transdermal application of medication

Transdermal Application of Medication

Top Care for Our Patients

Oftentimes patients experience unpleasant side effects from oral pain medication or simply require a noninvasive, non stressful method of application. Lakeview Pharmacy uses special gels and creams with penetration enhancers to help the medication pass through the skin and into the specific treatment area or bloodstream to circulate throughout the body.

The following medications are given transdermally without GI (gastrointestinal) side effects.

Topical Pain Creams (Ketprofen, and Ketprofen with Lidocaine or Cyclobenzaprine)

This cream is applied topically to the site of pain and decreases the amount of stomach nausea associated with oral medications.

Topical Metformin Cream

Metformin is given transdermally for Diabetes and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). By bypassing the gastrointestinal system, we decrease the common side effects of nausea, vomiting, gas, bloating, diarrhea and loss of appetite.

Topical Promethazine Cream

Currently, antiemetics are manufactured in oral, injectable and suppository formulations. However, oral administration may be ineffective because of emesis, many patients refuse suppositories, and injections are not feasible in outpatient settings. This topical cream is used primarily for nausea and vomiting.

Topical ABHR (Ativan, Benadryl, Haldol, Reglan)

Near the end stages of their lives, hospice patients often suffer from nausea, vomiting and other distressing symptoms and side effects of medications or from their underlying disease state. These unpleasant side effects can greatly diminish their quality of life. Effective pharmacotherapy is available, however in many cases traditional dosage forms are incompatible with the patient’s physical condition, cause discomfort or are difficult for family members to administer. In these cases, a compounded preparation containing lorazepam, diphenhydramine, haloperidol and metoclopramide- commonly referred to as ABHR cream, has proven highly effective.


As one of Racine’s last independent pharmacies, Lakeview Pharmacy keeps a careful watch over each patient to ensure the best possible care. We listen. We pay attention. We catch what doctors miss.

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