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   Posted 3/26/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I was prescribed these by my pain Dr. yesterday for a strained Rhomboid muscle in my back . I got them but am reluctant in trying them . Has anybody tried them and what was your out come. I have heard some have good luck other nothing

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   Posted 3/26/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   

I've tried them. Unfortunately they didn't help me, but I definitely wouldn't be hesitant to try them if I were you. They are essentially transdermal ibuprofen - all the benefit of ibuprofen without the damage to your organs! :)


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   Posted 12/31/2009 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
razzle51, I am curious to know how the patches worked out for you.


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   Posted 1/10/2010 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I am also very curious how they worked. I kind of looked them up, and although they dont sound very strong it does sound benifical to bypass the stomach as an ibprofin based drug has its fall backs on the liver. Report back!

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   Posted 1/11/2010 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Personally I like these but it took using them for a few days, they do nothing for major pain, but after the major pain has been eliminated by oral pain medsn these patches get rid of the crampy lower back feeling that I ALWAYS have. Sometime's my back pain is too much but a lot of times the Flector gets rid of it.
27 yrs old-Fibromyalgia; PCOS; Surgery induced Menopause; Classic Migraines with Aura; Neuropathy; Ankylosing Spondylitis w/ narrowing around the spinal cord; Spinal Stenosis of the Cervical & Lumbar Spine; other little things
Medications for pain: Oxycontin; Soma **will update when change meds for sleep, etc.
Other treatment: Aquatic Therapy (still have to start); Sleep Study (need a sitter)

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   Posted 1/11/2010 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Razzle, Flector patch is not ibuprofen; it is transdermal diclofenac a NSAID. If it does not work Arthrotec is diclofenac and misoprostol. Misoprostol is a postoglandin analog which protects the stomach and GI track. If your insurance will not cover it both components can be gotten in generic seperatly.

deb in indiana
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   Posted 1/12/2010 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been using these patches for several years and they do wonders for my lower back pain and shoulder pain from my fm and arthtris pain plus i take meds also

deb in indiana
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   Posted 1/12/2010 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
My insurance quit paying for them i get 60 a month and they cost almost 400 dollars but my doctor wrote then a letter and they started to cover again

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   Posted 1/13/2010 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
What a timely post. These were prescribed to me on Monday. I haven't really seen much from them yet but it's still early. My pharmacist had never prescribed them before, so she didn't really have anything to tell me. Anything I should watch out for?
Pain Issue: Sub-scapular bursitis, scapular dyskinesia, nerve damage down left arm, shoulder and neck
Treatment: PT, Tens Unit, Oxycodone, Diazepan, Hydrocodone-APAP, Tramadol, Voltaren/Duac gel

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   Posted 1/13/2010 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
among a lot of other pain meds, the patches are costly, but my rhuemy gives me samples & coupons that help a lot.  i use them for both hips due to major burning & pain during the night.  they hurt during the day but not that much.  anyway, they r a miracle for me.  i tried to elminate some of my other meds but i have to take all for everything to be effective.  sometimes i try not to put the patches on and sure enough the burning at night is unbearable.  so, now i put them on everynight, with skipping just one night to save on money.  good luck they're worth it. 

Dx with CD 1987, 3 colon resections, 3 rectal abscess sx, 2 level anterior cervical neck fusion with plate & screws,6/2008. Major depression/anxiety, kidney stones & sx to remove, now 46 yrs old.  Still trying to figure out this disease & all the extra complications that come with this rollarcoaster of a life with CD. Meds:Humira 40mg every other wk, Imuran .75 daily, welchol 625 x 3 daily, Paxil 20 mg 2xdaily, Wellbutrin xl 300mg 1x daily, folic acid,Vit B12,inject monthly, Oscal w/Vit D, xanex .5 nightly, Gabapentin 600 mg 3x daily, Soma 250 mg nightly & Tramadol/apap 37.5/325 mg prn, vicodin prn. nsaid patches bursitis hips.          

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   Posted 1/14/2010 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I like my flector patches. They don't reduce pain the way the lidoderm patches do and I use them for pain that is more associated with inflammation. I get to put them on the spot and I generally use them at night, while I sleep, to help relieve pain from arthritis in my neck. They do make me sweat more.
I like that I can use them instead of pills, some of which leave me a bit wonky and mess with my sleep sometimes.

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