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.

Taking Care of Your Heart

heart-health-monthThe “ticker” is the one muscle in the human body that none of us can afford to ignore. More so than any other organ human’s possess, the heart and its health are the most closely monitored, and for good reason. Cardiovascular disease is responsible for one in every four deaths, and is the number one killer of American men and women. So it is easily understandable why February is declared American Heart Month.

While it may seem obvious, it is important to understand just how crucial the heart is to our overall health. The heart itself is a muscular organ which, when stimulated by electrical impulses, expands and contracts to pump blood to the entire body.  This muscular activity is the “heartbeat” we so commonly refer to.  When beating, the heart first pumps blood to the lungs, where it picks up oxygen.  It then pumps this oxygenated blood out to all of the tissues in the body.  If the heart is malfunctioning, all the systems and tissues of the body become depleted of oxygen and become impaired.

Heart disease tends to be a fairly encompassing term with many different issues falling under its umbrella. Most of the complications caused by heart disease are a result of atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the blood vessels caused by plaque buildup.  This narrowing restricts blood flow through the vessel and can lead to issues such as stroke or heart attack.  In addition, heart disease can refer to heart failure (a decrease in the heart’s pumping efficiency), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat), or heart valve malfunctions.

While many factors can increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), and smoking are, by far, the main culprits. Nearly half of all Americans have at least one of these three factors, and a large percentage are afflicted with two or more.  Also contributing are diabetes, obesity, and excessive alcohol consumption.

Preventing Heart Disease

The good news is, there are many steps that can be taken to prevent heart disease, as well as correct and improve existing conditions. As is the case with nearly all disease states, the best weapons available to fight cardiovascular disease are healthy diet and exercise.  Exercise can serve to make your heart stronger and more efficient, lower your blood pressure, reduce high cholesterol, and decrease your weight.  Likewise, eating a well-rounded, healthy diet can control weight as well as provide your body with the nutrients it needs to keep your heart at its peak operating efficiency.

Sometimes though, diet and exercise are not enough. For a variety of reasons such as genetic predispositions, issues like high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure can prove to be stubborn, and we need some outside help.

This is where both prescription drugs, and over the counter supplements can provide support. On the prescription front, there are many different options to choose from.  Generally, prescription drugs help to manage the risk factors associated with heart disease such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  Doctors may prescribe from an army of agents in these areas, each working in different manners and mechanisms with the goal of reducing your risk of complications such as stroke and heart attack.  Additionally, your doctor may prescribe drugs that help to control and improve the efficiency of the heart’s pumping functions.

A Natural Approach to Heart Health

Many people however, choose to avoid prescription medication, if possible, and attempt to tackle cardiovascular issues with a more natural approach through nutritional supplementation. Individual circumstance and severity of disease state varies from person to person. However, in many cases, when paired with a healthy diet and exercise, this “natural” approach may prove to be an effective one. Much like prescription drugs, there exist a large number of nutritional options, each addressing different complications of heart disease.

When aiming to target high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, heart healthy omega supplements, as well as those containing red yeast rice are common. Today’s popular statin drugs were actually modeled from red yeast rice, and it, like statins, works to lower your body’s production of LDL. Omega supplements serve a dual purpose in both lowering triglyceride levels, as well as potentially reducing inflammation caused by plaque buildup in the arteries.

Being some of the most commonly used over the counter supplements, it is essential to note that not all omega products are equal in quality or effectiveness. Often derived from seafood sources, thus giving them the common name “fish oil”, each individual omega product contains different levels of the essential omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which give the fish oil its beneficial effect.  Consumers must be vigilant in reading the label of the product closely, as many omega supplements may list a larger dosage of “fish oil” on the label, but in fact, the active omega-3’s (EPA and DHA) are minimal, and the bulk of the listed dosage consists of inactive omega-3’s poorly utilized by the body.  The typical target dosage for EPA and DHA combined, in those patients with high cholesterol, is 1,500mg to 3,000mg.

Beyond the cholesterol arena, other supplements exist to help support a healthy blood pressure level. For instance, arginine is an amino acid, that when taken as a supplement, can help promote relaxation of the blood vessels.  This relaxation, or vasodilation, helps to ease the flow of blood through the vessels and thus lower the pressure exerted on them.

Finally, other supplements serve to promote overall health of the heart. Coenzyme-Q10 is a powerful antioxidant in the body that plays a role in energy production. This may help to enhance the function and health of the heart muscle.  Additionally, Co-Q10 is commonly given to patients on statin therapy, as these drugs deplete our body’s natural stores of Co-Q10.  This depletion may lead to complications, such as muscle pain and fatigue, regularly associated with this family of drugs.  Supplementing with Co-Q10 while taking a statin may help to limit these complications.

It is important to remember when buying any supplement to consult a health care professional well trained and familiar in their usage. The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills specializes in providing these products, and ensuring their quality and safety.

Proper heart health is as essential to your overall well-being as any other aspect of your life. Be sure to take the time this month to pay attention to your “ticker”, it might just save your life. Contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills to see how we can assist you in maintaining a healthy heart.

How Sports Medicine Compounding Helps Athletes Heal Faster

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

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

What Is Pharmacy Compounding?

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

Custom Formulations Available

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

Dosages Can Be Adjusted According To Metabolism And Weight

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

Delivery System For Medications Can Be Altered

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

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

Anti-Aging Compounding

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

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

Benefits of compounded anti-aging medications

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

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

Skin conditions that compounded anti-aging medications can treat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Myths About Compounding

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

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

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

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

Myth #3: Compounded Medication Does Not Require A Prescription

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

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

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

Compounding Topical Pain Relief

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

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

Alternatives To Oral Pain Medications

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

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

The Difference Between Oral And Topical Medications

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

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

OTC Topical Pain Relievers

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

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

Prescription Topical Pain Relievers

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

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

Do Topical Relievers Help Chronic Pain?

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

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

The Best Uses For Topical Pain Relievers

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

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

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

OTC Meds Are Not Right For Everyone

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

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

What Are There Risks Of Topical Pain Medications?

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

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

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

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

Healthy Resolutions for 2017

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

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

1. Eat

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

2. Drink

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

3. Move

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

 4. Sleep

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

5. Quit

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

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

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

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

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

6. Simplify

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

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