Advantages of Topical Agents Over Other Medications

Injections were widely used as the primary treatment modality by physicians. Nowadays, topical agents are widely recommended as the first step of conservative treatment. There are many advantages to using topical agents over other medications. Topical agents are usually available as creams, ointments, gels, lotions, sprays, powders, etc.

Topical Ointment

Let’s see some of the advantages of topical agents:

Alternative to oral medication

Some people struggle with oral medication, especially children. Oral medications can have a hit on your stomach protector and sometimes, lead to vomiting and/or diarrhea. This results in the wastage of medication and slow recovery. With your physician’s advice, you can avoid these problems by switching to an appropriate topical medication.

Reduces risk of gastrointestinal issues

Oral medications can cause a variety of digestive side effects, and result in people eventually stop using them. Topical medications, on the other hand, do not cause these issues.

Fewer risk of drug abuse

Oral medications or injections can easily be abused. This is a high possibility when it comes to pain medications. Such abuse and addiction can be reduced when using topical creams.

Easy to use

Most people fear injections or taking oral tablets. Moreover, tablets and injections affect the whole body, while topical medications only relieve the pain in a specific area of the body and it is easy to apply and manage at home.

Better compliance

Since topical agents are easy to apply and do not cause any pain or discomfort, many people find this more acceptable and are compliant with their treatment.

Easy termination

You can stop using the topical ointments when the problem has resolved and there are no more issues or pain. You could easily adapt to applying this if there is a reoccurrence or apply intermittently when needed.


Topical medication has surely changed the way people look at medication. This is largely due to the fact that topical medication has proven to have more advantages as it provides both systemic and local effects. If you want to know more about topical medication, consult your primary care physician or an orthopedic specialist related to your concerns.

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