Transdermal skin patches that contain lidocaine may offer patients relief from chronic pain, according to WebMD. The Lidopain and Lidoderm prescription skin patches both contain lidocaine. Capsaicin medication that can be administered every three months is also available in a transdermal patch and is referred to as Qutenza.
Patients are often started with a low-strength transdermal patch, explains Vadivelu and Hines in a Clinical Interventions in Aging journal article. The purpose of a medicated transdermal patch is to avoid an increase in side effects caused by chronic pain. The prescription patches are designed to relieve or reduce the amount of pain patients experience. Individuals should consult with a physician to determine appropriate treatment and use of transdermal patches.