COMPOUNDING FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT -PERSONALIZED RELIEF


Struggling through chronic pain problems like arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches and nerve and muscle pain does not have to be a daily activity. There's a better solution: pharmacy compounding, a customized option for pain medication.

What is compounding? Compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. Its resurgence in recent years provides valuable benefits to those for whom pain management has become a way of life. Every individual is unique, and the types of pain experienced can be equally diverse. By working with a compounding pharmacist, your physician can prescribe treatments tailored specifically for your pain management needs.

Alternative Doses
Many commonly prescribed pain relief medications help the symptoms associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis, but they can also result in stomach irritation and other unwanted side effects. Compounding can provide alternate methods of delivery by combining the ingredients of traditional oral pain medications in a topical gel, cream or spray form that can be applied directly to the site of the pain. For migraine suffers, pain medication may be administered through nasal sprays or flavored troches or lozenges. These dosage forms bypass the gastrointestinal tract, providing optimal results with less Gl irritation.

Combined Formulations
Often, fibromyalgia patients are placed on a variety of medications to take care of all the symptoms associated with the disease. On many occasions, these multiple products can be eliminated by a specially prepared compound that combines several medications into a single topical gel, ready to be applied directly to affected areas.

Strength Variations
Because patients vary in size, symptoms and pain tolerance commercially available medications often do not provide an appropriate dosage strength. Through compounding, a physician and pharmacist can customize a medication to the exact amount needed by the patient.

Pain can be debilitating, whether it's acute muscle or nerve pain resulting from an accident, or a chronic condition such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Pharmacy compounding is effective in providing relief with potentially fewer side effects and less overall medication. Ask your physician or pharmacist today about the benefits of personalized compounding.