Compounding Provides Gluten / Allergen Free Prescriptions

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Are you ill? Do you need a prescription? What if the medicine prescribed is going to make you more sick?

Yes, this can happen if you are gluten-free or allergen-free and are taking medicine that has hidden “inactive” ingredients containing one or more allergens. Getting your pharmacist to understand your needs, take the time to research the ingredients’ data, and actually pass this information along to you seems to be a bit much to expect.  Then, if it is discovered that your prescription contains unsafe elements, how long will it take to get a new “safe” medicine prescribed by your physician? This can be frustrating under normal conditions, but when you or your loved one is not well, you don’t really have the time or energy to struggle through all of this detective work.  You need health and healing now.

Not many people realize that the very medicine that their physician is prescribing might be a problem. Nor did the physician.  This is often the case because MDs are generally not equipped with much nutrition or holistic training in medical school. These are practices that require further specialization. So what can be done? Well, minus requiring an additional training program of your upcoming MDs, there is a better, and more immediate, solution.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills. 

Our compounding pharmacists have the education, experience, and resources to create medication “compounds” according to your physician’s prescription, using only the “active” ingredients that are required to address the illness, and leaving out the “inactive” ingredients used for binding the substances into a pill form. Generally, this is done by taking the necessary ingredients and putting them in a capsule form to be swallowed, or adding the active ingredients to a liquid substance to be taken by spoon or in a drink. Get in touch with The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills today to find out how we can make your medications gluten and allergen free.

Why Pharmacy Compounding Is Making a Comeback

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Pharmacy compounding has started to make a comeback as it has become more popular and an effective way to produce medications that are customized for each patient. Personalized medicine that is based on each patient’s individual needs, genetics, health condition, medication tolerance, and other factors is increasing in popularity, and pharmacy compounding is an effective way for patients to obtain customized medications that meet their unique needs.

At compounding pharmacies, pharmacists can create medications from scratch using sterile production methods and raw materials. Modern compounding pharmacies have the proper safety and sterile equipment to safely produce compounded medications, so quality and purity is not a concern as long as the facility is modern, licensed to produce medications in its state, and staffed by pharmacists.

Before modern commercial medications, compounded medications were the major method of medication production. Pharmaceutical companies use mass drug production methods to create large shipments of branded drugs throughout the country, however each shipment of medication has very specific ingredients that cannot normally be adjusted, and they are designed to meet the needs of as many different people as possible.

In many cases commercialized medications are effective, but it falls short in several different circumstances as well. Physicians and medical professionals in many different fields of medicine are finding that compounded medications are just as effective or more effective than commercial medications, and as a result there has been an increased usage of compounding pharmacies.

Compounded medications are more versatile than commercial medications

Although a pharmaceutical company can create a huge quantity of one particular medication, there may be a large number of patients who are unable to use that particular medication for several reasons including: allergies to a particular ingredient, difficulties taking the medication in its form, too high of a dosage, or other issues.

At a compounding pharmacy the active ingredient can be added into a different format such as a lozenge, cream, gel, or drops. Allergies can be avoided by creating customized forms that are free of dyes, preservatives or other chemicals that may trigger allergies. The dosage can also be carefully controlled at a compounding pharmacy for patients that need lower doses or customized doses.

The applications for pharmaceutical compounding are almost endless, and many patients have experienced the benefits of personalized medicine, making it much more popular and increasingly requested by patients in fields like dermatology, sports medicine, geriatrics, endocrinology, and several others.

Compounded medications are usually covered by insurance, and if they are not covered by insurance they are usually affordable, costing almost the same or less as commercial medications. They can be produced with a relatively low cost as the raw ingredients used to make compounded medications can be purchased in bulk. Also, multiple active ingredients can be combined if necessary, reducing the total number of medications needed by a patient and possibly reducing their cost as well.

Medicine forms can be customized to be more effective

One area where compounding pharmacies have had a higher demand is for the creation of customized medicine forms. Medication forms are a major consideration because some forms can be much more effective than others. For instance, pain medications are often prescribed as oral medications, and they make take two hours or more to go into effect.

However, at compounding pharmacies topical medications can be created that are effective immediately and offer faster relief. This is of particular importance in fields like sports medicine where the speed of delivery of the medication is a major consideration. In other fields like veterinary medicine or pediatric medicine compounding pharmacies play a major role in creating medications that are tolerable for the patient in a form that is easy for them to take.

This increased usage of compounding medications has resulted in a larger percentage of the annual prescriptions in the United States being created at compounding pharmacies, and that percentage continues to grow as patients have shown to benefit from customized medicine.

Compounding pharmacies are also a relatively unknown option for both patients and medical practitioners in spite of their long history and popularity prior to commercial pharmacies, and as more patients become aware of their benefits, the use of compounding pharmacies will likely continue to increase. Many compounding pharmacies work individually with each patient or medical provider to find out their specific needs and offer suggestions as to which types of compounding medications may work the best for their unique situation.

Compounding pharmacies are safe as long as they are regulated by the State Board of Pharmacy

The FDA does not directly oversee compounding pharmacies because there are so many of them and because each pharmacy serves a wide range of different purposes, and the FDA leaves compounding pharmacy regulation to each state’s Board of Pharmacy. The Board of Pharmacy for each state has their own regulations and requirements for compounding pharmacies.

Also, compounding pharmacies are often required to carry the proper equipment to produce sterile medications, and they are required to produce medications in a cleanroom. Some medications that may be more susceptible to contamination must be produced with a stricter protocol. Contamination of medications at compounding pharmacies is rare and the vast majority of contamination has occurred at pharmacies that were not licensed or regulated by state boards.

Compounded medications have a wide range of clinical applications

With the several different clinical applications that compounded medications have in dozens of medical fields, they have become an increasingly popular alternative to commercial medications. Commercial medications simply cannot offer the same level of customization and versatility that compounded medications can offer, and although they may work for many people, there are always some patient that need more individualized medication formats for their unique needs.

Compounding pharmacies can safely produce medications that make the lives of their patients much easier, and medical providers all over the United States have started to use them much more often in their practice. If you are a medical provider interested in The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, or if you would like to request more information about our pharmacy, click here.

Dog Allergy Relief Medications – Can A Compounding Pharmacy Uniquely Help?

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Like their human owners, dogs can be vulnerable to allergies. The symptoms of allergies can make your four-legged canine companion’s skin itchy and/or irritated. We all love our animals and want to help them in any way possible.

Are you looking for dog allergy relief and medications? Find out what signs to be aware of and how a veterinary compounding pharmacy can help you with your pet’s unique needs.

Allergies In Dogs

The first clue that may make you suspicious that your dog is living with an allergy is scratching. While all dogs scratch themselves at times, you will get to know what is normal for your dog. Excessive scratching and licking of a particular patch of skin is a clue that something is going on that should be investigated.

This type of behavior can usually be explained by either a skin condition or an allergy. If you have examined your dog’s fur around the area where the scratching has occurred and haven’t noticed any dandruff, you may be dealing with a dog allergy.

It’s best however, to take your pet to the veterinarian to better diagnose his symptoms.

Treatment For Dog Allergies

The scratching and licking can also lead to infection in the affected areas, which must be treated by a veterinarian along with the initial allergy.

Your veterinarian may prescribe antihistamines to treat airborne allergies. These medications do not work as well in canines as they do for humans, though, and they can cause side effects like hyperactivity or lethargy in some animals.

Another alternative is to prescribe a low dose of corticosteroids to treat the allergy symptoms. These medications also have side effects, as dogs tend to have increased appetite and gain weight when this option is chosen. It is not meant to be a long-term solution.

Switching your dog’s food to a home-cooked diet or a very high-quality, artificial color and preservative-free brand may help to treat allergies. The preservatives and dyes present in most commercial brands may be contributing to the allergic symptoms. Talk to your vet to see whether switching his diet is right for your pet.

Get Help From A Veterinary Compounding Pharmacy

When your vet suggests medicines for your dog, you’ll want to make sure that it is as easy as possible for you to administer and for him to take. Getting the dosage right is important, too, since a toy breed is going to need a smaller amount of medication than a larger breed.

Our pet medications compounding can solve both issues.

Custom Flavors And Dosages Including Unavailable Medications

At The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, we can prepare medicines in flavors your pet will find appetizing.

We can also prepare custom doses to match your dog’s breed and weight, so that a small breed is not trying to swallow a tablet that is too large and your large breed pet is not expected to take several tablets to get the correct dose.

If getting your dog to swallow a tablet is an issue, some medicines can be prepared in a topical gel that is applied to the inside of your dog’s ear and absorbed through the skin.

What about a medication that is unavailable or discontinued? Our veterinary compounding pharmacy can attain the right ingredients and custom create the necessary medicines for your furry friend.

Contact us today to discover more about our compounding veterinary services and how we can help to keep your pets healthy by working with your vet.

5 Osteoporosis Prevention Tips

HOW-TO-TREAT-OSTEOPOROSISThese osteoporosis prevention tips can help you to maintain your bone health naturally.

1. Have An Active Lifestyle

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

2. Avoid Eating Processed Foods

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

3. Eat More Fresh Fruits And Vegetables

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

4. Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

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

5. Take An Omega-3 Supplement

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

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

Contact us today to find out more about what we can offer you.

Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy

hormone-replacement-therapyHormone replacement therapy has become a prevalent method of treating a wide range of hormonal disorders including deficiencies in testosterone, estrogen (estrone, estradiol, and estriol), progesterone, DHEA, HGH, and many other hormones.

Synthetic hormones are commonly prescribed to treat a wide range of hormone disorders and problems. The human body has dozens of hormones that are involved in many different biological purposes.

Hormone replacement therapy is becoming more popular

As hormone replacement therapy has been widely publicized as being potentially dangerous, many men and women have discontinued conventional hormone replacement therapy treatments. However, even the studies that have determined hormone replacement therapy to be dangerous in some cases have been skewed. For instance, many of the studies on women were limited to women with a high average age, which put them at a higher risk of developing adverse health problems regardless of the impact of the hormone treatments.

Drug companies time developing synthetic hormones because chemical derivatives of natural hormones can be patented as a drug. Also, the type of delivery method can be patented, and as a result many drug companies have begun producing hormones using unique delivery methods.

Hormones are readily available at our compounding pharmacy

For people who are suffering from age related hormone disorders,  hormone replacement therapy can be a life changing treatment that can safely reduce symptoms without dangerous side effects. Hormones can be created at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, and in modern times these hormones are produced in laboratories which are capable of producing them safely. The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can create hormone replacement therapy treatments based on the direction of a physician, and the dosage and method of administration can be carefully controlled as well. A wide variety of different types of dosage forms can be created including gels, creams, oral capsules, and many others, depending on the preferences of the patient.

The problems associated with hormone decline in both men and women can be significant. Women may begin to experience life altering symptoms when they begin to reach perimenopause, and their symptoms may continue for several years as they go through menopause. The same goes for men; most men start to experience the effects of testosterone decline as they begin to age, and research has now shown that men go through a male version of menopause called andropause where they experience some of the same symptoms that women experience. As a result, hormone replacement therapy is a critical treatment for both men and women who are experiencing hormone declines or who need a hormone treatment for other health issues as well. It is becoming much more popular now that the public is aware of its effectiveness and safety. If you are are interested in purchasing  hormone replacement therapy as a patient, or if you are a physician interested in our compounded hormone treatments and other treatments, get in touch with our pharmacy here.