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Old 02-17-2010, 12:51 PM   #11
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So it does the same thing the heat Ive been using for my tendons has been doing.

Steriods also works for my tendonitis. I had some electronically injected into my wrists a couple times.
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Old 02-17-2010, 03:08 PM   #12
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Corticosteroids do not work by the "increasing blood flow" mechanism.

Corticosteroid injections do locally weaken tendons and ligaments over time (and yes, sometimes they even resolve inflammation problems).
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Old 02-18-2010, 03:32 AM   #13
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very, very interesting.
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:15 PM   #14
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Howell, what size and brand name are the nitroglycerin patches that were prescribed to you?
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:41 PM   #15
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Dr. G, the brand is Mylan. The product is called Nitroglycerin Transdermal System, dosage rate 0.2 mg/hr. I'll try to upload a picture tomorrow when I get access to a better camera.

Edit: Actual size is 8 cm^2, recommended application is cutting into quarters for a lower dosage. I also experimented with using an eighth's portion depending on how the tendon is feeling and how long I've been patching it.
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:26 PM   #16
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And what were your dosing instructions over time (it sounds like they change)?
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:12 AM   #17
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The instructions were to "Cut into quarters and apply to tendon every day." Each patch was good for 24 hours. I patched continuously and replaced daily, moving each successive patch to an adjacent spot as I found that if the patch was kept on the same spot for too long, I would develop an acne like reaction.
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:21 PM   #18
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Gracias. I'm now checking with my local pharmacy for a patient with lateral epicondylitis.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:39 PM   #19
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Is anyone still using this? I've had it prescribed for my hamstring tendon at the insertion point... yes, I have a pain in the A$$!! lol
I have a couple questions: did any one have any side effects from this patch? I feel really funny after workouts, especially cardio.
Is it really going to work on such an area? It's larger than ankle, or knee, or even shoulder - deeper...
I'm only 4 days into the treatment... so i'm hoping to see something soon. Just thought I'd ask as this is the only place I've found any good discussion on this off-lable use.

Thanks!
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