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Are any of the over-the-counter pain relief creams particularly effective?

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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology
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In brief: Creams

Pain relief creams containing capsaicin seems to be effective after prolonged use on a daily basis.

In brief: Creams

Pain relief creams containing capsaicin seems to be effective after prolonged use on a daily basis.
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
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Dr. Thomas Karelis
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Maybe

Patients may look to otc pain relief creams if they are unable to take certain medications by mouth, usually do to GI upset.
Ultimately, the cause of the pain will determine which treatments will be effective. Muscle & joint pain will respond differently than neurological pain. Muscle & joint pain may respond to aspercreme or biofreeze. Neurological pain may respond to capsaicin cream.

In brief: Maybe

Patients may look to otc pain relief creams if they are unable to take certain medications by mouth, usually do to GI upset.
Ultimately, the cause of the pain will determine which treatments will be effective. Muscle & joint pain will respond differently than neurological pain. Muscle & joint pain may respond to aspercreme or biofreeze. Neurological pain may respond to capsaicin cream.
Dr. Thomas Karelis
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