Compounding Melasma Cream

CPBHMelasma is a skin condition that results in patches of brown and gray hyperpigmentation on the face and sometimes other parts of the body. The condition is common in women, especially those who are pregnant, with only about 10% of individuals with melasma being men. While the condition has no cure, there are both preventative measures that can reduce the risk of flare-ups and effective treatments for reducing hyperpigmentation. Melasma treatments can include chemical peels, laser treatments, and facial masks performed by a skincare professional. Along with these treatments most patients also benefit from using a combination melasma cream that contains lightening ingredients.

What Are Some Melasma Causes?

Causes for melasma flare-ups include sun exposure, hormonal changes, and the use of certain irritating products on the skin. The most common trigger is ultraviolet light from the sun, which stimulates the production of melanocytes that lead to hyperpigmentation. Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and birth control medication are also common melasma causes.

Preventative measures are usually the first step in managing melasma. Proper sun protection is essential as even a small amount of exposure can trigger a new flare-up. To protect against UV rays, a broad-spectrum sunscreen should be worn daily with frequent reapplication and a broad-brimmed hat worn to protect the face when going outside. The American Academy of Dermatology has some excellent resources on sunscreen and sun protection that are recommended for anyone with melasma.

Even with the proper precautionary measures it is difficult to avoid flare-ups, however, and in many cases melasma will appear even with the right skin protection.

What Are Melasma Treatment Options?

Finding the best treatment for melasma can be difficult as it is a stubborn condition that frequently returns after getting it under control. Since how melasma develops is not completely understood, a combination of therapies is often the best approach.

Glycolic acid peels can provide great improvement for many melasma patients. These chemical peels need to be done by a qualified skincare professional who understands how to use the appropriate strength and application time for the individual’s skin. Glycolic acid peels are available in multiple strengths for different depths of treatment.

Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices are used to treat melasma and there are a variety of procedures available for different skin types.

Melasma Cream: The best melasma treatment will vary between individuals, but regardless of what procedures are used a melasma cream is often prescribed to be used post-treatment. There are many OTC products that claim to treat melasma but the best melasma cream is one with a combination of prescription-strength ingredients.

What is the Best Melasma Cream?

Use of a combination melasma cream has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for melasma. By itself hydroquinone may be effective, but the best melasma cream includes multiple ingredients working together. A melasma cream that includes hydroquinone, tretinoin, kojic acid, and hydrocortisone is the best way to treat melasma and improve the complexion.  This effective combination of ingredients is fully customizable by a compounding pharmacy with different strengths and ingredients to meet the needs of each patient.

Hydroquinone and kojic acid are skin lighteners that change the pigment of the skin to reduce the appearance of melasma patches. Hydroquinone and kojic acid are chemicals that inhibit production of tyrosinase, which is necessary for melanin synthesis. They slow the overactive synthesis of melanin that is causing melasma hyperpigmentation. Hydroquinone cream has been used on its own for many years but was found to work even more effectively in combination with other ingredients. At the higher doses, hydroquinone is only available by prescription and certain dosages must be compounded.

Tretinoin (retinoic acid) improves the complexion by gently removing hyperpigmented skin through increased cell turnover. This exfoliation eliminates the hyperpigmented skin cells so they can be replaced by unaffected cells. Tretinoin also helps the hydroquinone and kojic acid in the melasma cream to penetrate the skin.

Hydrocortisone reduces redness and irritation that can occur from the use of hydroquinone or tretinoin.  It has a soothing effect on the skin by preventing inflammation.

When these ingredients are combined they treat melasma more effectively and provide faster results than a cream with only hydroquinone.  Through multiple treatment methods and the right preventative measures, melasma flare-ups can effectively be brought under control.

Contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills to see how we can help!

Compounding Medication for Chronic Sinusitis

CPBHsinusWhat is Chronic Sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is a common condition in which the sinuses become inflamed and swollen for at least 12 weeks, despite treatment attempts.  This condition interferes with drainage and causes mucus buildup.  Breathing through your nose might be difficult and the area around your face might feel swollen, causing pain.  Chronic sinusitis can be brought on by an infection, by growths in the sinuses (nasal polyps) or by a deviated nasal septum.

Anyone can get chronic sinusitis but for some people nasal problems don’t go away easily. When you get a cold or have an allergic reaction, your sinuses may swell because they are blocked with fluid. This leads to a runny and congested nose and sometimes coughing and headaches. This condition is called sinusitis and it usually will go away when your cold goes away. Sometimes sinusitis can become a chronic condition, however, and therapy with medications can be especially helpful in these cases.

The cause of the sinusitis will determine the type of medication and method of delivery. Anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics, and anti-fungals are all kinds of medications that may be used to treat this condition.

Is Sinusitis Preventable?

Sinusitis can be caused by many different factors but there are a few things you can do to prevent it. During cold season make sure to wash your hands fairly often. Don’t smoke as this will increase your chances of having sinus issues and a range of other problems.

What is Topical Sinus Therapy?

Topical sinus therapy treatments are applied nasally and can often provide significant relief. There is a growing amount of support for the use of antimicrobials applied topically to improve chronic sinusitis. One great benefit from delivering medication in this way is that you will not be exposed to systemic effects that come from taking oral medications.

At our compounding pharmacy we can make medication to a doctor’s specifications and deliver them through different devices. Nasal spray treatments are available for many different medications. Atomized therapy propels medication deep into the sinus cavity and nasal passages very quickly.

Sinus Irrigation versus Sinus Atomization

Sinus irrigation and sinus atomization are each treatment methods your doctor may prescribe for sinusitis or a sinus infection. Although they differ, the benefit of both methods is that medication is delivered directly to the sinuses, which means there’s less potential for side effects than may come from taking an oral antibiotic or steroid.

What are Sinus Irrigation and Sinus Atomization?

Sinus irrigation, also called nasal irrigation, has been performed for centuries, but it is just now becoming common in western nations. Many allergists and otolaryngologists now recommend various forms of sinus irrigation for sinus complaints. At its most basic, nasal irrigation involves using a saline or salt water rinse to clear the sinuses of mucus, debris, and airborne pollutants. This is often done using a device called a neti pot to pour the solution into one nostril, then the other. You can also use a sinus irrigation bottle to administer the solution. Your doctor may prescribe a compounded medication that is added to the saline for sinus irrigation. In this way, you are both flushing out the sinuses and administering the medication directly where it is needed.

Atomized therapy uses positive pressure to propel medications deep into the sinus cavities, providing relief and treatment to the problem areas. Sinus atomization is an appealing treatment option to avoid the use of long-term oral antibiotics and steroids.

When You Might Need Them

Anyone can use nasal irrigation to relieve congestion and sinus pressure. You don’t need a prescription for a simple saline rinse. However, compounded solutions such as antibiotics, antifungals or anti-Inflammatories may be prescribed by your doctor. Sinus irrigation is often prescribed for:  acute sinusitis, chronic sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, postnasal drip, post-operative sinus therapy, and prevention of future sinus problems.

Sinus atomization is less commonly prescribed than irrigation and is often given for chronic sinusitis and post-operative sinus therapy.

How Compounded Sinus Therapy Can Help

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills offers amazing prescriptions which benefits our patients immensely. Unlike mass-formulated medications, your compounded prescriptions are tailored exactly to your needs. They can target your precise symptoms whether you need an antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, or all of these ingredients. Contact us today to learn how we can relieve your sinus pain.

Low Dose Naltrexone for Crohn’s Disease

StomachPain-1024x683Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) is a drug that can provide therapeutic benefits for many chronic conditions. LDN refers to a lower dose of the FDA-approved drug naltrexone – an opioid antagonist used to treat opioid addiction. Opioid antagonists have been shown to improve healing and tissue repair. LDN has both anti-inflammatory and immunological effects and is used by doctors to treat symptoms of inflammation throughout the body. Crohn’s disease has responded well to LDN in clinical trials as its symptoms are mainly caused by inflammation of the intestines.

LDN for Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s is an incurable inflammatory condition of the digestive tract believed to be caused by an overactive immune system. It can vary in severity of symptoms but usually causes diarrhea, abdominal pain, anemia, and weight loss. It can be an uncomfortable, painful condition and any improvement in symptoms can have a great impact on quality of life.

LDN affects endorphin production, which are the body’s naturally occurring opioids that have a critical role in immune system regulation. The drug improves immune system functioning and reduces inflammation through increasing both endorphin production and utilization. The lower dose of naltrexone produces what is known as a “rebound effect” that is not present in higher doses. LDN increases endorphin production then leaves the body within a few hours, allowing the sensitized receptors to utilize the endorphins more efficiently.

Through the beneficial effects it has on endorphins, LDN is able to help reduce the inflammation of the intestines that is the main cause of Crohn’s symptoms. In one study on the effects of LDN treatment on Crohn’s disease, there was both an improvement in self-reported quality of life in 89% of patients and also a remission of symptoms in 67% of patients. Some other studies have shown less dramatic but still positive results. The safety of the medication in all cases has been well established and it is well tolerated by most patients.

LDN Side Effects

Treatment plans for Crohn’s disease traditionally focus on medications for reducing the inflammatory response and dietary changes. Prescription treatments for Crohn’s include antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, steroids, and immunomodulators. Anti-inflammatory drugs called 5-aminosalicylates are sometimes used for Crohn’s but they can have side effects like nausea, vomiting, and headaches. Corticosteroids reduce inflammation but also can cause you to have a puffy face and increased facial hair as well as insomnia and night sweats. While these medications can help improve symptoms of the disease, LDN for Crohn’s is unique in that it has almost no reported side effects and is safe for most patients.

LDN Dosages

Naltrexone is referred to as “LDN” when it is administered at a dose that is about 1/10th of the dosage used for opioid addiction. Dosages are often started lower then raised over time to be around 4.5mg taken daily. At this low dose almost no side effects have been reported.  The exact dosage of LDN you need for treating Crohn’s disease will be determined by your doctor working with a compounding pharmacist.

The only way to obtain LDN for Crohn’s is from a compounding pharmacy because the lower dose is considered “off-label.” Many prescription medications are used off-label as their safety and efficacy have been established by doctors from years of clinical use. At The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, we can customize LDN to meet your needs to treat chronic conditions like Crohn’s disease. Contact us today to learn more!

Backordered & Discontinued Medication: How Compounding Can Help

CPBHmedicineIt can be devastating to find out a medication you depend on daily is on backorder or is no longer available. Hearing this news can stir up panic and uncertainty, however, there are options out there to get you the medication you need.

Pharmaceutical Compounding For Backorders

Oftentimes, the unavailability of a drug is due to backordering. Just like any other business, drug manufacturers face variables such as production issues or shipping delays, which can make it difficult if not impossible to meet patient demand.

If this sounds like a familiar situation, it’s time to consider pharmaceutical compounding. When you choose to work with a pharmacy like The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, you skip the hassle of searching across pharmacies or waiting for orders to arrive. We create batches of your medication and ship it quickly.

With pharmaceutical compounding, you receive specialized treatment and a personal solution. We work hard to give you the fastest results and best value. Why? Because we don’t want you to worry about your medications.

Pharmaceutical Compounding For Discontinued Drugs

Unfortunately, not all cases are simply an issue of slow or problematic production. Major drug companies can stop the manufacturing process whenever they like. Their primary goal is to make the greatest profit.

Fortunately, you have options here, too. At The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, we can form useful drugs with the same active ingredients and can customize them in the most useful dosage and form based on your needs. In many cases, the compounded medications we create are easier for your body to utilize than the original.

Common Unavailable Medications

Whether it’s a production shortage or discontinuation, there are several medications affected. Some well-known drugs that are no-longer available include:

  • Acetaminophen capsules
  • Calcium citrate oral solutions
  • Reserpine tablets
  • Dichloralphenazone capsules
  • Hydroxyzine injections
  • Lidocaine injections
  • Buprenorphine sublingual tablets
  • Calcium citrate injections
  • Sodium chloride injections
  • Cortisone acetate 25 mg capsules

General Benefits Of Compounded Medications

There are several benefits to choosing compounded medicine. You’ll always know the product is fresh and has the longest possible shelf life. Some pharmacies may keep drugs for months before selling them, but we are able to ship out medications immediately since each batch is custom-made according to patient specifications.

We also have access to alternative options that are not available through traditional pharmacies. You can opt for drugs in solutions, gummies, topical gels, and even lollipops. Another great advantage we offer is the ability to cut out inactive ingredients that often cause sensitivity in patients. This process can greatly reduce or eliminate side effects caused by the medication. Why do we work so hard to create effective custom medicinal compounds? We believe you have the right to medication that works for your body and lifestyle.

Contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills today to learn how we can help you!

5 Osteoporosis Prevention Tips

o-OLDER-WOMAN-EXERCISE-facebook-1380x910There are many changes the body goes through as we get older, but developing brittle bones does not necessarily have to be one of them. You can take charge of your bone health and lower your risk of developing brittle bones with these five natural osteoporosis prevention tips.

These osteoporosis prevention tips can help you to maintain your bone health naturally.

1. Have An Active Lifestyle

Your exercise program should include a variety of activities, not only to stave off boredom but to benefit your overall health. Include some weight-bearing exercises for bone health, such as walking, dancing, weight training, jogging, climbing stairs and hiking. You will also want to have cardiovascular exercises like swimming or cycling in your routine, as well as some high intensity activities like running on a treadmill, interval training or using a rowing machine.

2. Avoid Eating Processed Foods

These items can deplete the level of calcium in your bones, thus increasing the level of damage. Soda is included on the list of processed food items. By eating more natural products, you will also be lowering your consumption of refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. Try healthier and natural sweeteners like stevia, agave, or honey.

3. Eat More Fresh Fruits And Vegetables

Include more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Ideally, you want to eat them raw. Visit the supermarket to see what is in season and make a point of adding salads to your meals. Fruit makes a wonderful addition to any meal; try drinking a smoothie at breakfast or when you want some energy in the afternoon.

4. Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Your body does not produce Vitamin D, so you will either have to get it from sun exposure or supplements. Some foods do have Vitamin D added. This vitamin is important to your bones, since it helps your body to absorb calcium. If you decide to take a Vitamin D supplement, choose Vitamin D3 and make sure that you are also increasing your consumption of Vitamin K2.

5. Take An Omega-3 Supplement

Omega-6 comes from plant oils like corn, soybeans and sunflowers, as well as nuts and seeds. Omega-3 oils are found in fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel, as well as flaxseed and walnuts. Both of these are essential fats for good health. In order to maintain a balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fats in your diet, take an omega-3 supplement like krill oil since the U.S. diet is typically much higher in omega-6 than omega-3.

These tips to prevent osteoporosis can help to keepyour bones healthy and strong. If are being treated for osteoporosis, our compounding pharmacists can work with your physician to provide you with a formulation in astrength and delivery form that is right for you.

Contact us today to find out more about what The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can offer you.

Hormonal Imbalance In Men

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Hormone imbalance is an unavoidable aspect of aging. Things like poor diet, lack of exercise, disease, and chronic stress can increase a man’s susceptibility to hormone imbalances. For men, hormone imbalance occurs following the gradual decline of testosterone production, which naturally occurs with age.

Hormonal Imbalances That Are More Than Age-Related

However, in recent years, there has been an increase in hormonal imbalance diagnoses among men in their 20s and 30s. In these younger males, hormone imbalances often go unnoticed because clearly identifiable symptoms are more like to emerge later in life. These symptoms are also easily mistaken or absorbed into other health diagnoses, which further delays identification and treatment.

If left untreated, a hormone imbalance can wreak havoc on the body and cause serious health issues down the road. Before that time, it can have a slow-growing but detrimental effect on a man’s quality of life. But if these imbalances are identified early and treated appropriately, they can be corrected.

Understanding Common Hormone Imbalances Among Men

There are four types of hormone imbalance that are most common in men: andropause, adrenal fatigue, and hyper- or hypothyroidism.

Andropause

Andropause is commonly referred to as the male equivalent of menopause, an age-related hormonal phenomenon experienced by women who cease to menstruate. Like menopause, andropause affects men later in life and accompanies a significant decline in testosterone production.

Other symptoms associated with andropause include fatigue, depression, and weakness.

Adrenal Fatigue

In men suffering from chronic or extreme stress, the adrenal glands weaken and fatigue, affecting their ability to create adequate levels of cortisol, the body’s natural defense against stress. Thus, the body is unable to regulate additional hormones, such as the sex hormone DHEA, which also decreases with age. This decline in cortisol and DHEA levels results in a hormone imbalance.

Patients diagnosed with adrenal fatigue report difficulty with mental focus or concentration, chronic tiredness, and trouble getting out of bed. These benign symptoms often are blamed on diet, lifestyle and habits, or other health problems.

Hyperthyroidism

When the thyroid gland produces an excess of thyroid hormone required by the body, it causes an imbalance. Hyperthyroidism is often the result of Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder; thyroiditis, inflammation of the thyroid; a thyroid nodule, which increases the gland’s production of hormones; or excess iodine in your diet.

Symptoms common with hyperthyroidism include rapid heart rate, anxiety, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, and irritability. You may also notice thinning or brittle hair, hair loss, muscle weakness, and weight loss.

Hypothyroidism

Also referred to as under-active thyroid disease, hypothyroidism occurs when the body does not produce enough thyroid hormone. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder where your body produces antibodies that attack the thyroid gland, eventually destroying it.

The symptoms of hypothyroidism are often subtle and harder to identify. They include hair loss, unexplained weight gain, slow heart rate, carpal tunnel syndrome, and an increased sensitivity to cold.

Men’s Hormone Therapies

Though treatment options vary, many patients report that symptoms and hormone levels were brought under control by following an individualized form of hormone therapy. To best address your personal care needs, research and locate a doctor who specializes in hormone or subclinical conditions.

There are risks associated with any hormone therapy treatment. However, a hormone imbalance that goes untreated can decrease treatment efficacy and cause serious health problems such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, celiac disease, hypoglycemia, and attention deficit disorder.

Treatments for Hormonal Imbalance in Men

Timely identification of male hormone imbalance can drastically improve quality of life and chance for recovery. With a good eye and increasing treatment options, male hormone imbalance can be easily overcome.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills offers hormone optimization for men and women, helping to get balanced hormone delivery through Bio-Identical Hormone Replacements. Contact us to see how we can assist you.

Compounded Allergy Treatments for Cats and Dogs

GTY_dog_and_cat_2_jt_150814_16x9_992Effective Allergy Care for Cats and Dogs

Just like people, our cats and dogs can suffer from allergies, too. When pets have allergies, their immune systems don’t function as well as they should – they are busy fighting the allergens. Everyday substances can cause many pets to suffer. Even though these elements may be common and, in most circumstances, even harmless, individual animals will have an extreme reaction.

As the pets’ body works to rid themselves of these substances – some they encounter every day – they may show a variety of symptoms. Depending on the kind of animal, these can vary. Here are the signs to watch out for in your cat or dog:

Signs Your Dog or Cat is Suffering From Allergies

Dogs can quietly suffer a long time before their owners realize allergies may be to blame. If your dog is always worrying over its eyes or skin, he or she may be responding to an allergy. Some other common signs your dog has allergies are:

  • Diarrhea/Vomiting
  • Red, Scabbed or Moist Skin (may be painful to the touch)
  • Runny Eyes
  • Scratches at the Back or Tail (a common reaction to a flea allergy)
  • Scratching Ears
  • Snoring
  • Constant Licking or Paw Chewing
  • Swollen Paws

Cats have many of the same symptoms and they are twice as likely to have allergies than dogs. If you are concerned your cat is having an allergic reaction, a few things to watch for are:

  • Vomit/Diarrhea
  • Coughing/Sneezing/Wheezing
  • Increased Scratching of Skin, Including Base of Tail
  • Runny Eyes
  • Increased Scratching of Ears
  • Snoring
  • Swollen Paws

Common Allergies for Cats and Dogs

Though this isn’t an exhaustive list, there are a few allergens that may be responsible for your pets’ allergic response. A few of the most common culprits are:

  • Tree and Weed Pollen
  • Cigarette Smoke
  • Plastic and Rubber Substances
  • Dust Mites
  • Fabrics
  • Dander
  • Feathers
  • Flea-Control Products
  • Mold
  • Perfumes
  • Cleaning Products – Both for Cleaning and Care

Animals can also run into less common allergies every day, so if your pet is having a reaction, and these aren’t the causes, there still may be another kind of allergen at work.

Pets can have a reaction to certain ingredients in their food, like soy, corn or wheat, but even some traditional ingredients, like beef, pork or chicken can cause allergic responses. It’s also important to remember that food allergies can show up at any age.

How to Treat Your Pet for Allergies

Medication can be tricky for helping pets with seasonal and other allergies. If you discover that your pet is allergic to a cleaning product, switching is easy. However, if you find your pet is allergic to tree pollen, prevention becomes impossible. And, unfortunately, some reactions will trigger further allergic responses.

Many pet owners are reluctant to give their pets medication because of how difficult it is for them to take the drug. A veterinary compounding pharmacy may be the best answer. Pets know when a drug doesn’t taste good. Tricking them into eating it is challenging and it leaves the pet parents feeling guilty.

With a compounding prescription, the medication can be disguised in many flavors a few of which include chicken, beef, liver and tuna. Not only will your pets quickly take their allergy medication, they will look forward to medication time. A compounding pharmacy can offer pet owners:

  • Dog-Safe Chocolate
  • Tuna for Cats
  • Fruit Flavors for Birds

If your furry friend can’t tolerate the medication in a liquid form, a veterinary compounding pharmacy can prepare pet medications whereby the animal doesn’t have to swallow anything.

Compounding Medications for Your Pets’ Allergies

Unfortunately, animals can’t express the pain that they are in when they have an allergic reaction, so pet parents need to be extra aware of changes to their pets’ behavior. Your pet brings you joy, companionship, and love. Being attentive to their needs is important; if you discover your pet is struggling with allergies, offer your beloved pet relief he or she can appreciate and even enjoy.

Giving your pets their medication doesn’t need to be a struggle. The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can help. Contact us today and speak with one of our pharmacist to see how we can help your pet feel better.

6 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

vitamin-d-deficiency-fbThe body needs regular doses of Vitamin D to remain healthy.  A deficiency can negatively affect our moods, our weight, and even our skin tone and complexion.  While many people associate Vitamin D with dairy products, we can also get a great deal of it from the sunshine.  As winter is coming to an end, The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills gives you 6 signs that your body may be craving more Vitamin D.

1. You experience achy bones and joints.

If you wake up in the morning with stiff joints and achy bones, you may be suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency.  This nutrient is vital for keeping the tissues and muscle surrounding the joints well lubricated and functioning properly.

2. You feel down and depressed. 

A lack of Vitamin D can wreak havoc on our emotions.  This nutrient helps the body to produce the necessary levels of serotonin that helps us feel happy and energetic.  During the fall and winter, many of us tend to spend more time indoors.  Since sunshine is a leading provider of Vitamin D, we can easily begin to feel moody, sluggish, and slightly depressed.

3. You are over 50.

As we get older, we tend to spend less and less time outdoors, even when the sun is shining and the days are warm and beautiful.  Also, our kidneys begin to slow in their conversion of Vitamin D, according to the American Cancer Society.  Therefore, recent medical research suggests that we are far more likely to suffer from a Vitamin D  deficiency as we approach 50 years of age and older.

4. You are overweight.

People who are overweight produce Vitamin D at the same rate as those who are not.  But the higher concentration of body fat has a direct effect on the amount of Vitamin D that makes it into the bloodstream.  Vitamin D is fat-soluble.  The more overweight that we become, the more diluted the Vitamin D becomes in our bodies.  As a result, those who are overweight or obese require higher doses of Vitamin D to achieve the standard level of positive health benefits.

5. You have a darker complexion.

Those with a naturally darker skin tone require up to ten times more Vitamin D that those with a fairer complexion.  Our skin acts as a type of natural sunscreen.  When our skin tone is darker, we are automatically at a disadvantage because our skin is less able to absorb the Vitamin D from the sun.

6. You are experiencing gut trouble.

Those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, celiac, or Crohn’s disease are more highly susceptible to a Vitamin D deficiency due to the way that their gastrointestinal tract absorbs fat.  Lower fat absorption also means that our bodies cannot also absorb the fat-soluble Vitamin D as well.

 

Fear not!  A deficiency in Vitamin D is easily correctable. Contact your friendly pharmacists at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills today for more information.

3 Ways Compounding Can Help with Weight Loss

05-13-benefits-of-garlic-weight-lossWith summer around the corner, it seems 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 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’re 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.

Here are three ways compounding can help you attain your weight loss goals through hormone therapy:

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 need 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, 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, once the weight-gain-causing symptoms have subsided. Contact ustoday to learn more!

Can a Pet Catch a Cold From Their Owner?

Animals___Cats_Red_Cat_hugging_the_owner_044684_Now that cold season is upon us, do you ever wonder whether you are contagious to your cat or dog? The truth is that pets can catch a cold, but it is not the always same type of illness as the one that affects us.

Respiratory Illness Symptoms In Pets

Pets experience respiratory symptoms such as:

  • Sneezing
  • Weakness
  • Runny nose
  • Discharge from the eye

These symptoms may also indicate other health issues not associated with a respiratory illness, like an allergy or an infection. In some cases, they may indicate a more severe health concern, such as pneumonia, parasites or distemper.

Can My Pet Catch A Cold from Me?

Your dog cannot catch a cold from you. There haven’t been any documented cases of this occurring, or dogs transferring colds to humans.

With cats, however, the story is different. Fluffy may possibly catch a cold from you. The cold virus that can make you feel miserable can make your cat sick as well. Cats can also transmit viruses between each other, but we cannot catch those viruses from felines.

How To Protect Yourself From The Cold Virus

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of the cold virus, either between human members of your family or to your feline companions, is to wash your hands regularly. This important simple step can help to reduce the risk of becoming ill.

Make a point of also washing your hands after handling your pet. Even though we may not be able to catch a cold from them, they can still carry germs and/or parasites. Make a point of avoiding contact with your pet’s saliva to your nose and mouth, as well as any areas where your skin is broken.

If Your Pet Becomes Sick

Make sure your pet’s food and water bowls are kept meticulously clean. Change your cat’s litter box more often and watch for changes in your pet’s bathroom habits. Be sure that your pet continues to drink plenty of clean water and gets plenty of rest.

If you are concerned about your pet’s condition, take him to the vet. Do tell the doctor if you are sick or have recently recovered from an illness. It could help to diagnose your pet.

Pet Compounding Pharmacy

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can prepare medications for your pet in flavors like beef, liver, chicken or tuna that your furry friends will find easy to take. We can also create different dosages and forms in some medicines, such as a transdermal gel for pet that have a tough time swallowing their medication. You’ll feel better knowing that your pet is getting the medicine they need to get on the road to good health.

Contact us today to learn more about how our pet compounding pharmacy can help your furry companion feel better.