I've used them for years for back, neck and knee pain. They do not work for everyone but for myself I find them great for some muscular or tissue pain. Alot of folks on the Pain Mangement forum and Back forum use them. It is trial and error.
I get them in a 90 day supply so that it only costs me $100 with my insurance. There is no generic form of it. I want to say a one month supply without insurance was nearly $500! They also make it in a rub and I'm not sure if that is cheaper or not. I never asked.
The ingredient is not a sleeping ingredient, it is the same things as Lidocaine, in fact it is Lidocaine. Lidocaine is a numbing medication like doctors use when doing stitches, dentists use for doing dental work, put in injections so that they numb the area before or while doing an injection, some doctors use it during surgery. They use the long acting form so that when you wake up from sugery you are numbed and the pain is less.
It numbs you, it doesn't put you to sleep or make you drowsy. It is not used to put you to sleep at all. I think you might be confusing the term of anethesia which is easy to do because they are similiar words but mean different things. It is an anethestic not an anethesia product. I get sick from the medication that puts you to sleep as well, I know how you feel. You should not vomit from it because it is not the same. I hope that clarifies it for you some. It is like comparing a medication used to numb tooth aches to a medication that helps you sleep at night, they aren't the same thing.
Some doctors may prescribe them differently than how their white paper says. If you use them regularly you should have blood work done I think it's every 6 months. The medication does get released into your blood stream and can cause long term side effects or damage if not watched. This is why they limit the number of hours and how may patches you can wear at once.
I agree they don't stick to great so I use extra paper tape in the corners to hold them in place. It can take several hours before you actually feel the full effect. As Anne said, make sure you wash your hands good and don't rub your eyes after placing one. Be sure if you have pets or small children you dispose of them properly in a place where they can got accidently get access to them and ingest them.
No matter how great your illness or pain, there's always someone else who may be worse off.
Last edited by Kissa; 10-06-2008 at 10:12 AM.
Reason: added clarification