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What are side effects of arthritis creams and patches?

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Arthritis creams and patches are usually well tolerated, but skin irritation is possible. Symptoms include redness or burning where you applied the cream or patch. If you notice any symptoms, talk to your doctor to see if you should stop using the product. Allergic reactions can also happen. If you have signs of a severe allergic reaction -- hives, difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face -- you should stop using the product get medical help right away.

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Rub It On: Topical Analgesics." Gammaitoni, A. Current Medical Research and Opinion, 2004. Towheed, T. Journal of Rheumatology. 2006. Fidelix, T. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2006. Galer B, Kivitz A, Fairfax M, et. al. "A randomized, open-label study comparing the efficacy and safety of lidocaine patch 5% with celecoxib 200 mg in patients with pain from osteoarthritis of the knee:" Presented at the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society, March 30-April 2, 2005. 

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 6, 2020

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Rub It On: Topical Analgesics." Gammaitoni, A. Current Medical Research and Opinion, 2004. Towheed, T. Journal of Rheumatology. 2006. Fidelix, T. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2006. Galer B, Kivitz A, Fairfax M, et. al. "A randomized, open-label study comparing the efficacy and safety of lidocaine patch 5% with celecoxib 200 mg in patients with pain from osteoarthritis of the knee:" Presented at the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society, March 30-April 2, 2005. 

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 6, 2020

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