"Fastum gel" is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic agent that is actively used in medical practice by rheumatologists, traumatologists and surgeons. Use the gel for external use only. It is sold in tubes of different sizes, dispensed without a prescription. It can cause side reactions, so you need to use it strictly according to the instructions.
Composition and form of release
"Fastum gel" is sold in tubes in the form of a transparent gel of light texture with a pleasant smell. The drug is based on an anti-inflammatory nonsteroidal substance called ketoprofen. Excipients are: ethyl alcohol, distilled water, carbomer 940, lavender and Neroli oil, diethanolamine.
The drug belongs to NSAIDs. Designed for topical use.
Pharmacology and pharmacokinetics
The active substance slows down the synthesis of prostaglandins, relieves pain and relieves inflammation of the joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons.
Absorption of the gel through the skin is very slow, bioavailability is only 5%. The maximum concentration in the blood of "Fastum gel" reaches in 5-8 hours. It does not accumulate in the body, does not have a toxic effect.
Since "Fastum Gel" perfectly relieves pain and inflammation, it is included in the therapy of the musculoskeletal system. With the help of it, articular syndrome is treated, the exacerbation of which provokes gout.
The drug proved to be excellent in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis. Traumatologists prescribe it for osteochondrosis, which is accompanied by radicular syndrome.
With the help of the drug "Fastum Gel" is treated such a chronic joint disease as psoriatic arthritis. It is also used for osteoarthritis, bursitis, lumbago, sciatica, rheumatism.
The gel is included in the treatment of inflammatory lesions of ligaments and tendons, myalgia. The drug is effective for post-traumatic inflammation of the musculoskeletal system and soft tissues.
Surgeons prescribe this drug to patients who are treated with bruises, dislocations, muscle sprains. It is used by neurosurgeons for venous thrombophlebitis, lymphangitis.
"Fastum gel" is not recommended for people who are allergic to any substance that is part of the gel. It is worth abandoning it if you have a history of attacks of bronchospasm, rhinitis, urticaria, which are caused by intolerance to acetylsalicylic acid. You should not include it in treatment if signs of allergy to other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have been previously identified.
The local drug is not used in case of weeping dermatoses, eczema, as it can aggravate the skin condition. It is also dangerous in the presence of infected wounds and abrasions.
During pregnancy, the use of the gel is allowed in the first two trimesters. Since the active substance can pass into breast milk, breastfeeding should be discontinued during treatment.
Pediatricians advise against the use of a topical anti-inflammatory agent for patients under 12 years of age.
Fastum gel is prescribed very carefully if the patient has ulcerative lesions of the stomach and intestines, chronic heart disease, kidney dysfunction and liver problems. People suffering from bronchial asthma are kept under control during therapy.
Mode of application
Fastum gel can only be used externally. The surface of the skin over the focus of inflammation should be treated 1-2 times a day with a small amount of the product. The gel should be applied in a thin layer with massage rubbing movements until completely absorbed. To enhance the effect, it is possible to use an anti-inflammatory drug during physiotherapy.The dosage and duration of gel treatment is selected by the doctor individually, on average, the course lasts for 10 days.
The preparation "Fastum gel" is not toxic, therefore it rarely causes allergic reactions. However, cases of urticaria and itching have been recorded. There were also signs of photosensitivity, contact and bullous dermatitis.
In case of an overdose of the drug, the development of unpleasant processes from the gastrointestinal tract is possible. If you experience side effects, you should consult your doctor.
Interaction with other drugs
Since "Fastum gel" can cause an increase in the body's sensitivity to UV rays, you need to carefully apply it with drugs that have the same side effect. If the patient is taking coumarin anticoagulants, the attending physician should be aware of this.
After applying the gel to the skin, wash your hands thoroughly. If the product gets into the eyes, open wounds, inflamed skin or nasal mucosa, rinse the area with plenty of water. Under no circumstances should an airtight dressing be applied to the treated skin area.
It should be noted that prolonged use of the gel can lead to skin irritation. During therapy and 2 weeks after its completion, the skin should be protected from the sun, and the solarium should be abandoned.
"Fastum gel" does not affect concentration and can be applied to drivers and people working in hazardous areas of production.
is one of the most sought-after anti-inflammatory drugs, but not everyone can afford to buy it. The pharmacy sells other better-priced topical products.
"Ketoprofen". From the name it is clear that it contains the same active ingredient as Fastum Gel. Its low cost is due to the fact that it contains no aromatic oils and substances that give a cooling effect. The cost of 30 g of funds is 50 rubles.
- another analogue of the drug. This product contains lavender oil, so it has a pleasant smell. It costs about 60 rubles for 50 g of gel.
- a domestic analogue that has the same main component. Made with the same oils, it has exactly the same effect. The price for 30 g of gel is 180 rubles.
Reviews about "Fastum gel"
Judging by the reviews, Fastum Gel helps, although not the first time. Its cost is quite affordable - about 250 rubles for 30 g. Some people use it only for the purpose of anesthesia, for example, with a tram of tissues. It has a pleasant smell, light texture, absorbs quickly, does not leave greasy stains on clothes.
One woman was diagnosed with protrusion of the spine in the lumbar spine. She did not want to take pills, thereby having a negative effect on the stomach. The doctor advised Fastum Gel. The patient applies it to the lower back immediately when pain occurs. After 15 minutes, the pain fades away.
It can be used as an emergency remedy. A woman's child, while riding a bicycle, sprained a ligament. The pain was intense. In the home medicine cabinet there was a gel that relieved pain in a few minutes.
But there are also negative reviews about the drug. The man chilled his neck, so much so that he could not move his head. There was no time to go to the clinic, and he went to the pharmacy, where he was advised "Fastum gel". After applying the drug, the pain did not decrease, and even after a day. The man still had to go to the local doctor, who advised him a cheaper but effective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
In any case, it is worth using this gel after examining the body, since pain can be caused by completely different reasons.