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.

Pumpkins and Your Health

58452-heap-of-pumpkins-and-pumpkin-pie-served-in-bowlYou’d be surprised how healthy pumpkin can be for you. If we told you that there’s a fruit that produces one cup that equates to 49 calories, 1.8 grams of protein, .2 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, and 12 grams of carbohydrates, you’d probably be ready to jump right in.

Here are ten reasons it’s OK to be totally obsessed with this season’s superfood.

1. Feel Fuller

Pumpkin seeds contain up to 1.7g of fiber and mashed pumpkin has up to 3g of fiber per cup. Why is this important? Getting 30-50g of fiber a day is recommended, unfortunately most people only get about half of that or less. Pumpkin is a great high nutrient, low calorie food. With only 42 calories per cup and loaded with fiber, pumpkin will keep you full longer, and regulate your blood sugar levels to keep food cravings at bay which helps you eat fewer calories and burn more fat.

 

2. Boost Vision

A cup of cubed pumpkin contains almost twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which promotes good vision, especially in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health. It has also been found to slow the decline of retinal function in those with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that can lead to blindness, according to researchers from Harvard. Bonus: Vitamin A also helps form and maintain healthy skin, teeth and bones.

 

3. Lower Blood Pressure

Pumpkin seed oil is full of phytoestrogens, which research shows are beneficial for preventing hypertension. When researchers fed rats a diet supplement with the oil, they found that it helped lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in just 12 weeks.

 

4. Better Immunity

Looking for a way to ward off illness and improve your immune system? Try pumpkin. The large shot of vitamin A the fruit provides helps your body fight infections, viruses and infectious diseases. Pumpkin oil even helps fight various bacterial and fungal infections. Plus, pumpkin is packed with nearly 20 percent of the recommended amount of daily vitamin C, which may help you recover from colds faster.
5. Protect Men’s Prostate

Pumpkin seeds could be especially healthy for men. One in seven men are likely to get prostate cancer. Cancerous prostates show much less Zinc compared to healthy prostates and several studies have implicated impaired zinc status in the development and progression of prostate malignancy. Pumpkin is rich in Zinc; it contains more than 2mg per ounce which can contribute to the prevention of prostate cancer, research shows.

 

6. Have a Healthier Heart

All that fiber can also help protect your ticker, research shows. One Harvard study of over 40,000 male health professionals found that those who ate a diet high in fiber had a 40 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease, compared to those who ate a diet low in fiber. A more recent study by Swedish researchers found that women who ate a diet high in fiber had a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease compared with women who ate a low fiber diet. Men benefitted less, likely because they’re more likely to get their fiber from breads, while women are more likely to get their fiber from healthier sources, like fruits and vegetables, the researchers write.

 

7. Get More Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral that aids in many physiological functions like the creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the energy molecules of your body), relaxation of the nervous system, muscle growth and regulating bowel movements. And, 80% of Americans are deficient magnesium. Just 1 oz. of pumpkin seeds deliver about 30% of your daily recommended magnesium requirements.

 

8. Antioxidant Benefits

Beta carotene, is a provitamin the body converts into vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant that has been associated with its ability to fend of cancer. Beta carotene is thought to play a role protecting cells, boosting the immune system and helping to keep the reproductive system healthy. A half cup of canned pumpkin packs 953mg of vitamin A and only 42 calories.

 

9. More Potassium then Bananas

Bananas have made themselves popular for their potassium benefits.  But did you know that a cup of cooked pumpkin has 564mg compared to bananas 422mg?  Potassium deficiency can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness and inactive reflexes, so switch it up and rotate some pumpkin into your diet instead of solely relying on bananas for potassium

 

10. Boost Your Mood

Serotonin deficiency is a growing concern for many people. Researchers claim that it’s an epidemic  inflicting its unique dark cloud misery on people and it’s noted that 80% of people suffer from serotonin deficiency. The reason why serotonin is important to overall wellness is because it’s our primary defense against depression and anxiety. A simple way to make sure you’re producing natural serotonin is to include foods that contain the amino acid tryptohphan which gets converted to serotinin in your body. Pumpkin seeds contain loads of tryptophan which will help keep your outlook on life bright and ensure a restful sleep.

So go ahead, have a second helping of pumpkin pie. The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!!

How Compounding Can Help Diabetes

Diabetes wordcloudDid you know that nearly 30 million Americans, or close to 10 percent of the American population, is currently living with some form of diabetes. In other words, if you or someone in your family doesn’t have diabetes, there is a very good chance that you know someone who does. 

While diabetes is a very treatable condition when properly diagnosed and carefully managed, it does present its own unique set of physical and medical difficulties. For instance, people who have diabetes are a full fifteen times more likely to require an amputation at some point in their lives, versus non-diabetics. A less severe, but equally plaguing, condition that afflicts diabetics is skin conditions. One in three diabetics will be affected with some form of a skin condition at some point in their lives, according to the American Diabetes Association. 

In addition to an elevated risk of surgical amputation and skin issues, there are other medical issues that tend to plague those with diabetes. For instance, elevated blood glucose levels can lead to peripheral neuropathy, which is a common form of diabetic nerve damage. Symptoms typically include pain and burning in the feet and legs, or even painful sensations akin to numbness or tingling. This pain can even spread to other parts of the body, and can quickly become unbearable. 

Compounding Pharmaceuticals for Diabetic Management

With all of this in mind, it is easy to see why it is crucial to manage diabetes and practice excellent self-care.  A very important step in this process is to monitor your blood sugar levels and know the medications that are right for you— and to be diligent in taking them exactly as prescribed. One of the best relationships you can create along this path is with a skilled and experienced compounding pharmacist. 

At The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, we pride ourselves on being able to help you manage your diabetes. We are there to help with any questions you may have, as well as to help you properly manage your daily self care. We like to think that we help enhance and improve the lives of our patients, guiding them through choices, support, and knowledge. In addition to offering all of your medications and supplies, we can help you with planning meals, as well as literature and information that can help you make informed choices. 

A Skilled Compounding Pharmacy Provides You With Peace of Mind

Our skilled and knowledgeable pharmacists are our best assets. Our pharmacists are trained in all aspects of diabetic care and various compounding techniques, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands—receiving the proper medications at the right dosage. We pride ourselves on helping all of our diabetic patients make informed choices about their health and manage their self-care. Our philosophy is that by being informed and making informed decisions, our patients are able to take better care of themselves. 

Diabetic patients, among others, can especially benefit from the art of pharmaceutical compounding. Pharmacy compounding, in its simplest form, is the art of creating customized medications for individual patients. Compounded medications are custom made based on a physician’s prescription, and then the individual components or ingredients of the medication are mixed together to create a customized blend that is available in a wide variety of forms. 

For instance, some patients prefer to not take oral suspensions or medications. For those, other options are available, such as a topical solution or an easier to swallow capsule or tablet. When oral suspensions are necessary, we also have various flavorings, including sugar free options safe for our diabetic patients, to make the suspensions more appealing. 

Whether for yourself or a loved one, when you need medication, the last thing that you want to do is to cause undue stress, anxiety, or confusion — and this is where we can help. We take a unique approach to health care for each of our individual patients, which allows us to thoroughly assess and help plan for your unique needs, including your medications. 

If you have any questions, or even if you have a special request, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact us to find out how we can help with any and all of your specialized health care needs. We look forward to talking with you!

Treating Arthritis in Pets with Glucosamine

old-yellow-dogOur beloved pets are as susceptible to joint wear and damage as we are, perhaps even more so. They can end up suffering the same terrible arthritis pain that afflicts many humans. Thankfully, some of the methods we use to prevent pets arthritis in our bodies can also be applied to our four-legged companions.

What Is Glucosamine?

Glucosamine is a compound found within the healthy cartilage and synovial fluid in the joints of both people and animals. It is important for maintaining healthy gristle in bone, and is essential for repairing damage to it.

In young, healthy humans and animals, the body is able to produce glucosamine from glucose via biochemical reactions. However, as the body ages, this process becomes less efficient, resulting in a lack of glucosamine and the gradual damage to joints, which can lead to arthritis. Damage to the cartilage can also increase the amount of glucosamine needed beyond what even young people and animals can produce.

Glucosamine works with a type of cell compound, chondrocytes, to create new cartilage in joints. Glucosamine provides one of the building blocks used by the cell in creating cartilaginous tissue. When the body cannot produce enough glucosamine, new cartilage cannot be formed as old tissue begins to break down.

Glucosamine To Treat Pets Arthritis

Glucosamine has been used for more than 20 years as a preferred treatment for arthritis. It can treat arthritis in humans, dogs, cats, and horses. Aside from people, dogs are most commonly treated with glucosamine. The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can compound glucosamine supplements for animals in pill, liquid, and treat forms. Although there have been few risks associated with treatment, pet owners should consult a veterinarian before starting their animal on a glucosamine regimen.

Treating Other Ailments With Glucosamine

Glucosamine is also used to treat some common and serious conditions in dogs, such as hip dysplasia, which is the most common form of joint damage dogs suffer, especially the larger breeds. This condition speeds up the normal wear of cartilage that protects the bony surface of the hip joint. If the cartilage wears away too much, the animal can experience bone-to-bone contact and the pain associated with arthritis. Even dogs without hip dysplasia may get arthritis in their hips as they age.

The most common animal patients to receive glucosamine supplements are middle-age and old-age large breed dogs. These animals suffer from arthritis most often compared to other pets. Giving supplements to these dogs can help them maintain or return to normal levels of activity with less stiffness.

Minimal Side Effects Using Glucosamine

During the 20-plus years glucosamine has been given to animals, no appreciable adverse effects have been documented. The only side effects noticed with glucosamine supplements was vomiting or diarrhea, which can be prevented by administering the dose with food.

The Purr-fect Fit

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills is happy to discuss the compounding of a glucosamine supplement treatment or any other veterinary medications for your pet. We offer unique solutions by compounding specialized medications which meet the needs of your beloved pets.