Topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a group of medications commonly used to treat pain and reduce inflammation. They are commonly used for muscle and joint pain or swelling. They are available as either a gel, cream or patch.Examples of topical NSAIDs available without requiring a prescription include Diclofenac, Flurbiprofen, Ketoprofen and Piroxicam.
Topical NSAIDs are usually well-tolerated. Common side effects may include mild redness and irritation at the area on which the medication is applied.
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these rare symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
Do not use any airtight bandage or dressing over the area of application. This may increase the risk of side effects.
For creams or gels, apply a thin layer on the affected area and gently rub it into the skin as required 2 or 3 times a day.
For plasters, apply 1 plaster on the affected area as required. Each plaster will last for 12 hours. The plasters are not waterproof.
Do not exceed the frequency of use recommended by the manufacturer.
Do not apply BOTH the cream or gel and the plaster on the same area of skin.
Avoid applying the medication on irritated or broken skin and areas near the eyes, mouth, nose and genitals.
As topical NSAIDs are used frequently or when needed to relieve pain and swelling, it is not necessary to apply it on a fixed schedule. Please check with your healthcare professional if you are unsure.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.
If you did not experience improvement in pain or it worsens after 7 days of treatment, your condition may be too serious for self-treatment. You should consult a healthcare professional.