Navigation Links
Non-cocaine, topical anaesthetics can kill pain when repairing skin wounds
Date:7/27/2011

While some pain killers need to be injected into the damaged tissue in order to work, topical anaesthetics only need to be spread on the surface. The earliest examples of "topical" anaesthetics contained cocaine, but now a new systematic review has shown that newer agents that don't contain cocaine can effectively treat pain caused by torn skin. This makes these pain killers an attractive choice for doctors who need to sew-up a patient's skin wound.

This finding was reached after a team of Cochrane researchers analysed data from 32 randomised control trials that together involved 3128 patients.

Wiping or placing an anaesthetic cream, gel or patch onto damage skin can be easier to perform and less painful to the patient than injecting a pain killer through a needle. The first versions of this form of pain killer used cocaine. That, however, makes the pain killer difficult to use in practice, because there are concerns over possible harms and in many countries cocaine use is tightly controlled. Consequently the pharmaceutical industry has produced a range of non-cocaine topical anaesthetics.

"The research clearly showed that cocaine-free topical anaesthetics can substantially reduce pain without triggering serious side effects," says the study's lead researcher Anthony Eidelman, who works at the Olathe Medical Centre in Kansas, USA. He adds that because the trials varied widely in the ways that they were performed and the ways that pain was measured, his team was unable to draw any more detailed conclusions.

"We need to encourage people to do more research using non-cocaine topical anaesthetics, but this time perform the research in ways that are sufficiently rigorous. These agents look promising at the moment, but it would be great to confirm their value with high-quality research," says Eidelman.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jennifer Beal
healthnews@wiley.com
44-124-377-0633
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Ancient Minerals Topical Magnesium Oil Now Available in the UK
2. COPPERTONE(R) Solar Research Center Unveils Studies on Efficacy of Topical Antioxidants in Sunscreens at 2010 Annual Meeting of The American Academy of Dermatology
3. Topical Drugs May Pollute Waterways
4. Hair Loss Doctor Overcomes Odds To Produce First Ever Combination Topical Hair Growth Formula
5. Use of topical corticosteroids in children with eczema does not have negative side effects
6. Topical treatment may prevent melanoma
7. Natures elegant solution to repairing DNA in cancer, other conditions
8. Healing Wounds and Hearts: Warrior Weekend Helps Soldiers and Marines Relax and Recover
9. Stitching Wounds May Be Safer Than Stapling
10. Secret to healing chronic wounds might lie in tiny pieces of silent RNA
11. Discovery could help diabetics and others with slow-to-heal wounds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... Peter ... the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project , ... , The Innovation to Action Award, a USAID Catalyst Award, recognizes USAID ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... ... exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through a ... to Texas as a part of its national Swirl: A Wine Tasting Event ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... The American College of ... its recently formed Corporate Roundtable, a group of individuals and organizations whose collective ... , Canyon Ranch is a unique collection of lifestyle-based immersion vacation settings and ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... The American Board of Multiple ... for the discomforts and hidden dangers of foot fungus, particularly in the warm ... risk for developing fungal infections on the feet or toenails, the Board says. ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... Leonard I. Linkow, DDS, DMSC, sets a new ... Xlibris on July of 2014). This book details the recent advances and techniques in ... benefit people who have lost all of their natural teeth . , In ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/12/2017)... , Sept. 12, 2017  Consumer reviews on the independent review ... as the number one company for hearing aids, ranking it higher ... other brands. ... Named #1 by Consumers For Hearing Aids ... Embrace Hearing is an online store that provides high performance, state-of-the-art, ...
(Date:9/9/2017)... , Sept. 8, 2017 ... Mobile MRI Unit coming to Washington DC ... When: Tuesday, September 12 th – Monday, September 18 ... D.C. offering free MRI brain scans to the public.Where:  ... be parked at 501 K Street NW, Washington, D.C.What:BTF brings its nationwide ...
(Date:9/9/2017)... 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... data for lasmiditan, an investigational, oral, first-in-class molecule for ... improvements compared to placebo in the Phase 3 SPARTAN ... 18th Congress of the International Headache Society (IHC) in ... presented today demonstrate lasmiditan,s potential to reduce pain and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: