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What are anti-inflammatory pain patches?

Juan P. Villablanca, MD
Neuroradiology
An anti-inflammatory pain patch is a patch that contains a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). When the patch is applied to your skin, your body absorbs the NSAID medication, which delivers pain relief. If your pain is severe, a small amount of narcotic analgesic can be delivered through these patches as well. Generally, the people who receive patches are those who have had a number of complicated surgeries over the years. It’s not common for these types of patches to be prescribed to the average person.

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