How to use an Anti-Inflammatory Patch

More than five thousand patients have already tested them from They are an effective option for the treatment of this disease. They release the drug with the same effect as the tablets, but without the gastric discomfort. Arthritis is a joint degenerative disease that develops as a result of the passage of time, which is why it occurs, generally, in elderly people. Over the years, various treatments have been tried, locally or systemically, to achieve a satisfactory approach to this condition that is usually located in the knees, hips and joints of the bones, and whose main symptoms are the difficulty to move and pain.

How to place anti-inflammatory patches

In this context, a laboratory called the Beta laboratory presented the anti-inflammatory and analgesic patches of diclofenac, which, after the progressive release of this drug through the skin, achieved systemic activity, that is to say, distance from the application site.

Among the main advantages of this product, whose full name is the Transdermal Administration System (SAT), which has already been used by more than five thousand people, is the possibility to reduce the daily dose of the active ingredient, avoiding, in addition, the gastric discomfort of the oral forms. The patch should be placed in a low hair area and removed every 24 or 48 hours.

The different route of administration of this drug opens the possibility of an administration scheme that offers greater tranquility with respect to the gastric intolerance produced by Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). Diclofenac is, within its category, one of the most anti inflammatory drugs.

According to some researchers of the laboratory, patients have shown wide acceptance of this new form of drug administration, mostly women between 30 and 55 years with chronic pain. They (the researchers) found that this medication interesting, since the placement was very simple and the results obtained were good, similar to those of the oral route. In addition, the diclofenac patches do not detach and are useful in cases of mild pain or moderate associated with osteoarthritis or soft tissue rheumatism. Do Anti-Inflammatory Patches work? The answer is BIG YES!

To note, the transdermal route is novel and reserved for cases with mild to moderate pain. It is a new way to administer, in this case diclofenac, which is one of the oldest and effective treatments that are indicated in general medicine around the world. The use of patches for the treatment of chronic conditions is not a novelty.

Back to the history, research on transdermal patches was born in the 198os, when a Uruguayan researcher based in the United States devised a product for traveler’s dizziness that was placed behind the ear. In the research, some drugs administered topically or locally produced systemic side effects by absorption through the skin, and that it was possible to achieve with certain drugs, adequate transdermal absorption able to achieve a systemic therapeutic action.

The pharmacological challenge is to obtain a product that releases the active principle in an adequate amount, with a manufacturing method that gives it a sufficient life, and that meets the required quality standards. In the case of Beta laboratory’s research, the objective was to determine if a low dose of diclofenac with sustained permanence in blood had the same efficacy as a high dose that lasts a short time in blood as is the case with single-release tablets.

The points to consider for the development of a patch are the selection of the drug, since not everyone can be used in a transdermal, the choice of excipients, the modulation of the release rate of the active ingredient and the determination of the dose.