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.

 

Sourced by: Tru Health Medicine

High Dose Biotin & Multiple Sclerosis

ms and compoundingWhat is Biotin?

Biotin goes by several other names: vitamin H, vitamin B7, and coenzyme R. Biotin is an essential molecule to biological processes which cannot be produced in the body. Like all vitamins, it must be ingested in the diet. Currently, high dose biotin at a dose of 300 mg every day is being clinically investigated for the improvement of symptoms in progressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). This dose is 10,000 times higher than the adequate daily intake recommendations. Current disease-modifying therapies are used only to delay progression of primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) and secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) or for active progressive disease. There is currently no disease-modifying therapy for patients with non-active progressive MS. Preliminary evidence has suggested biotin may be able to improve symptoms in PPMS and SPMS while being well tolerated. Still, these results are in their infancy and high dose biotin is not yet FDA approved for this indication.

How Dose Biotin Work?

Biotin is a cofactor for four essential enzymes in the human body which help the body build fatty acids from smaller molecular building blocks. Without biotin these enzymes cannot function. The destruction of the fatty myelin sheath surrounding nerves is thought to be the underlying pathology of MS. It is theorized that supplying large amounts of biotin helps these enzymes function to recreate the myelin sheath thereby increasing overall function for the patient.

The Role of the Compounding Pharmacy

Because high dose forms of biotin are not currently commercially available due to its investigational status, 300 mg biotin capsules must be compounded in a compounding pharmacy. Over the counter supplemental preparations come in 10 mg doses which would require the user to ingest 30 pills per day to follow a “high dose” regimen. The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills has the tools to provide a full daily dose in a single capsule. Additionally, we follow much stricter practices than companies that sell over the counter nutritional supplements ensuring that your product is USP (United States Pharmacopeia) grade, and is confirmed to be precisely what your doctor prescribed.

Contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills to discuss compounding options to help you improve your symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Benefits of Compounding for Children

Child refuses  to take a medicineIt’s no secret that most kids don’t like taking medicine. There’s nothing fun about being sick, and taking medicine just seems to make it worse. But it doesn’t have to be that way. While there’s no guarantee that taking medicine will ever become an entirely pleasurable event, there are some ways to help.

One of the best involves compounding medications, the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. From flavoring medications to make them taste better, to providing individualized strengths and dosage forms, a compounding pharmacist from The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can help make taking medication easier and less stressful for your child – and you!

Pediatric compounding – more effective than a spoonful of sugar.

Children are especially suited for custom compounded prescriptions. For various reasons, commercially manufactured drug forms sometimes may not meet the needs of every child. Compounding can benefit young patients in a variety of ways.

Working closely with a compounding pharmacist, your child’s pediatrician can prescribe medications for:
  • Pain relief
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Oral thrush
  • Diabetes
  • Head lice
  • Diaper rash
  • Skin disorders
  • Cold sores/fever blisters
  • And much more!

Flavored Medicine

Many children refuse medication because of its texture or color, or simply because they know it’s medicine. The child who refuses to take his or her medicine because of the taste is a prime candidate for compounded medication.

Many medications can be transformed into colorful, pleasantly flavored dosage forms, which are dispensed in childproof packaging. Dozens of enticing flavors are available to our compounding pharmacists, who can enhance the taste and color of a medication without changing the medication’s effectiveness.

Unique Dosage Forms

Many children have a very difficult time swallowing capsules or tablets, especially if they have to take more than one medication during the day. To solve this problem, your pediatrician and our compounding pharmacists can develop and prepare medications in alternate dosage forms your child won’t mind taking. These include:

  • Oral liquids
  • Lollipops
  • Gummy treats
  • Topical gels
  • Effervescent drinks

Some compounded medications can be administered using special pacifiers or bottles for infants – and most can be administered in any number of great flavors.

Strength and Ingredient Variations

Each child is unique. Children differ in size and individual needs. Some have allergies and varying drug tolerances, requiring medications which are sugar-freegluten-freecasein-freesoy-free, or dye-free. As a result, can be a challenge to find a commercially available medication suitable for your child’s individual needs. Our compounding pharmacists work closely with your caring pediatrician to formulate a medication which meets all of your child’s requirements.

Autism

Children affected by autism often have unique physical or psychological challenges that can be exacerbated by ingredients found in food and medicine – for instance casein, soy, sugars, gluten, dyes, carbohydrates, and heavy metals (such as aluminum). Parents must manage their child’s unique dietary restrictions, including the ingredients in the medications they take.

Because each child’s body has its own unique needs, commercially available medications sometimes may not provide the appropriate dosage form or ingredients needed. For these children, compounded medications are a critical tool.

PCCA Pharmacy Consultant Tricia Heitman, PharmD, explained, “Most compounded medications for children with autism are for younger kids who can be especially finicky and can’t or won’t take capsules or pills. Compounded medications in different dosage forms and flavors are often the only way to administer key ingredients such as melatonin, amino acid and vitamin mixtures that are crucial in managing autism.

“Parents and practitioners working with children with autism must manage ingredients that can trigger reactions, such as hyperactivity, irritability, depression and acting-out, or serious gastrointestinal problems. As the largest supplier to compounding pharmacies in the U.S., we have a special obligation to develop unique products to serve the 1 in 68 children with autism.”

PCCA has several products that benefit the autism community, including:

  • SuspendAll™: A suspension base for oral medications that is free of ingredients known to cause reactions in autistic children.
  • Anhydrous Lipoderm®: A quick-absorbing cream used to deliver medications transdermally. It does not use aluminum silicate – a common binding agent.
  • Effervescent Powder™ Base: A powder base for oral medications that effervesces when mixed with water and is used to help make medications more palatable.

Your child deserves individualized pediatric care. Ask a pharmacist at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills about personalized compounded prescriptions for children today!

Root Cause of Women’s Hair Loss

women's hair lossMany women complain about hair loss. The majority of them are in the perimenopause and menopausal phases of their lives. It is interesting to note that during these phases, hormonal imbalance tends to be in play along with other factors like stress, medications (birth control pills and synthetic hormones), thyroid dysfunction, and poor diet and lifestyle choices. Let’s explore some common causes of hormonal imbalance related to hair loss.

Progesterone and Estrogen Levels Out of Balance

During perimenopause, our vital hormones like estrogen and progesterone begin to decline in production. Unfortunately, when progesterone levels get too low, estrogen dominance (a state of having too much estrogen in one’s body relative to progesterone) can occur. This can trigger excessive hair shedding and ultimately, hair loss. Also, low estrogen levels and increased testosterone levels during perimenopause and menopause can result in hair loss.

Estrogen is your friend when it’s appropriately balanced with progesterone. It stabilizes your mood, provides energy, and contributes to a healthy sex drive. However, too much estrogen caused by weight gain, perimenopause or toxicity from exposure to endocrine disruptors (elements in our food, water, and plastic products), can lead to thinning hair. Also, during and after pregnancy, for example, estrogen levels peak and then dip, causing sudden hair loss for many women.

Progesterone is our natural androgen (testosterone and DHEA) receptor blocker. In other words, it protects the hair follicle from testosterone. Progesterone is the reason women’s hair grow so thick during pregnancy. To have adequate progesterone, we must ovulate regularly. Women on birth control pills and women with a condition called PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) do not ovulate, and do not make enough progesterone. (The progestins in the pill are NOT progesterone.) Another cause of progesterone deficiency is stress, which forces the body to convert progesterone into the stress hormone cortisol. Magnesium is essential for progesterone production and calms the stress response. Magnesium is another androgen receptor blocker. This is why women who want to recover their hair should be on magnesium. Bioidentical progesterone replacement is an option if you are low but must be done along with correcting insulin resistance and thyroid deficiencies.

Insulin Impairment, PCOS, Testosterone

Insulin, a hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels, affects fat storage, heart health, and hair growth. One published study in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Risk found that women with some markers of insulin resistance have a greater risk for androgenic alopecia (AGA), or female pattern baldness.

Insulin resistance is a condition where we become resistant to our excessively produced amount of insulin in response to too much ingestion of processed foods high in refined sugars. It can lead to inflammation, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, facial hair growth and scalp hair loss in women. Other causes of insulin resistance include omega-6 vegetable oil, smoking, vitamin D deficiency, birth control pills, and a problem with intestinal bacteria due to antibiotic use.

Testosterone can cause hair loss. Although estrogen is the primary woman’s hormone, women also produce testosterone and other androgens like DHEA. As the body ages, women may begin to convert these androgens to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a more potent form of testosterone. DHT is responsible for hair thinning and hair loss. Women with PCOS have high testosterone on blood tests. Some have normal testosterone but still show signs of testosterone insensitivity such as acne and facial hair. The testosterone of PCOS is usually caused by insulin resistance.

Thyroid Disease

Too little or too high levels of thyroid can cause hair loss. When estrogen levels are higher due to low levels of progesterone, estrogen can compete with thyroid hormone at the receptor, creating low thyroid symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, and hair loss.

Cortisol and Stress

Hair loss may be the first indication that your stress level is taking a toll on your body. Stress seems to be a part of all of our lives and it is reaching epidemic proportions. Excessive physical stress, including high intensity exercise, or emotional stress associated with illness, injury, and trauma may cause hair to stop growing and enter a period of dormancy which is followed by hair falling out two or three months later

Cortisol is the stress hormone that gives the body its fight or flight response to stressful situations. High or low cortisol levels can cause hair loss. Increased cortisol levels due to prolonged stress can increase androgen production and raise blood sugar as well as block thyroid receptors. This can lead to hypothyroid causing hair thinning and hair loss.

How to Maintain Your Mane

  1. Get tested to see what your baseline hormone levels are, including estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and diurnal cortisol. Get a complete blood count, fasting blood glucose, iron levels, and a complete thyroid panel. These assessments can give you a better understanding of what hormonal issues may be at the root of your problem.
  2. Change your eating habits to eating more wholesome, nutritious, unprocessed foods by incorporating more fiber, more protein, fruits and vegetables, and drinking more water. Cut down on fast foods, processed and refined sugars, sodas, etc.
  3. Replenish your body with key nutrients that we are often deficient in that can affect hair growth such as vitamins A, E, B, C, D; omega-3 fatty acids; lysine; magnesium; selenium; copper; and zinc.
  4. Nurture your adrenals to keep cortisol in balance with adaptogenic herbs, meditation, light exercise such as yoga, Pilates, or walking daily. Manage your stress. Be sure to sleep. Deep sleep can help you heal in order to repair cellular damage. This helps with general hormone balance and can protect your precious locks from any further damage.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills is here to help you live healthy and happy. We are happy to discuss compounding options to assist you with hair growth. Contact us today!

 

Source: Zoom Heaton

Know The Difference: Generic, Name Brand and Compounded Medication

compounding pharmacistWhen you need over-the-counter or prescription drugs for a health issue, your main options include name brand and generic ones. While these are the choices you’re most likely familiar with, there’s another option to consider: compounded medication. Compounding pharmacies offer another way for you to get medication for your health issues that differ from what you’ll get with generic or name brand drugs.

Generic vs. Name Brand

What are the differences and similarities between generic and name brand medications? These drugs have the following in common:

  • They provide the same treatment: The FDA compares these drugs to determine if they offer the same active ingredients, dosages, form and strength. Generic drugs must match name brand drugs in order for the FDA to approve them.
  • They’re tested for bioequivalence: The FDA also tests generic drugs to see if they act the same as name brand drugs when they’re in your bloodstream.

Generic and name brand drugs differ in the following ways:

  • They might have different inactive ingredients: Generic drugs must have the same active ingredients as name brand ones, but they’re allowed to have different inactive ingredients.
  • They have different packaging: The packaging they come in usually differs regarding its overall style.
  • They might look different: Generic drugs might not look the same as name brand ones, but this doesn’t affect how well they work.

What is a Compounding Pharmacy?

Compounding pharmacies provide a wider range of options when it comes to medications since they focus on customization. These pharmacies are able to work outside of the agreements that corporate pharmacies have with drug manufacturers. This provides them with more freedom to offer customized medications with lower prices, at different dosages, in different forms, and in different combinations.

Compounding pharmacies can customize commercial, name brand medications and generic ones in order to provide patients with personalized treatment. They do not create exact copies of commercially available medications, which is forbidden by law. Instead, they provide patients with modified forms as needed. They can also offer patients formulations that drug manufacturers have discontinued. Compounding pharmacies are also able to create different forms of medications for patients, such as gels, topical creams, tablets and even lollipops. These different forms can make medications easier for patients to take.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills Helps Meet Your Specific Needs

If you’re looking for customized medications with a lower cost, keep The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills in mind as an option. You’ll get more personalized treatment than you would with generic or name brand drugs while still taking high-quality medication.

If you’d like to learn more about compounding pharmacies, please contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills to speak with a pharmacist. We are a locally owned and operated compounding pharmacy that has been serving customers in the Los Angeles area for over 20 years. We’re here to help!

 

Source: Arena District Pharmacy

PROBIOTICS: The One Supplement Everyone Should Be Taking Daily

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Probiotics refer to the beneficial bacteria that live in the human gastrointestinal tract, and promote a proper and balanced intestinal environment with ample health benefits. Some of the common health benefits from using probiotics are:

  • Boosting your immunity
  • Brain Health
  • Protects against leaky gut
  • Vaginal yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Urinary Tract infections
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Constipation
  • Heart Health
  • Weight loss

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can take this beneficial bacterium and put it into a capsule form that everyone can benefit from!

 

WHY IT’S FOR YOU

Achieving a thriving microbiome can be very challenging in this over-productive and highly efficient world. Most of us deal with too much stress, not enough sleep, are overloaded with caffeine, and consume diets filled with highly processed foods. These factors contribute to creating an imbalance in our gut bacteria and therefore, counteracts achieving optimal heath. By incorporating a probiotic supplement into your daily regime, you can increase your overall wellbeing and even boost the effectiveness of your other supplements by enhancing nutrient absorption.

 

WHERE TO START

Probiotic supplements are great tools for attaining your best health. However, in this era of abundant natural health products, they can also be overwhelming. When choosing a probiotic supplement, it is important to remember that it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ concept. There are a variety of strains and species to consider and the probiotic supplement you get should be based on your individualized health concerns, even if it is just to maintain your great lifestyle.

The key is to keep it simple and get back to the basics. Speak with one of our pharmacists about picking a probiotic right for you!

 

Sourced by Monika Bhargava

Traveling With Medication

traveling-with-medicationWhether traveling for business or pleasure, many people need to take daily medications or supplements with them. If you’re flying, there can be concerns about lost luggage and winding up without any of your necessary medications – and no way to get a refill. Here are a few important things to know about traveling with medication.

Use a Carry-on Bag

Every airline has slightly different standards for what size, shape, and dimension they consider to be carry-on size. Check with your airline to get the exact details. Once you know that, try to carry your medications in your carry on bag. This avoids the concerns of lost luggage and ensures that the medications will remain at room temperature with you in the plane’s cabin. The potential swings in temperature in the baggage area could affect the potency of your medications. If your medication needs to be kept cold, most security checkpoints allow you to bring a small cooler bag to store your medications during travel.

Check the TSA rules (https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/medical) for exact instructions on how to carry your specific medication. For example, liquids need to be in containers less than 3.4oz and you must declare inhalers to TSA officials. When possible, it is best to leave the pharmacy label on all medication containers. It may help make the security check in process go more smoothly.

Use a Pill Planner

At home, you may keep your pills in their original prescription bottles. But unless you’re going away for an entire month, you probably don’t need all of your medication for your trip. Instead, get a pill planner and organize your daily meds into it. Not only will this safe space in your luggage, it also helps you remember to take your medications when you’re outside your normal routine. Depending on your medication and the TSA regulations, you may need to put the pill planner in your checked bag. It is also a good idea to keep a list of your medications with you.

Set Reminders

At home, you may take your pills with breakfast or after your shower. When traveling, routines get shaken up and changed. To prevent any missed doses, set a reminder on your smart phone to let you know when you need to take your medications. Keeping them in a pill planner also helps you visually see whether you’ve taken your dose or not.

Traveling with medications can seem overwhelming, but with a little prep work, it’s easily done. Contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills if you have any concerns about taking your medication with you.

 

sourced by The Compounding Center

What Compounding Pharmacists Do

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Originally, all medications were compounded. Pharmacists measured individual medication components and dispensed them to patients on an as-needed basis. During the 1950s and ’60s, mass production became more the norm and pharmacists switched to distributing controlled substances that were already mixed.

However, mass production doesn’t meet individual needs. Pharmacy compounding creates personalized medication. Compounding pharmacists mix specific ingredients at the right strength and provide only the necessary ingredients.

Besides delivering precise strengths, compounding can make unique dosage forms and flavors available, and it excludes ingredients that might cause allergic reactions in specific patients.

If patients can’t take medication in pill form, compounding pharmacists might supply it as a nasal spray or topical gel. If common dermatological formulas contain irritants, compounding pharmacists can create a customized solution with the same medication.

Sometimes children or pets won’t take prescriptions because they have a strange taste or odor. Enter compounded medications – which come in specialized flavors.

Truly Healthy Medicine

If you’re taking medication to heal or to stay well, you want to be sure you’re doing the best thing for your body. Buffers, binders, fillers, colorants, preservatives and coatings can be bad for you. Avoid the proteins, alcohol, artificial sweeteners and other ingredients commonly found in medication by choosing a prescription that’s crafted uniquely for you.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills removes fillers and unnecessary active ingredients, including acetaminophen.

Contact us to speak with a compounding pharmacist today about getting your medication without unhealthy, complication-causing additives.

 

Source: Compounding Pharmacy of America

Compounding Benefits for New Mothers

Mom and Baby nursingPediatric health experts encourage mothers to breastfeed their babies if they are physically able to do so. Human milk is a unique nutritional source that is easy to digest and provides the perfect balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates and nutrients to promote the growth and development of your baby.

It’s often difficult for nursing mothers to find up-to-date, reliable information and support for their unique struggles and medical issues. In some parts of the U.S., breastfeeding remains a taboo subject that even physicians feel too uncomfortable to discuss thoroughly.

A compounding pharmacist is a great resource for lactating mothers who don’t feel their questions and concerns are being properly addressed by traditional experts. The compounding pharmacist follows safe, established pharmaceutical guidelines while offering you nursing-related products and services that are unknown or unexplored by some medical advisors. Here are three ways compounding pharmacies support your lactation goals.

Your Compounding Pharmacy Offers Customized Care to Prepare

Lactation experts suggest that potential nursing mothers prepare in advance for the physical demands of breastfeeding. One sensitive issue new moms face is sore nipples. It takes a while for some babies to learn how to latch on, and some babies pinch when they feed. If you haven’t toughened up the breasts, you may have some discomfort until you and your baby get the hang of nursing.

Soreness shouldn’t be a reason to give up on nursing your baby if you’re committed to seeing it through. Your compounding pharmacist mixes up ointments that can help condition your nipples in advance of nursing. These ointments help protect and add resilience to your sensitive spots, increasing your ability to withstand any future rough treatment. Choose ointments with conditioning ingredients only, or ask the compounding pharmacist for a nipple ointment that has anti-fungal and germ-fighting qualities.

Ingredients that may be used in breast ointments include:

  • Miconazole powder—anti-fungal agent that’s used to treat common nursing infections, such as Candida albicans (thrush or yeast infection) very effectively
  • Mupirocin—antibiotic that kills Staph including MRSA and is safe for mother and baby since most ointment stays on mom’s skin
  • Betamethasone—corticosteroid that decreases swelling and redness and is also safe for mother and baby

Your compounding pharmacy will have its own proven “recipes” for creating effective lactation-related ointments and creams. Use these tried-and-true ointments with or without medication as you massage sensitive areas of the breast in preparation for nursing. If you experience soreness using a breast pump or other method to prepare for nursing, the ointments are very helpful. The formulations are useful all-purpose treatments for cracked, sore or infected breasts both before your baby’s birth and while nursing.

Your Compounding Pharmacy Offers Safe Support for Successful Lactation

New FDA rules make it easier than ever for your compounding pharmacist to advise you on safe drugs to take during the time period when you’re pregnant and nursing. If you have questions about a medication your doctor prescribed, ask your compounding pharmacist to check on the safety for nursing mothers and their babies.

If you feel a medication is too risky to take while you’re nursing your baby, but you need a health issue addressed, ask your compounding pharmacist about safe alternative treatments. The compounding pharmacist will work with your physician, pediatrician and obstetrician to create the safest medications possible.

Compounding pharmacists also understand the delicate hormonal triggers that make lactation successful. It’s sometimes necessary to adjust levels of oxytocin, estrogen, progesterone and prolactin using various medications in order to increase lactation. Your doctor may prescribe oxytocin nasal spray after pregnancy to help your body adjust to nursing.

Another way to assist lactation is to block dopamine’s influence on prolactin. Without enough prolactin in your system, you can’t produce milk. Dopamine inhibits prolactin in some women, so you may be prescribed drugs that block dopamine, including:

  • Metoclopramide
  • Domperidone
  • Sulpiride

These drugs are controversial due to potential side effects. If you’re having trouble producing enough milk, ask your medical providers and lactation consultant about the appropriate use of these medications in your specific situation. Mothers who wish to nurse adopted infants may also seek lactation-inducing medications from a compounding pharmacy when their physicians approve the use of these drugs.

Your Compounding Pharmacy Offers Help With Weaning Issues

Weaning your baby can be uncomfortable, especially if you and your baby have to quit “cold turkey.” You may face painful, engorged breasts and inflamed nipples. This engorgement can block or infect your milk ducts.

Your compounding pharmacist can help with ointments and other advice about over-the counter remedies to soothe breast pain and infection. The pharmacy may also be able to help you with remedies to help with weaning, including supplements.

Some physicians prescribe a medication called bromocriptine to reduce the prolactin levels in your system. As with all medications, the use of bromocriptine to dry up the milk supply is controversial. Your compounding pharmacist is a great resource to consult if you wish to learn more about modern drugs and effective, rapid weaning.

Contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills today to receive expert answers to your questions about safe medications to use during pregnancy, postpartum care and lactation.

 

sourced by Potters House

Managing Stress

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Stress has been characterized as a physiological demand placed on the body when one must adapt, cope or adjust with situations. Longstanding research has noted that stress has an impact on both physical and mental health. The recent Stress in America survey statistics indicate that 39% of Americans reported that their stress had increased over the past year. More alarming, only 29% reported that they were doing an “excellent” or “very good” job at managing their stress. According to the Stress in America survey, sources of stress include money (75%), work (70%), economy (67%), relationships (58%), family responsibilities (57%), family’s health (53%), personal health (53%), job stability (49%), housing (49%), and personal safety (32%).

When examining stress among ethnic minority groups, additional burdens may exacerbate stress. It has been noted that racial and ethnic minorities have more chronic stress due to factors such as perceived discrimination, racisim, socioeconomic status, acculturation, and family stress. Signs of stress include: being tired or fatigued, having difficulties concentrating, irritability or short temper, and poor appetite. This may also be combined with unhealthy coping habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol, and over or under eating. If you notice any of the above behaviors you may consider talking to a professional.

Simple ways to cope with stress:

1. Understand how you stress.  Stress is experienced and managed differently by each individual. Some things that may be stressful for some may serve as a trigger for others to become productive. It is important for you to know what types of situations make you feel different than you do most of the time. For example, stress may be related to your children, family, health, financial decisions, work, relationships or something else.

2. Find healthy ways to manage stress. The ways in which you cope with stress are unique to your personality. Consider healthy, stress-reducing activities that work best for you such as exercising or talking things out with friends or family, listening to music, writing, or spending time with a friend or relative. Keep in mind that unhealthy behaviors develop over time and can be difficult to change. Don’t take on too much at once. Focus on changing only one behavior at a time.

3. Take care of yourself. We generally do a good job of attending to our own needs. However, at times we can take on more than we can manage. No matter how hectic life gets, make time for yourself — even if it’s just simple things like reading a good book or listening to your favorite music. Eat right, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water and engage in regular physical activity. Take regular vacations or other breaks from work.

4. Reach out for support. Although it can be difficult to open up to others about your life and problems, sometimes not holding things inside can help with decreasing your stress. Accepting help from supportive friends and family can improve your ability to manage stress. If you continue to feel overwhelmed by stress, you may want to talk to a psychologist, who can help you better manage stress and change unhealthy behaviors.

Written by Erlanger A. Turner, Ph.D.