The patch will stick to the skin and deliver a steady dose of drug for a prolonged time
Ibuprofen is an effective and widely-used drug for pain relief. Now, researchers have created the world’s first ever ibuprofen patch, which can deliver the drug through skin and relieve pain for up to 12 hours.
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The transparent sticky patch will deliver drug exactly where it needed and provides a steady release of drug for many hours.
With this, researchers have tried to eliminate the risks associated with taking oral pills. Ibuprofen can upset stomach as well as cause bloating, headache and mild aching.
For creating this pain relieving patch, researchers have used polymer technology and incorporated a higher dose of painkiller – up to 30% weight – into the polymer matrix. The patch can be easily applied onto the skin and could help people suffering from chronic conditions like back pain, neuralgia and arthritis, where ingesting medicine through mouth can cause some problems.
“Many commercial patches surprisingly don’t contain any pain relief agents at all, they simply soothe the body by a warming effect,” said Professor David Haddleton from University of Warwick. “Our technology now means that we can for the first time produce patches that contain effective doses of active ingredients such as ibuprofen for which no patches currently exist. Also, we can improve the drug loading and stickiness of patches containing other active ingredients to improve patient comfort and outcome.”
Researchers claim that Ibuprofen patch contains all the right characteristics which make it superior to rest of the pain relief patches. Ability to deliver a consistent and significant dose of drug over a prolonged time is a remarkable achievement for such a small, thin patch. It adheres well to skin and can be removed from skin with comfort and ease. Moreover, the patch leaves no residues after being removed.
The novel ibuprofen patch has just become a reality and it has now opened up the way for developing a range of pain relief products.
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“Our transdermal patch technology expands the range of drugs that can be delivered via skin patches and can significantly increase drug loading capabilities, whilst retaining adhesion and being thin and flexible. Thus our patches will provide a better experience for patients, enhance safety and deliver increased efficacy, which will lead to economic benefits to the healthcare system.”