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What is Compounding?
Compounding combines classical pharmacy practice with advanced technology and the latest medical knowledge to meet specific patient needs. Pharmacy compounding enables specially trained professionals to prepare one-of-a-kind medications as ordered by a health care provider. With today’s technology, yesterday’s art, and currently available dosage systems, the possibilities are almost endless.
Why Use Compounding?
Some patients do not respond to traditional methods of treatment manufactured by drug companies. Clinical Compound Pharmacy can prepare:
Medications that are not commercially available.
Unique dosage forms such as nasal sprays, troches, suppositories, lollipops, and transdermal creams/gels/sprays.
Medications free of allergenic inactive ingredients such as preservatives, dyes, lactose, sugar, or alcohol.
Unique combinations of compatible medications into a single dosage forms.
Areas of Practice
Pain management: Chronic pain affects many and remains the number one cause of adult disability in the United States. Clinical Compound Pharmacy can work with your physician to design topical and transdermal creams and gels formulated to provide high local concentrations of a medication(s) at the site of pain. Side effects associated with oral administration can often be avoided when medications are used topically.
Hormone Replacement Therapy: Women often experience menopause symptoms that greatly affect quality of life. Clinical Compound Pharmacy can work with your physician to design a regimen of hormones that have the same chemical structure as hormones naturally produced by the human body. Because they have the same chemical structure, plant derived hormones are able to follow the normal metabolic pathways so that essential active metabolites are formed in response to hormone replacement therapy. A compounding pharmacy also gives your physician the option to manage hormone replacement using unique dosages and combinations of therapies not available through pharmaceutical companies.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men: Andropause is the equivalent of what women go through during menopause. Many men experience a gradual decline in naturally produced testosterone as well as increase an estrogen levels after the age of 40. These hormonal changes can result in multiple symptoms such as depression/anxiety, erectile dysfunction, energy level, heart disease, memory failure, ability to concentrate, etc. The most common treatment for andropause is testosterone supplementation. Compounding pharmacies can provide more options for testosterone supplementation including custom doses and choice of delivery bases (creams, gels, lotions, or lipoderm).
*Patients using testosterone should seek medical attention immediately if symptoms of a heart attack or stroke are present, such as:
• Chest pain
• Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
• Weakness in one part or one side of the body
• Slurred speech
Thyroid Imbalance: Many experience symptoms of hypothyroidism (low levels of thyroid hormone) including fatigue, weight gain, cold and heat intolerance, dry skin, hair loss, constipation, headaches, and high cholesterol. Thyroid hormone exists in the human body in two distinct forms known as T3 (liothyronine, an active form) and T4 (thyroxine, an inactive form that is converted to T3 in other areas of the body). Pharmacy compounding enables a physician to address thyroid imbalance with customized dose combinations of T3 and T4 based on lab values. Through compounding, thyroid supplementation can be delivered in extended release formulations not available through commercial pharmaceuticals.
Dermatology: Clinical Compound Pharmacy can play a vital role in the management of various dermatological conditions. Some examples of compounded products available to patients and practitioners in include: corticosteroids, anti-infectives (for topical infections of the skin, nails, and scalp), anti-inflammatories, anesthetics, retinoic acid, hydroquinone, and many more. Compounding pharmacies give a practitioner the option to be creative in designing treatments for dermatological conditions instead of being limited to products commercially produced.
Pediatrics: Children present several challenges when it comes to taking medication. Some children may resist taking a liquid medicine due to its taste, while others may have a fear of injections or difficulty swallowing pills. Many medications aren’t labeled for children. If a medicine isn’t approved for use in infants and children, it typically isn’t available in a suitable pediatric dosage form. Clinical Compound Pharmacy can help your child get the treatment they need by compounding oral medications into many pleasantly flavored forms including: suspensions, solutions, rapid dissolve tablets, lollipops, and lozenges. With a choice of many flavors, we can make just about any medication taste better! Working with a healthcare provider’s prescription, we also have the option to compound your child’s medication into a transdermal gels. These gels are applied to the skin, where they are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Podiatry: Podiatrists often seek compounded prescriptions treatments to address foot problems. At Clinical Compound Pharmacy we will work closely with your podiatrist to design treatments (antifungal medications, transdermal medications for pain relief, wound care) for many conditions including:
· Diabetic Neuropathy
· Plantar Fasciitis
· Muscle Spasm
· Nail Fungus
· Athlete’s Foot
Wound Care: Skin wounds are common ailments that affect patients of all ages. Almost anyone who becomes ill and immobile, or whose movement is seriously impaired, may be a candidate for a skin wound. Healthcare professionals treat a patient’s skin wounds in a variety of ways. They try to improve the patient’s nutrition intake, mobility, and may prescribe a number of topical medications. Clinical Compound Pharmacy gives your prescriber options to use compound medications designed to stimulate new tissue growth, reduce pain, discourage bacterial growth, and increase blood flow to promote better healing. Another useful dosage form is the “polyox bandage” – a powder which can be puffed onto a wound and will form a barrier even if exudate is present. A polyox bandage can be compounded to contain the active ingredient(s) of your choice.
Dental: Clinical Compound Pharmacy knows that no two mouths are exactly alike. Patients have different levels of oral health. They have different tolerances for various types of medicines. The sensitivity of their gag reflexes varies widely as well. Despite these differences, many pharmacies only carry the most frequently prescribed oral medications and therapies in order to meet the most common patient needs. At Clinical Compound Pharmacy we stock a wide selection of pharmaceutical ingredients and components that can formulated into a variety of treatments for oral conditions including:
· Oral Thrush
· Canker Sores
· Pain and Infection
· Oral Thrush
· Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
· Dry Mouth
· Overactive Gag Reflex
· Oral Sensitivity
Miscellaneous: The information above is a very brief synopsis of the types of service Clinical Compound Pharmacy can offer to patient and prescribers.
For more information please give a call at 239-331-3441.