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Does medication you take seep through your pores and leave traces on your skin like salt, garlic etc does?

Asked by rainbowspirit (243points) September 11th, 2010

I know that we sweat through our pores and our skin then tastes salty. Also that certain foods seem to do the same, the obvious one being garlic. What I really need to know is does the same thing happen with any medication you take. Are there traces of the ingredients left on the skin?
It probably seems like a wierd question but there is a very good reason why I ask this.
I have to take a lot of prescribed medication, some of them strong painkillers e.g. Tramadol and Morphine (Tablet form). I am only concerned as my cat has just started the habit of licking my skin while I am asleep and I am concerned as to whether she could be harmed because of the medication I take.
I really would appreciate any help you can give me as I don’t seem to be able to find an answer to this anywhere so far.
This is only my second question on here as I only found this site three days ago. It’s a brilliant site and have been surprised and grateful for the amount of responses I have had and the way in which my question was received.
As I am new to this if anyone has any comments about my style/length of question/too much or too little detail etc. so I get an idea if I’m doing anything wrong I would also appreciate that too.
Many thanks

Rainbowspirit :o)

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5 Answers

faye's avatar

I would think that if any did, it would be such a tiny amount, it couldn’t hurt your cat. I take Tramadol and morphine too, and my cat licks my fingers. She appears as healthy as can be.

Ben_Dover's avatar

Yes. everything you ingest finds its way out your pores in tiny amounts. that’s why you can never hide your cigarette smoking from your mommy.

sweetie432's avatar

You can always call the Dr or pharmasist to double check. I personally feel that the amount that would seep would be way too small to do much harm.

Lightlyseared's avatar

A sweat drug test takes about 4 hours to collect enough of a sample to be detectable so I’m guessing it’s a really really small amount your sweating out. So I wouldn’t worry about it.

angelique_1's avatar

well ive never heard of medication coming from your pores, but yes i guess it can. also it will come out in your hair too. i know foods that you eat will come out of your pores and alcohol and smoking too.

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