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

sports-injury-calc.jpg
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!

What is a Compounding Pharmacy?

CPBH medicationCompounding… A Precise and Careful Process.

Until the 20th century, all pharmacies were compounding pharmacies, meaning they combined one or more active ingredients into a customized treatment for an individual patient’s needs. Today, very few pharmacies provide this type of personalized service.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills is a compounding pharmacy dedicated to providing high-quality medications. As a compounding pharmacy, we formulate combinations of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, as prescribed by a healthcare practitioner, into specific dosage forms such as capsules, creams, gels, tablets, lozenges, suppositories and other forms.

Benefits of working with a compounding pharmacy include:

  • Healthcare practitioners can prescribe medication specific to their patient’s individual needs instead of only having access to standardized, commercially available dosages, strengths and forms.
  • Healthcare practitioners can more easily fine-tune or modify the dose or prescription as an individual’s needs change, or match an individual’s preferences and absorption abilities.
  • Patients are less likely to experience side effects if their prescriptions can be tailored to their specific needs.
  • Compounded prescriptions can be customized to different formulations that may be more efficient or easier to administer. For example, if a patient has difficulty swallowing pills, the compounding pharmacist may be able to formulate the medication as a cream or gel.
  • Multiple prescriptions can be combined into a single dosage form for convenience and to ensure better patient compliance.
  • Preservative-free or allergen-free prescriptions can be compounded for sensitive patients.
  • Flavoring can be added to make drops and lozenges more palatable, if desired.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills adheres to standards and regulations set by the National Association of Boards and California State Board of Pharmacy for quality assurance and accuracy. Our pharmacists are meticulous in meeting the industry’s highest standards of compounded medications.

Discover the compounding difference at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills for yourself. Contact us to learn more!

5 Truths of Compounding Pediatric Medicine

stk_babyspath_bph073_wideAs the parent of any child will tell you, when your child is sick, it is extremely important that your child receive not only the correct medication, but the correct dosages. In fact, getting the correct formulation of medication is more important for children than just about anyone else. Oftentimes, children are viewed as simply being “little adults” —when, really, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Children are their own beings, with unique needs and very different responses to medications from adults. Pediatric patients absorb and metabolize medications differently than adults do, so it important that both physicians and pharmacists understand these differences and keep them in mind when working with patients.

With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that a compounding pharmacy is the perfect compliment to pediatric medicine. Let’s take a closer look at just some of the reasons these two specialties go hand in hand.

Truth #1: Medicine —even the right medicine— simply can’t work if the patient refuses to take it.

It’s really as simple as that: even the very best medication can’t —and won’t— work if the patient is not willing or able to take the medicine. Many children are unable, or have great difficulty swallowing pills or capsules, and therefore typically have to take medication in a liquid suspension form. The problem is that many children simply don’t like taking medication this way, and even the most dedicated and diligent parent has given up this battle, at one point or another.

Truth #2: Pediatric patients receive the correct dose of the correct medication with a compounding pharmacy.

As we mentioned earlier, it is most important that children receive the correct medication or medications, and in the correct dosages. As a compounding pharmacy, we have the unique ability to tailor make medications, customizing the formulas for each of our patients. In addition, we can also combine medications, so that children don’t have to take as much medicine — making it easier not only on the patient, but on the parents, as well.

Truth #3: A compounding pharmacy can create medications in a variety of forms.

Simply put, children do not like taking medicine. We haven’t met a single parent who doesn’t have a war story or two when it comes to getting their children to take their medicine. Fortunately, The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills is able to dispense medications in a variety of forms that are more kid friendly, including easy dissolving tablets, gummies, or even lollipops. Believe it or not, kids often don’t even know they are taking medicine with these forms — again, making it easier for everyone.

Truth #4: A compounding pharmacy can make necessary medication taste better.

When a liquid suspension is required, often the one thing pediatric patients complain about the most is the taste of the medicine. And truthfully, for good reason — medicine just doesn’t taste good. While this isn’t a deal breaker for medication that is only taken infrequently, it can quickly become a point of contention for the parent of a child who has to regularly take medication. Unfortunately, these children can easily develop an increased sensitivity to some aspect of their medication, whether it is the taste or the texture.

Sometimes, this can even lead to an inability to properly take the medicine, either spitting it out or throwing it up after ingesting it. As a compounding pharmacy, we have various flavors that can make liquid medication taste better, making it easier on the patient.

Truth #5: Compounding pharmacies can offer added expertise, education, and support to the patients and their families.

Often, parents can feel overwhelmed when it comes to understanding the medications their children need, from dosing to potential side effects. As a compounding pharmacy, we like to consider ourselves to be experts on the medications we handle. As such experts, we are in a unique position to be able to help parents, answering their questions about the contents of various medications, potential side effects, adverse interactions with other drugs, and more. We pride ourselves on being able to spend more time with our patients, making sure they understand all of their options and have the ability to make informed decisions about their health and the health of their family.

At The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, we specialize in integrative approaches to all of your healthcare needs, as well as the healthcare needs of your entire family. If you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance, feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

What Are The Benefits Of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement?

bhrtWhen a woman enters her pre-menopausal years, it is normal for her to wonder about her options as her hormone levels begin to change. When the symptoms inhibit a woman from getting as much as she can out of life, it’s time to talk to her doctor about hormone replacement therapy options. Bio-identical hormone replacement offers several benefits to women, especially those who would prefer to use a natural product during this time of life.

Signs Of Hormonal Imbalance In Women

While some women may find that her pre-menopausal changes due to hormones are merely a nuisance, others find that they are more disruptive to their everyday life. Along with irregular periods, which may be accompanied by cramps, the following symptoms may be noted:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia or difficulty staying asleep
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain

Benefits Of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Synthetic hormones are created in a laboratory, and extra chemicals are added to the “recipe” so that the company creating them can patent their product.

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy uses only natural hormones, without adding any chemicals.

Less Intrusive To The Body Than Synthetic Hormones

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy offers an alternative to synthetic hormone replacements. The chemical option attempts to recreate the effects of the natural hormones in the body; however, any decision to use them must be weighed carefully to determine whether their benefits outweigh the risks.

No Potentially Dangerous Side Effects

No extra chemicals mean there is no risk of side effects to patients from the following, as there would be from traditional hormone replacement therapy:

  • Blood clots
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure

Bio-Identical Hormones Safer For Patient Use

The bio-identical hormones travel through the body in the same manner as the ones the body creates on its own. They don’t contain any foreign ingredients to disturb the body’s delicate balance.

We Can Prepare Customized Formulations For You!

If you and your doctor agree that bio-identical hormones are the right type of treatment for you, our compounding pharmacists at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can prepare the exact dosage you require. We can also work with you and your doctor to ensure that your hormones are being delivered in a formulation that works best for you, whether this is a cream, gel or other method.

Call us at (310) 284-8675 to discuss your options for bio-identical hormone replacement today!

Compounding Treatments for Psoriasis

Psoriasis Blue MarkerPsoriasis is a chronic disease of the immune system that presents itself more as a skin condition than a disease. In fact, many people often think they have a skin allergy, and try to cure themselves in vain without realizing they have a chronic, systemic condition that needs a completely different type of treatment, one dermatology compounding can offer.

There are five different types of psoriasis:

  • Plaque psoriasis, which is the most common type and usually presents as red patches of skin with white scales on the elbows, knees and lower back, as well as the scalp;
  • Guttate psoriasis, the second most common type, appears as small red dots on the face, torso, limbs and also the scalp;
  • Pustular psoriasis, which results in pus-filled blisters anywhere across the body;
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis, which is related to the pustular type and shows up as big red sheets on the body, and
  • Inverse psoriasis, which presents as red lesions in skin folds like under the breasts or in the groin area.

Scientists don’t know what causes psoriasis and there are many possible triggers (such as infection, stress, and even some medications), making developing a cure very difficult. Besides causing a lot of itchiness, and pain, psoriasis also correlates strongly with social embarrassment and anxiety, and can cause depression. Without a cure in development, or better knowledge about triggers, physicians must treat the symptoms. Pharmacists with dermatology compounding strategies are at an advantage because we can attack the disease on multiple fronts at once.

The Advantages of Dermatology Compounding

Since psoriasis presents as a serious skin condition, one of the easiest routes to management is topical preparation applied directly to the rash sites. It is difficult to know ahead of time what preparation works for a given patient and what has no effect at all. Psoriasis presents all over the body; thus different treatments need to be developed for different locations based on the sensitivity and accessibility of the skin at those locations. Patient-specific dermatology compounding offers the flexibility and efficacy needed to trump this disease.

Any effective treatment strategy follows the path of softening the skin, soothing the pain, and then removing any scales before applying medications to treat other lesions. There are many options that may work for a time, or maybe have side effects that increase with exposure. Patients can easily be overwhelmed by the number of OTC options and natural supplements out there.

  1. Coal tar is a common treatment that slows psoriatic growth at the cellular level. The patient wears a salve of coal tar for a couple of hours, then rinses it off. The treatment can also reduce inflammation and itchiness but can make skin dry and sensitive to light. Patients can also be put off by the smell and stain of the tar.
  2. Salicylic acid compounded in high dosages and then tapered down helps to soften and remove psoriatic scales. Long-term exposure to salicylic acid irritates the skin, however, and can cause hair loss in the underlying follicles.
  3. Topical steroids reduce inflammation, relieve itching, and reducing the cellular overgrowth of psoriasis. The side effects can be severe, however, including irritation and burning, and even thinning of the skin.
  4. Calcipotriene, a form of vitamin D, also reduces cellular growth but can worsen the psoriasis and cause redness and irritation of the underlying skin.
  5. Other OTC options that help moisturize, soothe, and treat psoriasis include NSAIDs, aloe vera, jojoba, zinc pyrithione, capsaicin, and vitamin B12.

The list is daunting, and can be exhausting for a patient who has seen psoriasis come and go in episodes that can’t be predicted or contained. Effective treatment regimens are usually found through combination therapy, and each option presents significant side effects.

Pharmacists are a key resource for the patient, in terms of discussing the pros and cons of different treatments, what combinations are best suited to the type of location of the outbreaks, and what methods of delivery works best for that patient. It’s key for pharmacists to stock their dispensaries with quality dermatology compounding materials and supplements to give their patients multiple treatment options. Coal tar may work on the patient’s scalp, for example  but is too severe for treating skin folds. Custom best online casino compounding medications for delivering combination therapy by cream, gel, or even spray can also help assure the patient they are receiving a therapy that works for them, even as their condition or treatment reaction changes.

Understanding the options for treating psoriasis can be difficult for patients and physicians don’t have the time to design a unique treatment that needs to be tweaked for each patient. Pharmacists at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills have the expertise to offer patients the treatment and care they badly need, physically and emotionally. Treating psoriasis is not an easy task but living with it is far worse.

Dermatology compounding is a key first line treatment is helping to manage and ease the burden of psoriasis. The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills offers traditional and OTC drugs that can be designed uniquely to each of your patients. We have a proven record of providing safe and high-quality materials for your compounding use. Please contact us today to learn more about how we can help.