Topical analgesics in the management of acute and chronic pain.

  title={Topical analgesics in the management of acute and chronic pain.},
  author={Charles E. Argoff},
  journal={Mayo Clinic proceedings},
  volume={88 2},
Oral analgesics are commonly prescribed for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, but these agents often produce adverse systemic effects, which sometimes are severe. Topical analgesics offer the potential to provide the same analgesic relief provided by oral analgesics but with minimal adverse systemic effects. This article describes the results of a systematic review of the efficacy of topical analgesics in the management of acute and chronic pain conditions. A literature search of MEDLINE… CONTINUE READING
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