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Heart Medications Require Careful Attention

Heart medications are lifesaving and crucial for many Americans. The American Heart Association reports that heart disease claims more than 17 million lives every year, and heart medications are one of the most important defenses for Americans at risk of death from heart disease, cardiovascular problems, and strokes. People who depend on heart medications need doctors and pharmacists they know and trust.

Managing a heart medication prescription is more than just dispensing the right pills at the right time. Patient health, changing medical concerns, and drug interactions are just a few of the myriad concerns for people who take heart medications. Pharmacists play a critical role in maintaining safe and effective heart medication dosages.

Pharmacists And Heart Medications

A good heart medication pharmacist should be able to answer all of a patient’s questions about a drug, including recommendations for diet and other lifestyle choices to ensure the drug’s safety and effectiveness. Some everyday things like over-the-counter allergy and cold medicine can have potentially fatal interactions with some prescription heart medications. Even certain foods can produce worrisome complications.

Managing Daily Life With Heart Medications

Blood pressure is a concern for many patients taking heart medications, and a pharmacist should be able to recommend foods, beverages, and daily activities that can help maintain healthy blood pressure levels. It’s also vital for any pharmacist to know the risks associated with heart medications and make recommendations accordingly. For example, statins are common prescriptions for patients with a high risk of cardiovascular disease, obese patients, patients with high blood pressure, and people with abnormally high cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, patients who do not take these medications correctly can experience serious adverse effects like nausea, vomiting, kidney failure, and muscle damage.

Special Instructions For Heart Medications

Any prescription will come with directions for use, warnings, and recommendations for lifestyle factors that may influence the drug’s performance. For example, one type of medication may warn users about operating vehicles or heavy machinery immediately after taking a dose. Another may warn users to refrain from eating or drinking certain foods while taking their medication. Some heart medications may have dangerous interactions with other medications, including over-the-counter medicines that many people take regularly without worry.

Taking heart medications and managing prescriptions can be stressful. A medication may limit a patient’s diet or activity options, and some medications require special attention due to potentially lethal interactions with other drugs. It’s imperative for heart medication patients to find pharmacists they trust to handle these prescriptions. Pharmacists can provide consultations, answer questions, and sometimes even reformulate a prescription to a patient’s needs.

Compounding Services For Heart Medications

Compounded heart medication can provide a safe and effective way for a patient to take his or her heart medication while accounting for unique factors like interactions with other prescriptions, foods, and other patient medical issues. For example, some patients may have difficulty swallowing heart medication pills due to medical issues. Medications can also be compounded in liquid or dissolvable tablet form for patients who have difficulty swallowing pills.

A compounding pharmacist can also alter dosages, create cheaper formulations, provide alternatives to expensive brand-name drugs, and even mix heart medications with a patient’s other prescription drugs to create a single daily dose that includes all of a patient’s necessary medications. For patients who need compounded statins, clopidogrel bisulfate, or warfarin, compounding pharmacy professionals can provide an unparalleled degree of individualized customer service.

See What Compounding Can Do For You

It’s crucial for anyone taking heart medications to have the utmost confidence in their pharmacists. Heart medications require more special attention than many other drugs, and it is essential for patients to receive correct dosages and take their prescriptions appropriately. Pharmacists should be able to answer all a patient’s questions about his or her heart medication prescriptions and make appropriate changes when necessary.

Our patients can expect an even higher standard of care from our pharmacists. We take the time to get to know every customer’s unique concerns to provide the most effective medication in the safest dosages and delivery methods. When a customer needs to make changes to a prescription, we can provide advice for lifestyle and dietary changes to enhance their medications’ effectiveness. Pharmacists can offer patients a lot of help with issues patients may not have considered. Contact the Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills today to learn more about the options for your prescriptions, and one of our pharmacists will be happy to assist you.

 

Source article: Compounding Pharmacy of America

New Year, New You!

New Year, New You2018 is right around the corner. No better time than now to start making your resolutions for a healthier you!

1. Lose Excess Weight
Include nutritious foods in your daily diet, cut back on sugar and other unhealthy foods, and begin working out for at least 30 minutes per day. If you need to lose ten pounds or more, ask our pharmacists about the options available to you.

2. Manage Stress
Work on managing stress better in the moment with immediate calming techniques, such as deep breathing. You can also handle stress better on a regular basis by doing activities that promote a sense of well-being.

3. Spend Time with Others
This can mean having dinner with family members, going out with friends, participating in community events, or signing up for a class at a local school or community center.

4. Improve Your Sleep
Poor sleep quality can contribute to a variety of problems, including a lower immunity to infections, difficulty concentrating, and an increased risk of heart problems and stroke. While getting more sleep is important, making sure you’re getting quality sleep is also crucial.

5. Health Screenings
Have screenings to check your bone density,blood pressure, and other health factors to help determine whether you need to see your doctor for diagnostic tests. If you already have diabetes, you can have screenings done to check your glucose or A1C levels, which helps track how well you’re managing your condition and can alert you to any dangerous spikes or drops.

Have questions? Contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills to see how we can help you stay healthy this new year!

Staying Healthy During the Holidays

family-in-snow-581903f83df78cc2e8ef5ecdThe holiday season truly is one of the most wonderful times of the year—but it’s also a season often characterized by illness. The changing weather and increased amount of time indoors seems to create a hotbed for various viruses to breed. However, with these few tips from our pharmacists at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, you can avoid some of the seasonal illnesses and stay focused on staying merry and bright.

1. WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY.

One of the first pieces of advice you’ll hear from any health professional is to keep your hands clean. Wash them regularly with soap and warm water, especially after you’ve been out in public or come in contact with someone who is ill. Be sure to wash your hands for at least 20-30 seconds to ensure that you’ve cleaned them thoroughly. If you don’t have access to running water, you can also carry hand sanitizer with you and use it periodically.

2. STAY HOME IF YOU’RE ILL.

If you’ve come down with a cold or flu, stay home and try to rest. Not only will this help your body recover, but it will also help prevent spreading the illness further.

3. GET YOUR REST.

When you get run down from lack of sleep, your body may have a more difficult time fighting off illness. Keep your immune system at its best by getting a full night’s sleep.

4. EAT HEALTHY.

Often, the battle against the seasonal cold and flu is best fought by treating your body well and eating healthy. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables daily, and try to stay away from anything high in sugar.

5. TAKE MEDICINES AS PRESCRIBED.

When your physician prescribes medication for an illness, it’s important to fill that prescription and take it as directed. If you have questions about the medicine, you can always ask our pharmacists who will be glad to help you out.

At The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, we hope you’ll avoid illness this holiday season so you can go about the business of enjoying your friends, family, and festivities. However, if you do fall ill, you can rely on us for all your compounding pharmacy needs. Contact us today to learn more.

Holiday Season Stress

Stressful HolidaysLet’s be real….the holidays can be stressful! While enjoying fun times with friends and family, you will most likely also be busy cooking, cleaning for guests and don’t forget – shopping! This much activity and increased stress levels can wear you down and often leave you feeling under the weather.

So how does stress affect your body?

  1. Nervous System- When stressed- physically or psychologically- the body suddenly shifts its energy resources to fighting off the perceived threat. In what is known as the “fight or flight” response, the sympathetic nervous system signals the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones make the heart beat faster, raise blood pressure, change the digestive process and boost glucose levels in the bloodstream. Once the crisis passes, body systems usually return to normal.
  2. Musculoskeletal System- Under stress, muscles tense up. The contraction of muscles for extended periods can trigger tension headaches, migraines and various musculoskeletal conditions.
  3. Respiratory System- Stress can make you breathe harder and cause rapid breathing- or hyperventilation- which can bring on panic attacks in some people.
  4. Cardiovascular System- Acute stress- stress that is momentary, such as being stuck in traffic- causes an increase in heart rate and stronger contractions of the heart muscle. Blood vessels that direct blood to the large muscles and to the heart dilate, increasing the amount of blood pumped to these parts of the body. Repeated episodes of acute stress can cause inflammation in the coronary arteries, thought to lead to heart attack.
  5. Endocrine System- Adrenal glands: when the body is stressed, the brain sends signals from the hypothalamus, causing the adrenal cortex to produce cortisol and the adrenal medulla to produce epinephrine- sometimes called the “stress hormones” Liver: When cortisol and epinephrine are released, the liver produces more glucose, a blood sugar that would give you the energy for “fight or flight” in an emergency.
  6. Gastrointestinal System- Esophagus: Stress may prompt you to eat much more or much less than you usually do. If you eat more or different foods or increase your use of tobacco or alcohol, you may experience heartburn, or acid reflux. Stomach: your stomach can react with “butterflies” or even nausea or pain. You may vomit if the stress is severe enough. Bowels: Stress can affect digestion and which nutrients your intestines absorb. It can also affect how quickly food moves through your body. You may find that you have either diarrhea or constipation.
  7. Reproductive System- In men, excess amounts of cortisol, produced under stress, can affect the normal functioning of the reproductive system. Chronic stress can impair testosterone and sperm production and cause impotence. In women, stress can cause absent or irregular menstrual cycles or more-painful periods. It can also reduce sexual desire.

As you can see, stress negatively affects your body in a variety of ways.  It is important to take care of yourself in order to remain healthy and relaxed so that you can continue to check off your holiday “to-do” lists!

Here are some options to help support your body through the stressful season:

Vitamin B Complex

B complex is a vitamin product that contains several different B vitamins and they have a variety of beneficial effects. This product includes folate, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and choline.

Methylcobalamin is the activated form of vitamin B12. By taking vitamin B12 it can positively influence your health in many ways such as increased energy levels, increased cognitive function, sleep regulation and improved mood. One study revealed that patients taking methylcobalamin had improved daytime alertness and concentration as well as a shortened but improved sleep in healthy persons.

Vitamins B1 and B6 have been shown to improve the glucocorticoid function of the adrenal glands and simultaneously normalizes the activity of the gland.

Vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid enhances adrenal cortex function which is where our bodies produce cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone produced when our bodies are responding to stress, and by taking vitamin B5 it helps our bodies regulate the amount of cortisol produced in the stress response process.

L-Theanine

Stay Calm, Cool and Collected!  L-theanine is an amino acid found in green and black teas which results in relaxation and stress relief without causing excessive drowsiness like other products do. L-theanine is also used to help ease stress and improve concentration and focus. It relieves anxiety by increasing the levels of dopamine and GABA (a neurotransmitter in the brain that has calming effects) in the brain and has been known to generate creativity and cause wakeful relaxation. People often resort to consuming caffeine to help them get through busy or stressful times, and L-theanine helps moderate or regulate the effects of caffeine on the central nervous system. L-theanine also has protective effects by reducing neurotoxicity.

**Talk to your Doctor first if you are taking blood pressure medication since L-theanine lowers blood pressure.

Melatonin

Have you ever heard the term “sleeping like a baby” and wish it could be you? Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain and children produce it in higher amounts than adults.  This may be the reason babies can sleep so well. Melatonin is an over the counter product shown to help you fall asleep faster and reduce sleep disturbances throughout the night. Melatonin is non-addicting and won’t cause a “hangover” effect like some other sleep aids. By improving your sleep you also help improve antioxidant activity, cardiovascular health and immune system function.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills offers each of these products over the counter, and you can rest assured that the brands we stock are the highest quality. We are here to help in any way we can. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Compounding For Dry Socket

Tooth PainAt Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, we specialize in customized formulations of medications so you can get the results you need to live a happier, healthier life. Our job is to make prescriptions formulated for your specific needs, including medications and pastes for post dental procedures. One of the most common oral surgeries is wisdom teeth removal, which can cause dry socket. We provide compounding dry socket preparations that are designed to remove the pain associated with oral surgery all the while protecting your mouth throughout the healing process.

What Is Dry Socket?

Only a very small percentage — about 2% to 5% of people — develop dry socket after a tooth extraction. In those who have it, though, dry socket can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, it’s easily treatable.

After a tooth is pulled, a blood clot forms in the socket to protect the bone and nerves underneath. Sometimes that clot can become dislodged or dissolve prematurely after the extraction. That leaves the bone and nerve exposed to air, food, and fluid. This can lead to infection and severe pain that can last up 5 or 6 days.

Relief for Pain – Dry Socket Paste

Without this protective layer, the bone and nerves are exposed to air, food, and fluid. This can lead to infection and severe pain that can last up 5 or 6 days. Symptoms usually show within three days after the tooth extraction took place.

The best solution is compounding dry socket preparations paste. When properly applied, it fills in the open socket and protects nerve endings and bone in your jaw. It also gently but effectively numbs the pain associated with inflammation in the area. For many people, socket paste is necessary to help them continue to go about their daily lives.

Why Choose Compounding for Dry Socket

Socket paste doesn’t work the same for everyone battling dry socket. There are many instances where the standard dose isn’t right for the patient. This is where compounding dry socket preparations come in. With the skills of our pharmacists at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, we can customize a formula for your specific needs.

Contact us today to learn how we can assist you in relieving your dental pain.