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How is transdermal medication administered?

Transdermal is a route of administration wherein active ingredients are delivered across the skin for systemic distribution. Examples include transdermal patches used for medicine delivery. The drug is administered in the form of a patch or ointment that delivers the drug into the circulation for systemic effect.

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In respect to this, how do transdermal medications work?

A transdermal patch is a medicated adhesive patch that is placed on the skin to deliver a specific dose of medication through the skin and into the bloodstream. Often, this promotes healing to an injured area of the body. These patches administered scopolamine for motion sickness.

One may also ask, how are medications absorbed through the skin? Skin absorption is a route by which substances can enter the body through the skin. Along with inhalation, ingestion and injection, dermal absorption is a route of exposure for toxic substances and route of administration for medication. Human skin comes into contact with many agents intentionally and unintentionally.

Similarly, you may ask, what drugs can be delivered transdermally?

Drugs commonly administered transdermally include:

  • Nicotine.
  • Fentanyl (opioid)
  • Nitroglycerine (antianginal)
  • Buprenorphine (opioid)
  • Ensam (antidepressant)
  • Daytrana (transdermal Ritalin)
  • Scopolamine (anti-nausea)
  • Estrogen and testosterone.

Where do you apply a transdermal patch?

Decide where you will place the new patch. Your doctor's instructions and the drug's label or package insert should give information on where to put it. For instance, certain patches should be applied to the upper chest or the upper, outer arm. Others should be placed on the lower abdomen or hip.

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