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BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1400
  1. Harvey Marcovitch, syndication editor (
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    Diclofenac patches are promising in acute sports injuries

    A newly developed formulation of diclofenac as an adhesive patch was used in a randomised controlled trial to treat 120 sportsmen and women within three hours of an acute impact injury. By one week, 73% of “patch” patients reported pain resolution compared with fewer than 7% of controls. No systemic adverse events were disclosed, consistent with the patch producing plasma levels of the drug several orders of magnitude lower than standard oral therapy. Minor rashes and irritation were similar in the two groups. The investigators, including representatives of the manufacturers, conclude that diclofenac patches might prove useful for rapid alleviation of pain and limitation of function in sports injuries.

    Br J Sports Med 2004;38: 318-23

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