Ah, Saturday morning. Or, as some would call it, 11am and the desperate search for Gatorade and pizza to quell that topsy-turvy feeling in your stomach and head. While you're regretting the decisions you made last night, you might not be able to swallow a handful of pills for fear of puking. But fear not, hungover reader with a hair-trigger gag reflex. Scientists have a salve for you.
Researchers at the University of Warwick have worked alongside Medherent to create the world's first-ever Ibuprofen patch. Why is this a big deal? Great rhetorical question. Rather than swallowing a bunch of medicine-y pills, now you can simply apply the pain reliever right where it's needed -- and it'll release slowly over 12 hours. Don't be surprised if you see somebody walking around with plastic patches over their eyes and on their temples in the near future.
As the university's press release points out, there are already ibuprofen gels out there, but they're messy and hard to regulate, in terms of time release. This patch appears to solve that problem. The release goes on to talk about drug load capacities and polymers, which kinda makes me need an ibuprofen patch for my brain. But as University of Warwick researcher Professor David Haddleton said, there are more potential uses for this type of patch.
"We believe that many other over the counter and prescription drugs can exploit our technology and we are seeking opportunities to test a much wider range of drugs and treatments within our patch.”
Hear that? Soon you could be like the guy from the movie Limitless without even having to swallow a pill. No word yet on whether or not scientists have figured out how to get dreamy blue eyes and three-days' scruff without surgery, though.
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Ryan Craggs is Thrillist's Senior News Editor. He would kill for this patch. Not literally. He's probably still in bed as you read this. Follow him @ryanrcraggs.