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Topical anaesthetics and analgesics 

Topical anaesthetics and analgesics
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Topical anaesthetics and analgesics
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William T. Zempsky

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199642656.003.0047
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date: 18 November 2018

Topical administration of anaesthetics and analgesics can allow for the efficient, painless delivery of medications which may reduce systemic side effects associated with the medication while providing clinical advantages over injected or oral administration for the same clinical situation. Topical anaesthetics have become widely used prior to a variety of painful procedures in children including venous access, laceration repair, and injections. Topical administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, lidocaine, capsaicin, and other agents also are useful for a range of conditions including acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain, and neuropathic pain.

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