Topical therapy involves the use of medications absorbed through the skin via a cream, gel, spray, or patch applied to the affected areas. Although nonprescription topical medications can be purchased, many companies that develop their products through compounding do require prescriptions from a health care provider. Compounding allows for the ingredients and the levels of each to be adjusted to provide patients with an individualized prescription that focuses on their pain sources. Active ingredients in nonprescription topical medications usually consist of capsaicin, salicylates, and counterirritants, but those requiring a prescription may contain different ingredients that target a specific condition or area of the body.
Side effects of topical medications tend to be minimal and localized in comparison to oral medications. Oral medications must make their way through the bloodstream to treat a patient, leaving the potential for it to negatively impact other areas of the body. However, topical medications are absorbed into the body through skin surrounding the affected area, allowing it to concentrate its effects on the intended sites directly; side effects usually remain localized to the application site.
OK Compounding offers creams to treat pain, wounds, scars, migraines, plantar fasciitis, gout, peripheral artery disease, fungal infections, and psoriasis. Led by Dr. Gary Lee and Christopher Parks, the company is located 102 N. Broadway in Skiatook.