Why is Pennsaid® Only For Knees?
Pennsaid® is a popular topical medication that is used to treat the pain of osteoarthritis in the knee. But why is it only restricted to knees?
The Active Ingredient
Pennsaid® is a topical medication that contains the active ingredient diclofenac sodium. This ingredient is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), which is a type of drug that has been used for decades to treat pain, inflammation, and swelling. Because diclofenac sodium is absorbed through the skin, it can effectively target specific areas of the body like the knee.
Pennsaid® should not be used on any other part of the body than the knee. This is due to several reasons:
- Skin Absorption: Since the active ingredient is absorbed through the skin, Pennsaid® is more likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream when applied to thinner skin, such as that on the face, chest, or hands. This can increase the risk of side effects.
- Skin Irritation: The skin on the knee is thicker than that of other parts of the body, so it is less likely to be irritated by Pennsaid®. Applying it to thinner skin could cause redness, itching, burning, or other forms of discomfort.
- No Evidence of Benefit: There is no evidence to suggest that Pennsaid® is effective at targeting conditions on any other part of the body besides the knee.
If you are looking for alternatives to Pennsaid® for your arthritic pain, there are several options available. These include over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, or prescription-strength NSAIDs, such as celecoxib or diclofenac. Your doctor can also recommend other treatments, such as physical therapy or lifestyle changes, that can reduce your symptoms.
In conclusion, Pennsaid® is a medication specifically designed for knee pain, and should not be used on other parts of the body. If you are experiencing any other type of pain, talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for your condition.
4. Are there any alternative therapies to Pennsaid for knee pain treatment?
Yes, there are a number of alternative therapies for knee pain treatment. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen may be used to reduce pain and swelling. Physiotherapy, including stretching, strengthening and exercises, can be used to help reduce the pain and improve mobility. Acupuncture or acupressure may help reduce pain and stiffness. Heat and cold therapy, such as hot or cold packs, can provide relief. Cryotherapy, which involves freezing the tissue in the knee joint, is also used as an alternative therapy. Additionally, natural remedies such as herbal supplements, glucosamine, and chondroitin are also widely used to support cartilage health and promote joint health.
5. How often can Pennsaid be used for knee pain relief?
Pennsaid is typically used twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. The maximum recommended dose is no more than four times per day.
1. What type of knee pain does Pennsaid treat?
Pennsaid is approved for the treatment of pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.