Comparative Tissue Absorption of Oral 14C‐Aspirin and Topical Triethanolamine 14C‐Salicylate in Human and Canine Knee Joints

JOSEPH L. RABINOWITZ, ELLA S. FELDMAN, ABRAHAM WEINBERGER, H. RALPH SCHUMACHER

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Abstract

Abstract: The local, articular, and systemic absorption of oral and topical salicylates was studied in dogs and humans using radioisotope techniques. Topical triethanolamine 14C‐salicylate was found capable of percutaneous absorption into the knee joint and surrounding tissues. In dogs, topical salicylate application resulted in higher salicylate concentrations than oral aspirin in a number of tissues, despite lower blood levels. In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, intraarticular 14C‐salicylate levels after triethanolamine 14C‐salicylate cream were 60 per cent of those obtained with oral aspirin. Four of six patients reported equal improvement in local discomfort after oral and topical salicylates. A potential role for topical salicylate cream in the treatment of localized rheumatic disorders is suggested. 1982 American College of Clinical Pharmacology

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-48
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Pharmacology
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1982
Externally publishedYes

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