How Sports Medicine Compounding Helps Athletes Heal Faster

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Athletes need to find medications that will provide effective treatment so that sports injuries will heal quickly. If you are training at a competitive level or following a regular training schedule, you don’t want to be out of commission for very long. You want to deal with the problem appropriately and safely and treat your injury in a safe and effective way that will prevent any further physical damage.

Sports medicine compounding from The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills is the best way to deal with your injuries and get you back on the field, court or track quickly.

What Is Pharmacy Compounding?

Pharmacy compounding is considered part art and part science. Compounding pharmacists prepare customized medications for patients who need something other than standard formulations, dosages or ingredients. Medications can be prepared to meet their specific needs.

Custom Formulations Available

A compounding pharmacist, like ours here at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can prepare a special formulation to treat blisters or calluses or make a custom formulation to treat athlete’s foot or other anti-fungal conditions. Rather than taking several drugs following an injury, a compounding pharmacist can combine more than one medication into a single dose.

Dosages Can Be Adjusted According To Metabolism And Weight

Athletes are particular about their diet, which causes them to carry more muscle and less fat than the average person. As a result, they burn calories at a different rate than a more sedentary person. Our compounding pharmacists take these factors into consideration when preparing medications for higher level athletes, to influence a faster and more effective healing.

Delivery System For Medications Can Be Altered

Compounded medications are available in a number formulations. Tablets and capsules must pass through the digestive tract before they make their way into your system and can start to work. If you are taking an anti-inflammatory or a muscle relaxant, you run the risk of experiencing stomach upset or other issues. Our compounding pharmacists can provide you with a transdermal pain cream for sports injuries that can be applied directly to the area. You can get the relief you need quickly, with fewer side effects.

Would you like to learn more about compounding your sports medicine at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills? Contact us today to find out how we can work with your doctor to find the right solution for your needs.

Anti-Aging Compounding

Quick-Antiaging-FixesRecently there has been an increased interest in compounded anti-aging medications including topical medications, hormone replacement therapies and more. Compounding pharmacies such as The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can create customized anti-aging medications in a wide range of different delivery formats including creams, gels, lotions, balms, ointments and more. Topical anti-aging medications can improve skin health, restoring it to a more youthful appearance and hormones can restore decreased crucial hormone levels.

Compounded topical medications can be used to treat a wide range of different skin conditions and reduce the effects of aging on the skin that most people are familiar with: wrinkles, lines, a loss of elasticity, and spots. Compounded anti-aging medications and topical treatments are usually far more effective at treating aging effects compared to commercial medications because they are customized based on the patient’s needs, and dosage levels are carefully selected.

Benefits of compounded anti-aging medications

Customized anti-aging medications are designed specifically for the individual patient, and the delivery method is also customized based on the patient’s preferences. The dosage of the anti-aging prescriptions is carefully selected by a medical practitioner. Through various types of diagnostic testing the proper anti-aging medication dosage can be determined and then custom created at a compounding pharmacy.

In the majority of cases the compounded anti-aging treatment will work far better than a commercial treatment, and patients will often prefer compounded treatments instead of commercial prescriptions because of their effectiveness. Anti-aging medications can be created to treat several different aging effects, and the benefit of using a compounding pharmancy is that the medication can be adjusted as the patient’s needs change over time.

Skin conditions that compounded anti-aging medications can treat

The environment, sun and wind damage, pollution, soaps and chemicals, stress, and poor nutrition can cause skin problems as a person ages, and every individual’s skin ages differently. Some people have fewer aging effects on their skin as they get older, and other people have more. Many of the forces that affect skin over time cannot be easily controlled such as sun damage or pollution, but there are ways to reverse this type of skin damage with compounded anti-aging skin treatments.

Anti-aging creams and other anti-aging medications for skin can be created at compounding pharmacies with specific ingredients that are carefully selected by a medical professional to not cause any additional skin irritation or allergies while treating the causes of aging.

Compounded anti-aging medications can treat a wide range of aging effects including: irritation, rashes, age spots, blemishes, inflammation, dry skin and more. Anti-aging creams may contain vitamin E, B vitamins and other vitamins and minerals, as well as active ingredients that immediately improve skin quality such as retinoic acid. Each anti-aging cream can be customized with ingredients for the particular individual.

The concentrations of the ingredients can also be carefully controlled, which is important because many commercial products have lower concentrations of active and inactive ingredients, making them less effective. A properly prepared compounded anti-aging cream will almost always perform better than commercial products, and it will have a better result on patient’s skin because it is custom designed specifically for them. Side effects if any will also be minimal compared to commercial preparations that may have ingredients that cause irritation.

Almost everyone can benefit from anti-aging medications at some point

At some point everyone will experience the effects of aging on their skin and body, and compounded anti-aging treatments offer the most innovative and modern way of treating aging effects. Compounded anti-aging treatments can help restore normal hormone levels that begin to decline for both men and women when they reach their late 30s and 40s.

Men begin to experience testosterone declines as early as age 30, and women experience progesterone declines in their late 30s to early 40s. Both men and women can utilize compounded hormone treatments to reduce the impact of hormone losses and maintain a youthful body.

Many of the effects of aging cannot be prevented, for instance the damage that the sun and pollution causes to the skin is just one aging effect that will occur over time for almost everyone. Anti-aging skin treatments can utilize many different nutrients including CoQ-10, green tea extract, and other nutrients reduce the impact of skin damage over time.

Bleaching creams can be prepared using active ingredients such as hydroquinone, steroids or retinoic acid which can reduce hyper-pigmentation. A major benefit of using a compounding pharmacy is that the percentages of each active ingredient can be controlled based on the patient’s needs. Using a compounding pharmacy is simply the best way to guarantee that a skin care treatment is perfectly designed for an individual because every person’s skin is unique.

Anti-aging checkups can determine what anti-aging treatments are needed

An anti-aging checkup from an experienced and licensed medical practitioner can help a person determine which specific anti-aging treatments and medications that they may benefit from. Typically a full evaluation will be done of the patient’s current health status, and tests can verify if they have allergies, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, or other health problems that may be causing aging effects.

After the checkup, the medical provider can create a customized treatment program that will help the patient restore the hormone levels and cellular environment closer to what it was in their late 20s. A compounding pharmacy such as The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can create the medications used for a person’s anti-aging treatment program on a regular basis, and the cost will usually be around the same as equivalent commercial preparations.

Those who are interested in anti-aging compounded medications and treatments should speak to a medical professional that has experience with prescribing compounded treatments and can offer a diagnosis. The benefits of compounded anti-aging medications can be tremendous and life changing for those who suffer from some of the more significant effects of aging, particularly the effects of hormone losses.

Energy levels can improve dramatically, nutritional deficiencies can be corrected, and youthful hormone levels can be maintained. When properly executed, anti-aging treatment programs are an effective way to reduce susceptibility to many of the effects of aging, but treatments can only be administered by licensed medical professionals, and the compounded medications should be created at a qualified sterile pharmacy by licensed pharmacists.

The licensed pharmacists at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can create customized compounded medications for any anti-aging treatment. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you in with your anti-aging treatments.

Myths About Compounding

In our humble opinion, compounded medication is the best form of medication available. Unlike standard prescriptions, compounded medication is prepared specifically for each individual patient. Rather than taking medication that works for “most people,” our patients can be confident that their medication caters specifically to their unique needs. Despite its remarkable advantages, however, compounding medication at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills is still sometimes misunderstood. This week, we want to help dispel some of the common myths surrounding our unique trade.

Myth #1: Compounded Medication Is A Form Of Alternative Medicine

The idea of straying from standardized prescriptions can be unnerving for some, but we want to stress that compounded medication is not a form of “voodoo” or “alternative” medicine. Compounded medication is safe, trustworthy medication just like the prescriptions you are used to taking – except it’s even better, because it’s designed to meet your unique needs.

Myth #2: Compounded Medication Is Not Governed By The Same Types Of Regulations As Other Medication
This myth could not be further from the truth. Compounding pharmacies must meet the strict standards by their boards of pharmacies. Our pharmacy undergoes routine inspections just like every other pharmacy, and we must follow the same types of regulations and standards.

Myth #3: Compounded Medication Does Not Require A Prescription

We have the capability to compound medication for most situations, but we are not authorized to do so without an official prescription from the doctor. Before we can compound your medication, you will need to get a prescription from your doctor. We are honored to have great relationships with most of the doctors in our surrounding area.

Myth #4: Compounded Medication Poses Greater Risks To Patients
Not only does compounded medication not pose greater risks than standardized medication – it is actually safer in many situations. Because compounded medication is customized to meet each patient’s unique needs, it typically has better results and fewer side effects than standardized medication doses. You don’t have to take it from us, however! Our client testimonials speak for themselves.

Learn More About Compounded Medication At The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills!
We are firm believers in the healing power of compounded medication and we are proud to be the exclusive Beverly Hills pharmacy that focuses entirely on compounded medication. We also offer a wide variety of vitamin supplements, each designed to promote your well-rounded holistic health. Visit our website to learn more about compounded medication, or call us directly at 310-284-8675.

Compounding Topical Pain Relief

cpbhtopicalWhen you have a headache, toothache, or muscle pain, your first instinct is to reach for a pill. While oral medications can be useful, they do have some distinct disadvantages. For example, many pain pills carry some risk of dependency, and oral anti-inflammatory medications can have harmful side effects with long-term usage.

How well do oral medications perform? Recent studies suggest these pills work well for only a small number of people. Additionally, research suggests that relief lasts only a short while – despite what doctors, pharmacists, and advertisements might claim.

Alternatives To Oral Pain Medications

However, several alternatives are available to help the weekend warrior with after-workout muscle aches. There are also alternatives for people with chronic pain conditions, including osteoarthritis. These include medications in creams, lotions, sticks, patches, and foams that The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can customize for each patient.

We offer a number of topical analgesics and can make analgesics taking the patient’s body weight, allergic reactions to certain ingredients, and other needs into account to give each patient medication optimized for his or her particular condition.

The Difference Between Oral And Topical Medications

The biggest difference between pills and topical pain relievers is the side effect profile. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, and over-the-counter pain relievers (like acetaminophen) have been available for decades, and each has particular side effects – including nausea, heart attack, sudden bleeds, and strokes from anti-inflammatories and liver problems from acetaminophen.

In contrast, current research suggests that topical pain relievers work for most people, including those with chronic pain, and have fewer side effects when used properly. Topical pain relievers take effect more quickly than oral meds do, and some research suggests that they have a longer-lasting effect than oral medications do.

OTC Topical Pain Relievers

There are fewer filler ingredients in topical analgesics than there are in oral meds; topicals have little need for fillers. The ingredients in many topicals are familiar to people – wintergreen, peppermint, capsaicin (derived from chili peppers), and camphor.

If you get some relief from sore muscles or arthritis pain with an ice pack, you could use a topical that contains menthol or oil of wintergreen; if you respond well to hot packs for your pain, you could use a topical containing capsaicin. Topical medications allow you to target the area that is causing the pain directly, and targeting the area can help you heal more quickly.

Prescription Topical Pain Relievers

If you need a prescription topical medication instead of something over the counter, your physician can prescribe a number of topicals in the potency that’s perfect for your size and condition; Voltaren is an anti-inflammatory that works well for arthritis patients, for instance. Lidocaine is an anesthetic prescribed for its ability to numb an area as well as to calm anti-arrhythmic hearts. Lidocaine combined with hydrocortisone is useful for skin conditions like eczema as well as burns and scrapes.

A particular benefit of topicals is that you can tell right away if one works for you; if it doesn’t help, you can easily try one that offers a different sensation.

Do Topical Relievers Help Chronic Pain?

Yes. Doctors recommend prescription topical pain relievers every day, and The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills provides customized relievers to many clients. Most prescription topical pain relievers are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These include Voltaren, which comes in creams and gels, and Flector, which is a patch.

Evidence suggests that topical pain relievers are safer than NSAID oral medications because topical pain relievers don’t travel to the bloodstream before they get to the area that needs relief; rather, they’re absorbed directly through the skin over the area of pain. This means that there’s less risk of heart attack, stroke, internal bleeding, and clotting than with oral meds. For people with chronic pain, reducing these risks is important because they use the medications for such an extended time.

The Best Uses For Topical Pain Relievers

If you’ve never used a topical pain reliever, try one for a minor muscle injury. Use it in conjunction with the RICE formula – rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Ice the injured muscle four times a day for one to three days, 10 to 15 minutes each time. Using heat within 48 hours of an injury can bring more blood to the area and inflame it more. Keep the area bandaged, and elevate it above your heart if possible.

Any swelling should be gone within 48 hours. At this point, you can switch to heat if that feels better. Use a capsaicin-based topical pain reliever, warm compresses, or a hot water bottle. Heat improves blood flow to the injured muscle, helping it heal more quickly. Additionally, heat removes old blood from the muscle, lessening your risk of clots and bleeding episodes.

Topical relief is for more than muscle pain, however. People have been treating chronic headaches with peppermint oil, ginger root, and cayenne pepper for hundreds of years. You can use these ingredients as drops or in compresses applied directly to the area of your headache. Some people place topical drops in their nasal passages; when applied correctly, the drops help not only with headaches, but also with sinus pain and pressure.

OTC Meds Are Not Right For Everyone

While over-the-counter topicals are helpful for many situations, they aren’t right for all situations or all patients. Please contact your doctor for pain that is severe or long-lasting (more than six weeks) or pain that is accompanied by other symptoms, including fever, nausea, and numbness.

You can also ask your doctor or a pharmacist at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills for recommendations for using topical medications for stomachaches, dental problems, and aches from the flu.

What Are There Risks Of Topical Pain Medications?

While topicals are safer than pills, their use does come with some risks. Carefully read labels before using any topical pain reliever. Do not leave them on your body too long or use them too often; your doctor or pharmacist can tell you how much is too much.

When using a patch, cream, or roll-on, be cognizant of your skin’s reaction. If your skin burns or itches, stop using the topical pain reliever immediately. Don’t use a topical pain reliever on an open wound. Don’t overuse a topical pain reliever – more isn’t always better. Overuse increases your risk of skin reactions, including chemical burns.

Don’t use topical pain relievers if you have sensitive skin. Pregnant women, infants, children, and the elderly shouldn’t use topical pain relievers.

At The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, we make topical pain relievers using specific formulas to meet individual needs.  Our options include gels, creams, sprays and nasal sprays, suppositories, and custom-flavored troches. We’ll gladly answer any questions or concerns you have. Contact us anytime for a consultation. We’ll find the perfect pain relief conduit and formula for you.

Healthy Resolutions for 2017

ditch-new-years-resolution-day-funIt’s that time of year again, when people swear off cookies and alcohol and rush out to purchase gym memberships. In fact, studies show that the three most common new years resolutions are losing weight, exercising more and quitting smoking . . . all health related.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills would like to suggest the following Healthy Resolutions for the New Year:

1. Eat

Eating several small meals throughout the day can help to even blood sugars. These meals should be high in protein and fiber and low in sugars (low glycemic index foods). Including abundant fresh and colorful fruits and vegetables will provide the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to support metabolic processes, limit oxidative damage, and promote efficient detoxification pathways. Do NOT skip meals or go longer than 5 hours without eating.

2. Drink

The human body is made up of approximately 60% water, yet most of us aren’t consuming nearly as much as we should be. A good rule of thumb would be to consume approximately half your body weight in ounces of water per day. Water—–not cola, diet cola, coffee or alcohol, but water!

3. Move

Daily exercise is healing to the adrenal glands. It can reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes and osteoporosis as well as aid in weight loss. Endorphins from exercise are known to improve memory, treat depression and alleviate pain. Exercise is the most under-utilized “anti-anxiety” medication available.

 4. Sleep

A regular sleep schedule with an early bedtime will provide the adrenal glands with the best opportunity to rest and repair. When time allows for it, sleep in! The bedroom should be a place reserved exclusively for sleeping, if possible. Work or other projects should be left in another room and the bedroom should be dark, cool, quiet and free of distractions especially blaring televisions.

5. Quit

Far too many Americans are suffering from an addiction to one or more substances that are harmful. The biggest offenders are of course tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and artificial sweeteners so let’s focus on those. There are many, many reasons why these substances are not healthful, but a few of them include:

Caffeine is a stimulant and puts the body on constant alert. This chronic state of “fight or flight” or sympathetic dominance causes anxiety and irritability, sleep disturbances and mood swings. Aside from the fact that it will take more and more caffeine to get the same effect over time, the constant assault to the adrenal glands will eventually result in complete exhaustion, or the inability to produce adequate amounts of adrenal hormones.

Alcohol is a central nervous depressant and presents a significant burden on the body’s detoxification pathways among other offenses.

Nicotine has been shown to increase cortisol levels and the thousands of other chemicals in cigarettes are certainly a noteworthy strain on the body in many ways.

Sugar can suppress your immune system, lead to problems with glucose and insulin metabolism, affect cortisol secretion, and contribute to weight gain. Aspartame is not a good substitute.

6. Simplify

While this is easier find the best online casinos said than done, the New Year is a great opportunity to take a look at the activities and people in your life that cause you undue stress. Make a list of the things you spend the most amount of energy on, and then eliminate the ones that provide the least benefit. If this is a friend or co-worker who is a constant drain, set more clear boundaries. If you are overextended with obligations, prioritize and cut out a few activities.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills wishes you a Happy and Healthy New Year! We look forward to helping you achieve optimal health in 2017!