Should You Be Using Iontophoresis with Your Patients?

“Iontophoresis is an electromedical method of delivering chemicals through the skin to a specific anatomical site. This electrochemical treatment avoids the potential adverse effects of medicating a local problem systemically while allowing for a much more concentrated drug dosage to the pathological site.”        

-Daniel L. Kirsch, PhD

Iontophoresisor EMDA (electromotive drug administration) is the process of transdermal drug delivery by use of a voltage gradient attached on the skin. It’s basically an injection without a needle and may be considered or described as non-invasive.

Iontophoresis, in conjunction with other conservative therapies and interventions, has been shown to effectively manage painful symptoms associated with superficial tissue structures in a wide variety of patients.        

-Tiziano Marovino, DPT, MPH, DAIPM

Charged molecules of medication penetrate through the skin to underlying tissues via wired or wireless skin patches, eliminating the need for injecting a drug or ingesting a pill for drug delivery. Iontophoresis treatments are prescribed by physicians and physical therapists for anti-inflammation and pain management purposes.

The ActivaPatch® line of products represents a technologically advanced, self-contained drug delivery system for iontophoresis treatments.

ActivaPatch® products are simple to use and solve many of the issues associated with the most commonly utilized iontophoresis products.

The premium, state-of-the-art ActivaPatch® IntelliDose™ 2.5 is a highly intelligent, microprocessor controlled, self-powered iontophoresis patch.

The flexible and low-profile ActivaPatch® contours to multiple anatomical treatment sites, and a single patch can deliver a 40mAmp*min or 80mAmp*min treatment in approximately 2.5 hours.

The ActivaPatch® IntelliDose™ 2.5 is:

  • Fully Self-Contained
    Thereby eliminating the need for separate dose controllers, charging stations, and battery packs associated with the most widely used systems.

  • Each ActivaPatch® IntelliDose™ 2.5 contains an intelligent biofeedback microprocessor and SmartPower™ LED that allows each patch to communicate with both clinician and patient, ensuring effective drug delivery by accurately measuring skin impedance and operational effectiveness of the patch.
  • All ActivaPatch® products require NO SALINE.
    The state-of-the-art hydrogel dispersive technology replaces the need for awkward and clumsy administration of saline solution, providing ease of use in every application as well as preventing over-hydration and/or potential operator error by eliminating the chance of accidentally adding the saline or prescribed medication to the wrong chamber of the iontophoresis patch.

Simply fill the reservoir with up to 2.0 cc of the intended drug.

All ActivaPatch® products feature the patented SHUNT® technology, which automatically turns off the ActivaPatch® when the 80 mA minute treatment is complete. Patients are not required to know when to remove the patch in order to end treatment, thus assuring precise prescribed dosage.

Iontophoresis electrodes and lead wire systems serve as an important medical alternative when patients cannot receive drugs orally or via an injection.

Innovative iontophoresis electrodes deliver soluble salts and other drugs into the body without disturbing tissue. These electrodes also minimize the infiltration of carrier fluids.

Maintain your supply of iontophoresis electrodes and lead wires and assemble your entire iontophoresis kit through your personal account manager at MeyerPT.


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If you don’t know who your Account Manager is, please call 866.528.2144 to find out.

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