For Lower Back Pain Management
Ointments are topical medications applied to the surface of the body or mucous membranes such as the eyes, ears, or throat to treat a variety of conditions such as sore muscles, rashes, acne and minor cuts.
Consult with your physician to discuss which ointment would be best for you. Make sure to disclose any allergies to prevent any adverse reactions. Follow directions on the label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take only as directed.
REMINDER: You should always talk to your doctor before beginning a new medication regimen. These suggestions do not to substitute for medical advice. Please consult your physician.
Types of Ointments
Brand Name(s): Zostrix
Relieves: Pain in the nerve endings in the skin associated with shingles, which is caused by infection with varicella zoster virus due to neuralgia, arthritis, diabetic neuropathy and post-operative pain.
Available Over-the-Counter: Yes
Mechanism of action: Capsaicin reduces substance P (a natural substance in the body) which is involved in the release of enzymes which produce inflammation and the transmission of pain impulses to the central nervous system.
- Common: burning locally when cream applied
- Less common: skin redness, coughing, sneezing
Note: Do not use Capsaicin if you are allergic to chili peppers. Avoid getting capsaicin topical in your mouth, eyes, ears or nose. Do not apply to open wounds or irritated skin. Capsaicin is not for patients under 18 years of age.