Changes to Compounding Pharmacy Regulations by the FDA

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Accuracy in drug prescriptions has become a priority in recent years, especially with the outbreak of prescription drug abuse. Because of this, more people are turning to compounding pharmacies to ensure that they are receiving the right amount and dosage of prescribed medication. It is in this light that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced updates to existing regulations involving compounding pharmacies.

What You Need To Know About Compounding Pharmacy Policy Updates

The 2018 Compounding Policy Priorities Plan provides a comprehensive layout of how key aspects will be implemented. It includes changes to some proposed policies to make sure that compounded drugs for patients whose needs cannot be met by conventional mass-market drug stores will not cause harm.

As part of last year’s plans and priorities for compounding pharmacies, the FDA encourages more compounding pharmacies to register under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Facilities covered by this program are able to procure drugs in bulk supply, subject to more stringent safety standards.

The agency deemed it important to focus on the drug’s efficacy while reducing costs so that more compounding pharmacies will meet the higher production standards for 503B outsourcing facilities. As a result, more patients can have access to higher quality compounded medicines.

Additionally, the FDA would like to reiterate that the necessity of compounded medication should only be an alternative to meet the needs of patients whose medical needs cannot be met by an FDA-approved drug. There is a need to examine compounded medications to ensure that copying of existing medications is avoided.

Another goal is to include refining the regulations for communications with the states. This is with regards to the Memorandum of Understanding (between the FDA and individual states) geared towards addressing issues with the ability of the 503A compounding pharmacies to ship across different states lines. 503A compounding pharmacies are smaller facilities that are only able to compound for patient-specific cases.

With the 2018 regulations, 503A pharmacies should be able to ship across state lines provided that more than 50% of their drugs remain within the state.

Similarly, the FDA is allowing the states more time to report issues such as relying on inspection records that would help identify pharmacies that are shipping more than the allowable amount of compounded medications across state lines.

FDA Regulations for Compounding Pharmacies

This plan has been made in pursuit of implementing the federal law of compounding and to advance the FDA’s public health mission. This should help recognize the value of the compounder’s role in providing quality drugs so that patients can have access to the medicines that they need.

The following are the key features of the Compounding Policy Priorities Plan, based on the FDA announcement:

Risk-Based Approach to Manufacturing Standards for Outsourcing Facilities

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act is responsible for two types of compounding pharmacies:

  • 503A: These include state-licensed pharmacies (or compounding pharmacies) that develop compound drugs with patient-specific prescriptions. They are referred to as “503A facilities” or traditional compounders.
  • 503B: This is the new category of compounders that operate according to heightened stator requirements relative to the 503A facilities.

Drugs that are produced by the outsourcing facilities must be compounded in compliance with current good manufacturing practice requirements and performed in an FDA-approved facility subject to risk-based inspections. It is also important for the outsourcing facilities to provide information on the compounded products to the FDA.

The proposed regulations should cover how cGMP requirements should be applied regarding the size and scope of an outsourcing facility’s operations. Therefore, smaller compounders that compound only limited volumes of drugs may decide to register as outsourcing facilities, as a response to these new policies. This would allow them to compound drugs with or without patient-specific prescriptions under section 503B.

Restricting Compounding of Drugs that are Essentially Copies of FDA-Approved Drugs

Despite the acceptance of the usage of compounded medications, restrictions on the potential of copying FDA-approved or commercially available products should be put in place. Therefore, the law provisions are aimed to protect both public health and the premarket approval process. These restrictions prevent drug compounding for patients who can already find their medication in FDA-approved products.

Here are some highlights of this particular provision:

  • The premarket inspection should be implemented to safeguard the regulatory standard for compounded drugs, which should only be distributed if no FDA-approved products are available for the patient.
  • Due to the possibility of pharmacy compounding labs copying FDA-approved drugs, this policy is also aimed at protecting conventional drug manufacturers so that they may pursue research and development for the improvement of their existing products. Sponsors are less likely to invest in and seek approval of life-saving medications if compounders could easily develop substitutes that are less expensive.

Regulating Compounding from Bulk Drug Substances

Traditional compounders (i.e. 503A) are allowed to compound drugs in accordance with the FC&C Act using bulk drug substances that comply with the existing United States Pharmacopeia or National Formulary monograph standards. Meanwhile, outsourcing facilities (i.e 503B) may use bulk drug substances to compound a drug that complies similarly with the FD&C Act, if the FDA has determined that there is a clinical need to compound the drugs.

These policies were designed to address the ambiguity involving bulk drug substances by 503A and 503B facilities within the timeframe of substance evaluation before approval for compounding. During this period – for nominated substances consistent with the 503A or 503B interim policies, that is – there will be no clear distinction that a particular drug belongs to either 503A or 503B bulks list.

More highlights regarding this section include the following:

  • With regards to the 503A bulk list, 48 substances were nominated to the Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee. The FDA issued a proposed regulation to address 10 of these substances and to create the criteria for evaluating these substances before inclusion to the list.
  • In March 2018, the agency issued a draft that proposes criteria for making clinical determinations to make it possible for the substances to be included in the existing 503B bulk list.

Solidifying FDA’s Partnership with State Regulatory Authorities

The FDA is working closely with state partners to assure that they are able to address the risks that may be presented by compounded drugs. The objective is to focus on FDA resources (for both outsourcing facilities and traditional compounders) that may present huge risks.

Some of the important pointers in this section are as follows:

  • The MOU between FDA and the states regarding compounding under section 503A will be revised as a result of the overwhelming response of the public to the previous MOU draft.
  • The draft MOU states the percentage of compounded drugs that could be shipped interstate by 503A compounders. If a pharmacy distributes in an “inordinate amount”, the state would agree to take action (Inordinate amount denotes at least 30% of all drug products dispensed or distributed in a given month).
  • The new document makes it more flexible for states to enter into the MOU by providing more time to report to the FDA, particularly in identifying inordinate amounts shipped.

Finalization of Biological Products Guidance and Clarifying Other Policies on Activities that Compounders Undertake

This final guidance covers the following:

  • Provision of a mechanism for outsourcing facilities to assign beyond use dates to repackaged biological products that exceed the default BUDs of 24 hours
  • More flexible approach to support patients and their clinicians
  • Clarification of policies that are applicable to compounding by outsourcing facilities
  • Addition or modification to the list of drug products that cannot be compounded (because the products or their components have been removed from the market either for safety or effectiveness)

Compliance with the regulation should be strictly monitored, particularly ensuring that only sterile compounded medications will reach patients to avoid any potential health risks.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills works to conform to industry standards and policies to ensure that patients are safe. We offer affordable compounding services to patients and prescribers and provide our valued customers with exceptional service to ensure that they receive the best treatment that they deserve.

 

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3 Benefits of Compounding for Weight Loss

weight lossSo, you’re trying to lose weight. With the summer time creeping up on us, you’ll find that most everyone is trying to lose at least a little weight. But the solution to weight loss transcends dieting and exercising. Your struggle with losing weight could be due to issues in your thyroid, your adrenal and your insulin levels.

Compounding medications is a way that can help you counter these issues in your thyroid, adrenal and insulin glands – the issues that are keeping you from being the healthiest version of yourself. Pharmacy compounding is a way of personalizing the dosage of your medicine.

General physicians typically prescribe medications to their patients that are one-size-fits-all. However, you are your own person with unique needs. Not everyone will have the same type of hormone problems that you’re experiencing, and you’re going to need medicine that can meet you where you are.

Three Ways Compounding Can Help You Attain Your Weight Loss Goals

1. Compounding can help with weight loss by maintaining your thyroid levels

Hypothyroidism means that you have low levels of your thyroid hormone, which causes fatigue, fluid retention, constipation, sore joints and muscles, depression, slowed metabolism and weight gain. Besides the actual weight gain side effect of hypothyroidism, you have all these other symptoms that make you too tired or too depressed to physically work off the weight. It causes a lot of problems.

Compounding can help with these issues by supplying your body with a series of natural thyroid hormones. Compounding can, in a way, trick your body into thinking it’s producing the natural thyroid hormones it needs to supply you with energy and heighten your metabolism. General prescriptions for synthetic thyroid hormones make an effort to combat the symptoms of hypothyroidism that lead to obesity, but not nearly to the extent to which natural thyroid hormones can help.

2. Compounding can help with weight loss by restoring your adrenal glands

Similarly, adrenal hormone dysfunction also causes weight gain. Adrenal issues start to appear once people hit middle age. Particularly, a disorder called Adrenal Fatigue leads to many serious health issues such as allergies, autoimmune disorders, cancer and obesity.

Your adrenal glands are partly responsible for turning your carbohydrates and fats into energy, but Adrenal Fatigue stops the transformation process and causes your body to retain the fats. What’s more is that if you’re not feeling like your usual, healthy self, then you’re probably not feeling up to going to the gym to work off some of the weight you’ve gained since your adrenal glands started malfunctioning.

Compounding, creating natural adrenal hormones that are measured according to your unique needs, can help restore your adrenal glands over time to their rightful condition. By supplying your adrenal glands with the hormones they needs to function properly, your body will start processing carbs and fats as energy again, which will not only keep you from gaining more weight, but it will also give you the energy you need to work off the weight that you gained.

3. Compounding can help with weight loss by healing your impaired insulin glands

You might recognize insulin as the gland that is associated with diabetes. Diabetes is a disorder that results when your pancreas stops producing the proper amounts of insulin, which keeps your body from regulating your blood sugar levels the way it’s supposed to. What’s more is that insulin is also what’s responsible for keeping your metabolism at a healthy pace. If your insulin levels are depleted, then your metabolism will plummet as well, causing you to gain weight.

Hormone therapy that results from pharmacy compounding can be the weight loss solution you’ve been waiting for. By restoring your body’s insulin levels to their rightful condition, you’ll be able to process blood sugars the way that you’re supposed to, which will cause your metabolism to go up. This will not only keep you from gaining more weight, but it will also help you lose weight during the process, without lifting a single dumbbell or running a single mile.

Lose Weight Through Compounding Today

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills specializes is compounding hormone therapy that can help you on your unique journey to the healthiest and happiest version of yourself. Not only can we specifically aid you in your efforts to rectify your thyroid, adrenal and insulin glands, but we can also help you with other compounding efforts to help you lose weight in general. Contact us today to get started on your journey to weight loss.

Compounding for Bad Breath

CPBH Of course, you can have bad breath (halitosis) after you eat onions or garlic, but chronic bad breath is usually caused by the buildup of bacteria or yeast/candida within your body. Bad breath can also be caused by disease, gastrointestinal and/or upper respiratory tract disorders, buildup on your tongue, dry mouth or dental plaque.

To eliminate bad breath, you have to eliminate the cause. Bacteria, yeast and candida feed off sugar and grains. Modify your diet to eliminate sugar and processed foods. Eat probiotic-rich foods like kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and more healthy fats like coconut oil. Also add a high quality probiotic supplement to restore good bacteria in your gut.

Dry mouth (xerostomia) also can cause bad breath. Several medication may cause dry mouth as a side effect. Saliva is needed to moisten the mouth, neutralize acids produced by plaque on teeth, and wash away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. Drinking at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day can help.

Due to its effectiveness against bacteria known as anaerobes, which have the greatest odor potential, the antibiotic metronidazole has been used for treating bad breath associated with ulcerative gingivitis and periodontal disease. A single dose of one tablespoon (15 ml) of metronidazole mouthwash used as a rinse for 5 minutes and then expectorated (spit out) can reduce halitosis significantly by decreasing bacterial counts on the tongue surface. Metronidazole mouthwash may be an option for hospice patients or other patients who suffer from malignant ulcers of the mouth, since the ulcers are often associated with anaerobic bacteria. However, metronidazole mouthwash should not be used to treat bad breath in otherwise healthy people since its use could increase the risk of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

If you suffer from bad breath or other health problems that have not responded to traditional care, talk to our pharmacists to see how we can help.

 

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Curing Insomnia

InsomniaWhat is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a condition where an individual can have a difficult time falling asleep or staying asleep. 30-40% of Americans have sleep issues each year. When sleep disorders last longer than one month, they are classified as a chronic sleep disorder. Scientists do not know why we sleep, but the lack of sleep can affect our mood, our physical wellness, and our overall happiness. REM sleep is the time when we tend to dream, and we should have several episodes of REM sleep each night. Failure to reach REM sleep will have a negative effect on regenerative hormones that are produced while we sleep.

The Natural Sleep Hormone – Melatonin

Melatonin is secreted at night when darkness is approaching and it causes us to become sleepy and lowers our body temperature. Many prescription medications can block the production of Melatonin. You can ask our pharmacists if the medications you are taking may be depleting Melatonin, making it difficult to fall asleep.

There are also lifestyle changes one can enact to improve the quality of sleep. If you have sleep issues, you should first examine the amount of caffeine you are consuming, especially at night. Alcohol will cause poor sleep, especially if taken in excess. To stimulate the production of Melatonin in the evening you should turn your lights down. Staring at computer screens, video games, or television just before bedtime can make Melatonin production difficult. Exercise can improve the quality of sleep, and eating meals too close to bedtime can adversely affect sleep.

Many individuals turn to prescription medications to try to address sleep disorders. However, these medications can become problematic as they can adversely affect the normal sleep cycle, especially the REM sleep cycle. We recommend starting with a quality sleep supplement to help restore the natural sleep rhythm. Magnesium is a mineral that acts as a calmative and helps our muscles relax, helping us to fall asleep more easily. Combinations of sleep-inducing ingredients such as magnesium, Melatonin, Valerian root, passionflower, and L-Theanine can induce a natural sleep onset. L-Theanine is a unique amino acid that acts as a calmative for us when taken during the day, but can help to improve sleep when taken at bedtime. L-Theanine is especially useful for those individuals who only sleep 4-5 hours a night.

If you have sleep problems, we invite you to ask our pharmacists for safe and effective recommendations to help you restore your natural sleep cycle.

8 Facts About Heart Health

heart diseaseFebruary is National American Heart Month which makes it a great time to raise awareness about heart disease and other heart-related issues to ensure that your heart stays healthy for years to come.

Studies show that heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans. Therefore, it’s vital to educate yourself on how to lower your risk. Keep the following heart-related facts in mind this month so you can learn healthy habits for the future.

1. Ten Minutes of Exercise Helps Your Heart

Simply ten minutes of physical activity each day can lower your risk of having a heart attack significantly. Aiming for thirty minutes a day could potentially lower your risk even more.

2. Less Screen Time is Heart Healthy

If you tend to spend four or more hours per day sitting in front of your TV, computer, laptop or other device, your risk of having a heart attack is almost double. Limit screen time and spend more time on your feet to reduce this risk.

3. Heart Disease Starts Early

Heart disease isn’t something that develops when you’re older. In fact, it starts when you’re a teenager or young adult. Being obese during childhood can make the risk of having heart disease even higher when you become an adult.

4. Stress and Heart Disease Go Hand in Hand

Stress is one of the biggest factors that leads to heart disease. Find ways to reduce stress, such as deep breathing. Learn to keep your anger in check in order to lower your risk of having a heart attack.

5. More Sleep Is Better for Your Heart

Those who get more sleep each night have a lower risk of heart disease. Women who get less than five hours of sleep, have a 39 percent chance higher of having heart disease.

6. Laughter Protects Your Heart

Laughing is healthy for your blood vessels. It helps them relax and expand, which keeps your heart working properly.

7. Heart Disease Fatality Rates Are High

Heart disease fatality rates are around 40 percent, which is higher than deaths associated with all types of cancer. More than 25,000 people in the U.S. die from heart disease every day.

8. Age is the Biggest Risk Factor

Although heart disease can start when you are young, age is the biggest risk factor. Other risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and a sedentary lifestyle. Even though you can’t control certain risk factors, such as a family history of heart disease, making healthy lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk overall.

If you want more information on how to keep your heart healthy, contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills. We can also help you out if you are on different medications and are interested in prescription consolidation.

Sports Medicine Compounding

football_helmet_medical_care_first_aid_medicine_thinkstock_76800167-100579749-primary.idgePutting the Warrior Back in “Weekend Warrior”

As we grow older, our competitive spirit rarely falters. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for our bodies. Recovery times that used to entail a few hours now seem to entail a few days; or worse weeks. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort while participating in your favorite sporting activity we may be able to help you, so that you can continue to enjoy the sports that you love for as long as possible.

Compounding for Common Sports Related Injuries

Our compounding pharmacists have the ability to compound medications that treat the following sports related injuries:

  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Muscle Soreness
  • Low Back Pain
  • Chronic Joint Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Osteoarthritis Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Achilles Tendinopathy

And many more!

How We Can Help!

We have the ability to compound several types of medications in topical form that are made specifically for your unique circumstances; thereby creating a medication that is effective, well tolerated, and easy to use. We can also combine medications together into one delivery form, thereby increasing your chances of experiencing the greatest pain relief; and getting you back on the court/field/track as soon as possible. Topical medication administration has been used for decades, and some potential advantages of utilizing topical medications for sports related injuries include:

  • Ease of application
  • Achievement of efficacy with a lower dose
  • Site specific drug delivery
  • Improved patient compliance and adherence
  • Avoidance of risks associated with oral administration
Don’t let your pain keep you from living the quality of life you’d like to! For more information on how we can help you, please call and ask to speak with one of our compounding pharmacists. You’ll be glad you did!

New Year’s Health Resolutions

2019

The new year offers everyone another opportunity to make healthier choices for themselves and their loved ones.

The American Medical Association has offered 10 health recommendations to help patients “determine where they can make the most impactful, long-lasting improvements in their health.”

Avoid sugary drinks. Nothing hits the sweet spot like anhydrous dextrose. That is just one of a long list of sweeteners frequently added to drinks that make it easy to add unneeded calories to your diet. One 20-ounce sports drink has 122 calories of added sugars while a 12-ounce can of regular soda has 126 calories of added sugars. Instead, try drinking water, coffee, unsweetened tea or other calorie-free drinks. When you do drink beverages with sugar, go for milk or all-fruit juices that boost your dairy or fruit intake.

Know your risk for type 2 diabetes. One in three Americans has prediabetes, yet only one in 10 knows it. Prediabetes is a precursor to type 2 diabetes, with as many as 30 percent of patients with prediabetes progressing to diabetes within five years. Yet diabetes is not inevitable. Eating more healthfully, exercising regularly and losing between 5 and 7 percent of one’s body weight can prevent diabetes. Take a self-screening test now to determine your risk, talk to your physician and find out about widely available, evidence-based diabetes prevention programs that can help. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about prediabetes.

Move more. Every healthy adult between 18 and 65 years old needs at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity five days a week. These are activities in which you move your large muscles in a rhythmic manner for a sustained period. They include walking briskly, bicycling slowly or gardening. This kind of movement makes your heart beat more quickly and over time it makes your cardiovascular disease system healthier.

Another healthy alternative is to get at least 20 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity three days a week. This category includes jogging, running, swimming laps, singles’ tennis, dancing, cycling 10 mph or faster, jumping rope or uphill hiking.

Avoid processed food and added sodium. This is a category of unhealthy choices hidden right under our noses, in the form of many packaged foods such as meat, poultry, seafood, pasta, dressings, sauces, soups or gravies. You may, of course, consult the nutrition label to seek out lower-sodium options. A less confusing route is probably to opt for fresh, frozen or canned foods without any added sauces or seasonings. By seasoning your own food when you cook at home, you control how much sodium is used. And try out other herbs and spices to get the kick you want instead of shaking on more salt.

Know your blood pressure numbers. Visit LowerYourHBP.orgto find resources on understanding your numbers. Visit your physician and commit to a planto get your hypertension under control.

If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. If you are a woman, that means up to one drink a day, and two drinks daily for men, as defined by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans—which the AMA supports. And only adults of legal drinking age ought to drink alcohol. Keep in mind that not every drink equals “one drink,” depending on the alcohol content.

Talk with your doctor about tobacco use and quit. Your physician will help you drop the tobacco habit for good with evidence-based, Food and Drug Administration-approved cessation aids. Electronic cigarettes do not fall into that category. A U.S. surgeon general report notes that evidence for e-cigarettes as quit-smoking devices is lacking, adding that the “health impacts of frequent exposure to the toxicants in e-cigarette aerosol are not well understood, though several are known carcinogens.”

And while you’re at it, make your home and car smoke-free. Declaring this the policy of your abode and automobile can help eliminate your exposure—and the exposure of loved ones—to secondhand smoke. Giving friends, family and colleagues who are smokers one less place to light up may also encourage them to take the necessary step of quitting.

Manage stress. The good news on this front is that a good diet and daily exercise, as noted above, are key ingredients to maintaining and improving your mental health. So you are killing two birds with one stone by eating better and moving more. Another essential element on this front is to realize the power of saying “No.” It is never easy to do this, but taking better care of yourself will make you a better colleague and friend over the long run. Lastly, do not see it as a sign of weakness to ask for help from a friend or mental health professional when you need it. We are here for each other.

Safely store and properly dispose of all your prescription medications.If you are taking prescription opioids, follow your physician’s instructions and safely store those medicines. Among other things, medication safety in this area means that you should:

  • Organize and keep careful track of prescribed and over-the-counter medications. Keep stronger medicines separate from items more commonly found in medicine cabinets, keep medicines in the original bottle or container that it came in and never mix medications in the same bottle.
  • Keep medicines secure. Ensure that all lids close tightly, and treat medications like you would other valuables. Make sure they are concealed when guests or visitors are in your home. You may even consider installing a lock box in your medicine cabinet.

If you have any unused medication left over, you should properly dispose of it. Use this U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration search toolto locate nearby public drug-disposal locations.

Make sure your family is up-to-date on its immunizations. Work with your physician to ensure that you are all following the recommendationsof the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. And remember that it is not too late to get your flu shot. Here are six reasons patients give for avoiding flu vaccination—and how to counter them.

Sourced by:

Kevin B. O’Reilly

News Editor

American Medical Association

2018 Holiday Hours

We hope you are all having a wonderful season with family and friends. For your reference, please note our pharmacy’s upcoming hours of business during the holidays. Thank you!

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Compounding for Fertility

compounding for fertilityWhat is Fertility Compounding

In the U.S. alone, one in ten couples have fertility issues. Fertility treatments are highly specialized and must often be customized for each individual. Pharmaceutical compounding has made several major areas of progress for fertility treatments. Fertility medications created at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can treat a wide range of different fertility problems based on the cause. There are many factors that affect fertility even for healthy people. A fertility physician can find the specific causes of the fertility issue and create a customized treatment with our skilled pharmacists for each individual. We offer the benefit of being able to create a wide range of different routes of administration for fertility treatments such as oral capsules, topical gels, suppositories, injections, oral suspension, and other treatments as needed.

Factors That Affect Fertility

Here are a few factors that can affect fertility in both men and women:

  • AGE – Age is the strongest predictor of fertility. Fertility for Men starts to decline at age 35. It starts to decline for women after age 32, although there are many cases of women having children even after the age of 50. There is a higher chance of miscarriage and birth abnormalities for women after the age of 40.
  • STDs – Sexually transmitted diseases can affect fertility for both men and women. Diseases such as syphilis, HPV, gonorrhea, and others can cause fertility problems and by affecting the reproductive organs. Early and effective treatment of STDs can prevent fertility problems from arising.
  • WEIGHT – Weight has a significant influence on fertility, however, weight problems can be treated with the proper diet along with certain compounded medications. For both men and women, body fat levels can affect fertility. Excess body fat in both men and women can cause hormone production abnormalities. Body fat levels that are too low can shut down the reproductive system entirely.
  • HORMONE IMBALANCES – Hormonal imbalances can result from many different causes, for women they can affect the ovulation cycle, making them too long or too short, or stopping them altogether. Hormone imbalances are regularly treated at compounding pharmacies with customized treatments based on each individual’s hormone levels.
  • MEDICATIONS – Many medications can have fertility side effects that result in low libido or other fertility problems. Many of fertility side effects are temporary, and some of the medications that can affect fertility include antibiotics, anti-depressants, and painkillers. Compounded medications can also be created to reverse fertility problems caused by medications.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD EXPOSURE – There are several different types of environmental hazards that can lead to fertility issues such as radiation, microwave emissions, high temperatures, chemicals, prolonged exposure to stress, and several other factors can cause fertility problems.
  • DRUGS AND ALCOHOL – Several types of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol can cause a wide range of different fertility problems. Smoking can cause fertility problems for women. Even moderate alcohol consumption can cause fertility problems. Addictions to drugs and alcohol can be treated with compounded medications.

Compounding Fertility Treatments

Compounding fertility medications has proven to be successful in treating fertility issues. We can create customized fertility medications based on the individual needs of the patient and directions of fertility physicians. Contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills today to learn more!

How to Detox After Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

wildfire-smoke-air-face-maskFor much of the west coast, wildfire smoke inhalation is unavoidable. This was especially true in the Los Angeles County and Ventura County area, where the wind-fueled blazes still burns acres of land.

Detoxing after smoke exposure is essential to your long-term and short term health. Detox solutions can include:

  1. Drinking LOTS of Water
  2. Drinking Hot Liquids
  3. Using a Saline Nasal Spray
  4. Rinsing Your Sinuses with a Neti Pot
  5. Breathing in Steam with Thyme
  6. Receiving a Vitamin Rich IV Drip
  7. Loading Your Diet with Ginger
  8. Increasing Your Vitamin C Intake
  9. Upping Your Glutathione Levels

We have all been encouraged to stay indoors. Some heeded these warnings. Some individuals fled to less smoky environments. And, some folks attempted to cover their faces with cloths or mask. Unfortunately, if you were here when the fires began, you were most likely exposed.

The concern with the exposure isn’t so much getting a large fleck of ash in your eye. Yes, smoke exposure can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like irritated sinuses, eye irritation, and shortness of breath. However, the real concern is the fine particles.

Jane Greenhalgh explained in her recent NPR article, ‘Is All That Wildfire Smoke Damaging My Lungs?’ it’s the, “particulate matter that’s 2.5 microns or less in diameter — that are the biggest health hazard. They’re so small you can’t see them.

Here are nine tips to help you detox and protect your lung from long-term damage after wildfire smoke inhalation:

1. Water. Drink LOTS of Water

Drink water. Drink LOTS of water. This is not a new mantra. It’s not a revolutionary tip. You’ve probably heard it hundreds of times before. Unfortunately, the vast majority of individuals are dehydrated. This is particularly an issue when you’re trying to detox after the harmful effects of fire.

Wildfire smoke inhalation causes microscopic particles to get trapped in your lungs. They can get into your bloodstream. And, they can travel throughout your body contaminate other organs.

Water helps flush these particles from your system. Ten, 8-ounce glasses of water is a good target in general. If you’re detoxing, aim to increase this intake to 12 or 14 glasses.

2. Drink Hot Liquids

Cilia are a short eyelash-like filament that covers the tissue of cells. When operating correctly, they beat in unison, creating a current that can move particles throughout the body (via Encyclopedia Britannica).

When there is a decrease in air quality, it can cause the cilium (plural for cilia) to stop moving. Hot liquids can encourage the cilium to start moving again. This can promote the movement (and removal) of mucous and saliva, which often contains high levels of contaminants.

Bonus Tip: A good ‘hot liquid’ drink can be made by steeping Slippery Elm and Marshmallow Root in hot water. These two herbs support, moisten, and relax the fragile tissues in your mouth, throat, and lungs.

3. Use a Saline Nasal Spray

It’s easy for smoke exposure to cause irritated sinuses, irritation to the eyes, and shortness of breath. A saline nasal spray can help you moisten and soothe the inside of your nose. This can promote the expulsion of foreign matter and provide immediate relief.

4. Rinse Sinus with a Neti Pot

Think of a neti pot as a nasal spray on steroids. In short – a neti pot allows you to perform a thorough, natural nasal rinse. It helps you remove foreign substances. When you’re exposed to smoke, pollutants can easily get trapped in your nasal passage. If allowed to remain, they can easily travel to the lungs and cause additional issues.

Generally, a rinsing with a neti pot can reduce congestion and improve symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and dry nasal passages.

5. Breathe Steam with Thyme

Thyme has a wide variety of benefits, including:

  • Anti- Microbial
  • Anti-Viral
  • Anti-Fungal

Breathing a steam, rich with thyme, can help expel foreign substances, clear passageways, and reduce the irritation level of your sinuses. The simplest way to create thyme-filled steam is to add 1 – 2 TBS of thyme to a large bowl. Pour in boiling water. Lower your head so it’s inches from the hot water. Cover head and bowl with a large towel, trapping steam under the towel. Breathe deeply for 1 – 2 minutes. Repeat as needed.

6. Receive a Vitamin Rich IV Drip

IV drip therapy allows you to give your body a huge boost of the key vitamins and minerals it needs to function at its peak. Depending on your doctor, they can help you a specific cocktail to meet your individual needs.

7. Load Your Diet with Ginger

Ginger is another fabulous, natural detoxifier. Not only does it contain chemical compounds that help the lungs function, ginger improves blood circulation. Plus, ginger is downright delicious.

It’s great in stir-fries, dressings, and marinades. Ginger can also be sliced and steeped in hot water to make a ginger tea. You may want to add a little lemon juice and honey to temper the flavor, as it can be very intense.

8. Up Your Vitamin C

Another natural antioxidant is Vitamin C. During the late fall and early winter, satsumas and pomegranates offer an easy and delicious way to add more Vitamin C to your diet. You may also consider a daily vitamin supplement.

9. Up Your Glutathione Levels

Glutathione is another natural antioxidant. It supports the production of cellular energy and can help protect your DNA from oxidative damage (a common side effect of smoke exposure).

Get Help

Our pharmacists are prepared to help you detox and restore your health. Please contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills to learn more.

 

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