Features October 2018 Issue

Topical NSAIDs: A Safer Option

Topical NSAIDs: A Safer Option

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) come with potential risks. Topical versions may be an alternative.

Diclofenac gel (Voltaren Gel®) can be used to treat pain from osteoarthritis in the hands, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles and feet. It may be applied four times daily. The liquid formulation (Pennsaid®), which can be used for osteoarthritis of the knee, is applied twice daily. The patch (Flector Patch®) is placed over the painful joint. It should be changed every 12 hours. Without insurance, the patch can be expensive, at over $100 for 10patches.

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