Topical Analgesics

Topical analgesics are widely available - many without prescription - in a variety of application forms. Some are rubbed onto the skin to produce pain relief, but there are also plasters available on the market.

There is a number of possible definitions for topical analgesics since many different applications fall under this category.

Main categories of topical analgesics include

Rubefacients: traditional formulations based on salicylate and nicotinate esters, capsaicin and capsicumextracts and derivatives
NSAIDs: diclofenac, felbinac, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, piroxicam, naproxen, flurbiprofen and other NSAIDs
A miscellaneous group: including benzydamine, mucopolysaccharide polysulphate, salicylamide and cooling sprays

Other topical analgesics

5% lidocaine medicated plaster


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5% lidocaine medicated plaster


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