Increasing interest in topical treatment of chronic pain
Topical treatments in pain are increasingly mentioned as important for the treatment of localized neuropathic pain. In the graph below we see a steady increase of papers related to the item ‘topical treatment of pain’.
- No systemic exposure
- Low propensity for side effects and drug-drug interactions
- Absence of addictive and abuse potential
- No gastric disturbances, first-pass hepatic metabolism, and variable serum concentrations
- Rub it in where it hurts
- Localized relief of localized pain
- No loss of sensation (compared to topical anaesthetics)
- Combinations between various compounds feasible
- Potential of value of various formulations in a number of pain states: peripheral neuropathic pain such as diabetic neuropathic pain, post-herpetic neuralgia, chemotherapy induced polyneuropathy, chronic idiopathic axonal polyneuropathy, small fiber neuropathy, complex regional pain syndrome, phantom pain, post-thoracic pain, scar-pain, etc.