Pain patches are extremely popular, probably because they provide some form of pain relief; however, they are very expensive. Homemade pain patches are ridiculously easy to make if you know how. There are many different ingredients that can be used in a pain patch, some of them work better than others and some can cause allergic reactions, so be careful and test it first on a small patch before using.
Home-made Pain Patches
Xyloderm patches contain 5% lidocaine which is highly poisonous by mouth and some doctors may ask you to sign a waiver stating that you understand the dangers of ingesting the drug. Used topically, however, it has no effect whatsoever. When making home-made patches with lidocaine, you can up the dose to 10% and theoretically you can even go up to 60%. However, because lidocaine is highly acidic, a dose this high may cause skin irritation. Some people add baking soda to counteract the acidity, but too much baking soda will render the lidocaine inert. How to make Homemade Lidocaine Based Pain Patches
Get a prescription from your doctor for 100 grams of Lidocaine HCI Powder. It will be available from a compounding pharmacy or you can ask your pharmacy to order it for you. One teaspoon of Lidocaine HCI Powder is equal to 2.4 grams.
Note: Do not buy ‘Licocaine Base’ as it has zero solubility.
Recipe for Lidocaine Mix
Ingredients for a 5% Lidocaine Base
1 Packet Gelatin
2/3 cup/160ml distilled water
8 grams Lidocaine HCI Powder (3 x 1/3 teaspoons)
Oven Strength Heavy Aluminum Foil
Flat oven pan used for baking biscuits
Heat the water to boiling point and remove from the hob.
Add the contents of the packet of gelatin and stir until dissolved.
Add the lidocaine HCI powder and stir until dissolved.
Place a piece of aluminum foil the size of the area you wish to cover onto the baking sheet.
Pour the gelatin and lidocaine mixture onto the foil and spread it out.
Leave the mixture to cool down. It may take some time for the mixture to dry out enough to become tacky.
When the mixture is tacky enough it will stick to the skin by itself. For overnight use you may need tape to keep it in place or cover it with a bandage.
Apply to the pain area and you have your own homemade pain patch.
You can make a batch of pain patches by increasing the ingredients accordingly.
When tested these pain patches have been known to reduce pain between 20% and 80%, depending on the size and the site of the pain. To increase the effectiveness you can make a stronger mix for example with 10% lidocaine. You can increase the percentage of lidocaine but be careful of an acidic reaction.
The patches can be re-used and when they dry out too much they can be heated by using a blow dryer on the aluminum side of the patch. This will melt the mixture and make it tackier, helping it to stick better.
Use an old extra-large muffin pan and cut the foil in circles to fit into the bottom. This way you can make a few smaller patches and being round they won’t need trimming.
Aluminum foil may be noisy at night. As an alternative you can buy one of those tinfoil space age blankets from a dollar store which won’t make a noise and can be reused several times, and is softer than aluminum foil. To know more about us visit the website at www.luminas.com/pain-patch.