Compounding can provide pain relief that is customized to your specific health needs
Pain is the most common symptom for which individuals seek medical help. Acute and chronic pain such as arthritis, migraine headaches, and nerve and muscle pain does not have to be a daily reality for you. There’s a better solution: pharmacy compounding, a customized option for pain medication. 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.
Many traditionally prescribed pain relief medications help with the symptoms, but 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.
In addition, commercial medicines are available only in fixed doses and in certain forms, whereas compounded pain formulations can include several types of drugs that are often ideal for such conditions as: arthritis, muscle and joint pain, nerve pain, and localized or acute injury.
Compounding solutions have greatly helped people who are experiencing chronic pain. For example, some arthritic patients cannot take certain medications due to gastrointestinal side effects. Working with their physician’s prescription, a compounding pharmacist can provide them with a topical preparation with the anti-inflammatory or analgesic their doctor has prescribed for them. Acute pain can easily evolve into chronic pain which can become difficult to treat. Commercially available pain medications often cause drowsiness, dizziness or stomach discomfort, and those taking these medications learn to accept these conditions as part of daily life. Your physician, working with a compounding pharmacist, may be able to provide a better reality for you.