Unlike normal painkillers, this wearable pain killer patch delivers medicine directly to the affected area!
The most common thing that a person does, whenever he/she gets hurt and experience pain is to pop a pain killer. The over the counter medication is perfect for many people to get rid of normal pain generated from minor injuries and aches.
But no one actually knows how painkillers work. Painkillers come with their own side effects as they not only affect the area that is aching, it also affects the surrounding areas. So in order to avoid that thing, scientist have found a way to deliver medicine directly to the affected area.
All you need to do is buy a wearable patch and put it on the area and voila, all your troubles are gone within a few minutes. Here is all the information you need to know about the said patch. But before that, let us take a look at the main ingredient which makes up this patch.
Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), used to relieve pain, deal with fever and reduce any swelling in the body.
Most of the people get better with any NSAID they take, but it is recommended that one should try another, if the one you are taking is not working. Ibuprofen is a drug that is easily available over the counter and is used to treat pains like osteoarthritis, dental pain, pain from menstruation and other pains.
But like all drugs, it has side effects, they include nausea, dyspepsia, diarrhoea, constipation, nose bleed amongst others. Try not to depend too much on the drug, since the body can become habitual and non-responsive to the drug over the time.
2 The ibuprofen patch
Medherant, a spin off company of the University of Warwick in UK has come up with a brilliant solution to get the painkillers right where the pain is instead of the whole body. They have invented an ibuprofen patch that can be stuck right on the area where the pain is present.
You do not need to swallow any tablet or drink any syrup, you just have to stick a patch on the affected area and the ibuprofen will be absorbed by the skin. Though currently ibuprofen gels are available in the market but it is very difficult for users to gauge the correct dosage of gels to apply for maximum relief.
3 What is the patch made of and how does it work?
The patch is a square transparent thing made up of a polymer matric that was specially invented and developed for this purpose. The patch contains ibuprofen to upto 30% of the patch’s weight, but is sticky enough to stay on the skin for extended period of time.
When the patch is applied on the skin, the skin gradually leaches the ibuprofen from the patch and absorbs the medicine at a controlled rate. The patch can stay active to upto 12 hours.
4 Benefits of the patch
The biggest benefit of the patch is that the concentrated quantity of the painkiller directly goes on to the affected area without traveling throughout the body, hence causing less side effects and a direct relief to the patient.
Also the University calls the patch cosmetically pleasing, thanks to the transparency and also to the fact that it doesn’t affect the style of the fashion oriented people. Nigel Davis, the CEO of the company that has developed the patch says that, “next-generation transdermal drug-delivery platform. The patch development could have implications for other drugs beyond ibuprofen, and further testing is planned.”
This patch is a boon to people who cannot take oral ibuprofen for medicinal reasons and for specific areas like pulled muscle or arthritis.