New Ibuprofen Patch Delivers Relief Without Side Effects of Oral Doses
Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) commonly used to treat acute and chronic pain. Available over-the-counter in pill form, the medication is generally safe but can cause serious side effects if used over long periods of time. People who take ibuprofen for chronic pain may be at risk of developing ulcers, bleeding or holes in the digestive tract, and suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Researchers at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom may have an alternative method of ibuprofen delivery that provides the same level of relief without the risk of these potentially disabling or fatal side effects. Using a transdermal patch, ibuprofen is delivered simply by placing the transparent patch on a patient’s skin.
The patch is lightweight, easily applied and removed, and can stay in place for up to 12 hours. While the patch is on the skin, steady amounts of ibuprofen are transferred into the patient’s body, giving long-lasting relief and reducing the risk of overdosing.
The researchers are looking into applying the polymer patch technology to other medications. The ibuprofen patch hopes to be on the market within two years, and the team is already looking at testing the technology with other pain medications and drugs for other uses.
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