From bug repellant to birth control, patches have聽proven themselves as trusty health companions for a minute now. Still, we never thought we鈥檇 see the day when we鈥檇聽be able to聽treat our period cramps with one.


Researchers at the University of Warwick in the UK have聽collaborated with the drug research firm Medherant to develop an extended-release ibuprofen patch, and it鈥檚 the first of its kind. The polymer patch can hold up to 30 percent by weight of the ultra-safe and effective anti-inflammatory drug, about three times聽more than your average gel capsule. But the most amazing thing about this transparent patch is its ease of use: Users just stick the patch onto their skin, and that鈥檚 it. There鈥檚 no聽need to re-dose聽for up to聽12 hours. Thanks, science!

Gizmodo reports that the patch is especially designed with sufferers of chronic, localized pain in mind.聽While it聽isn鈥檛 quite as sci-fi as some of the other pain management devices that caught our attention this year (smart bandages and drug-free wearables, anyone?), we鈥檙e stanning hard for the set-it-and-forget-it potential of this smart new pharmaceutical. The patch is set to hit the market in roughly two years.

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(Photo via Warwick University)聽