3 r. / Day. The duration of the treatment course is from 2 weeks. Up to 3 months. If necessary, the doctor can prescribe a second course.
Diclofenac should be applied to the inflamed area with soft rubbing movements 2-3 r. / Day. The therapeutic course can last for 1-2 weeks, maximum of a day can be applied no more than 8 g of the drug.
Ibuprofen is applied in a layer of 5-10 cm three times a day - it should be rubbed carefully, so that the cream is completely absorbed into the skin. The course lasts from 7-21 days.
Phenylbutazone is used for back pain, back, joints - a strip of 2-3 cm layer, which does not need to be rubbed, applied twice a day in a period of 7-10 days. If the pain continues to be felt after the completion of the treatment course, you need to see the doctor.
Dolobene is applied to the skin 2-4 rubles / day.
When an overdose of cream from pain can be irritated on the skin, severe itching, the development of erythema.
Also, overdose symptoms in some cases may include vision problems, ringing in the ears, dizziness and headaches, diarrhea and vomiting with nausea, discomfort in the epigastric region. Children may have increased blood glucose levels, hyperthermia can be observed.
Interactions with other drugs
Anesthetic creams almost do not interact with other drugs, because they are applied externally - therefore, the amount of the drug that is too small for drug interaction falls into the blood.
It is important to know!
To simplify the perception of information, this instruction for use of the drug "Creams for pain" translated and presented in a special form on the basis of the official instructions for medical use of the drug. Before use read the annotation that came directly to medicines.
Description provided for informational purposes and is not a guide to self-healing. The need for this drug, the purpose of the treatment regimen, methods and dose of the drug is determined solely by the attending physician. Self-medication is dangerous for your health.