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
traditional formulations based on salicylate and nicotinate esters, capsaicin and capsicumextracts and derivatives
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 plaster:
The lidocaine plaster develops its analgesic efficacy based on two different principles:
The 5% lidocaine medicated plaster is indicated for neuropathic pain following a herpes zoster infection (post-herpetic neuralgia).