Posts Tagged ‘Topical Medications Defined’

Topical Medications Defined

The definition of topical medications is a drug or compound that is passively absorbed across or into the skin.  This form of delivery method works by diffusing the medicine through the outer layer of skin, or epidermis, to the inner layer, or dermis, where the body’s capillary network picks it up.

Topical medications are applied at the site of the trouble for a localized treatment of the tissue in muscle, synovium, tendons, ligaments and joints.

When you use a topical medication it is important to keep it at room temperature.  Anything cooler or warmer than this will break down the compound and decrease its efficacy.  So keep this in mind when traveling.  An insulated case is the best method of transportation rather than the hot trunk of a car or the sub-freezing cargo hold of a plane.

Topical medications have several advantages over systemic ones taken by pill.  First, they don’t require the body to metabolize them with a journey through the gastro-intestinal tract and the various side-effects that can come with it.

Topical meds are formulated to time the release of the compound through the absorption of the skin, and therefore delivery of the medication is controlled.

In the case of minor skin irritation, the medication can be applied on a slightly different area for the same result.

Research shows patients comply with taking their topical medications better than their pills or liquids.

There are some disadvantages to drugs applied on the skin.  Not all medications can traverse the layer of skin called the stratum corneum.  In some cases, particularly corticosteroids, the retention of the medication in the stratum corneum delays the delivery of the drug by up to 72 hours after it is applied.

As with all medications, there is a risk of allergic reaction so talk to your doctor or holistic healer before taking any topical medication

This post is for educational purposes only and does not infer that any products on this website are intended for human use.