Holiday Season Stress

Stressful HolidaysLet’s be real….the holidays can be stressful! While enjoying fun times with friends and family, you will most likely also be busy cooking, cleaning for guests and don’t forget – shopping! This much activity and increased stress levels can wear you down and often leave you feeling under the weather.

So how does stress affect your body?

  1. Nervous System- When stressed- physically or psychologically- the body suddenly shifts its energy resources to fighting off the perceived threat. In what is known as the “fight or flight” response, the sympathetic nervous system signals the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones make the heart beat faster, raise blood pressure, change the digestive process and boost glucose levels in the bloodstream. Once the crisis passes, body systems usually return to normal.
  2. Musculoskeletal System- Under stress, muscles tense up. The contraction of muscles for extended periods can trigger tension headaches, migraines and various musculoskeletal conditions.
  3. Respiratory System- Stress can make you breathe harder and cause rapid breathing- or hyperventilation- which can bring on panic attacks in some people.
  4. Cardiovascular System- Acute stress- stress that is momentary, such as being stuck in traffic- causes an increase in heart rate and stronger contractions of the heart muscle. Blood vessels that direct blood to the large muscles and to the heart dilate, increasing the amount of blood pumped to these parts of the body. Repeated episodes of acute stress can cause inflammation in the coronary arteries, thought to lead to heart attack.
  5. Endocrine System- Adrenal glands: when the body is stressed, the brain sends signals from the hypothalamus, causing the adrenal cortex to produce cortisol and the adrenal medulla to produce epinephrine- sometimes called the “stress hormones” Liver: When cortisol and epinephrine are released, the liver produces more glucose, a blood sugar that would give you the energy for “fight or flight” in an emergency.
  6. Gastrointestinal System- Esophagus: Stress may prompt you to eat much more or much less than you usually do. If you eat more or different foods or increase your use of tobacco or alcohol, you may experience heartburn, or acid reflux. Stomach: your stomach can react with “butterflies” or even nausea or pain. You may vomit if the stress is severe enough. Bowels: Stress can affect digestion and which nutrients your intestines absorb. It can also affect how quickly food moves through your body. You may find that you have either diarrhea or constipation.
  7. Reproductive System- In men, excess amounts of cortisol, produced under stress, can affect the normal functioning of the reproductive system. Chronic stress can impair testosterone and sperm production and cause impotence. In women, stress can cause absent or irregular menstrual cycles or more-painful periods. It can also reduce sexual desire.

As you can see, stress negatively affects your body in a variety of ways.  It is important to take care of yourself in order to remain healthy and relaxed so that you can continue to check off your holiday “to-do” lists!

Here are some options to help support your body through the stressful season:

Vitamin B Complex

B complex is a vitamin product that contains several different B vitamins and they have a variety of beneficial effects. This product includes folate, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and choline.

Methylcobalamin is the activated form of vitamin B12. By taking vitamin B12 it can positively influence your health in many ways such as increased energy levels, increased cognitive function, sleep regulation and improved mood. One study revealed that patients taking methylcobalamin had improved daytime alertness and concentration as well as a shortened but improved sleep in healthy persons.

Vitamins B1 and B6 have been shown to improve the glucocorticoid function of the adrenal glands and simultaneously normalizes the activity of the gland.

Vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid enhances adrenal cortex function which is where our bodies produce cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone produced when our bodies are responding to stress, and by taking vitamin B5 it helps our bodies regulate the amount of cortisol produced in the stress response process.

L-Theanine

Stay Calm, Cool and Collected!  L-theanine is an amino acid found in green and black teas which results in relaxation and stress relief without causing excessive drowsiness like other products do. L-theanine is also used to help ease stress and improve concentration and focus. It relieves anxiety by increasing the levels of dopamine and GABA (a neurotransmitter in the brain that has calming effects) in the brain and has been known to generate creativity and cause wakeful relaxation. People often resort to consuming caffeine to help them get through busy or stressful times, and L-theanine helps moderate or regulate the effects of caffeine on the central nervous system. L-theanine also has protective effects by reducing neurotoxicity.

**Talk to your Doctor first if you are taking blood pressure medication since L-theanine lowers blood pressure.

Melatonin

Have you ever heard the term “sleeping like a baby” and wish it could be you? Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain and children produce it in higher amounts than adults.  This may be the reason babies can sleep so well. Melatonin is an over the counter product shown to help you fall asleep faster and reduce sleep disturbances throughout the night. Melatonin is non-addicting and won’t cause a “hangover” effect like some other sleep aids. By improving your sleep you also help improve antioxidant activity, cardiovascular health and immune system function.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills offers each of these products over the counter, and you can rest assured that the brands we stock are the highest quality. We are here to help in any way we can. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Compounding For Dry Socket

Tooth PainAt Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, we specialize in customized formulations of medications so you can get the results you need to live a happier, healthier life. Our job is to make prescriptions formulated for your specific needs, including medications and pastes for post dental procedures. One of the most common oral surgeries is wisdom teeth removal, which can cause dry socket. We provide compounding dry socket preparations that are designed to remove the pain associated with oral surgery all the while protecting your mouth throughout the healing process.

What Is Dry Socket?

Only a very small percentage — about 2% to 5% of people — develop dry socket after a tooth extraction. In those who have it, though, dry socket can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, it’s easily treatable.

After a tooth is pulled, a blood clot forms in the socket to protect the bone and nerves underneath. Sometimes that clot can become dislodged or dissolve prematurely after the extraction. That leaves the bone and nerve exposed to air, food, and fluid. This can lead to infection and severe pain that can last up 5 or 6 days.

Relief for Pain – Dry Socket Paste

Without this protective layer, the bone and nerves are exposed to air, food, and fluid. This can lead to infection and severe pain that can last up 5 or 6 days. Symptoms usually show within three days after the tooth extraction took place.

The best solution is compounding dry socket preparations paste. When properly applied, it fills in the open socket and protects nerve endings and bone in your jaw. It also gently but effectively numbs the pain associated with inflammation in the area. For many people, socket paste is necessary to help them continue to go about their daily lives.

Why Choose Compounding for Dry Socket

Socket paste doesn’t work the same for everyone battling dry socket. There are many instances where the standard dose isn’t right for the patient. This is where compounding dry socket preparations come in. With the skills of our pharmacists at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, we can customize a formula for your specific needs.

Contact us today to learn how we can assist you in relieving your dental pain.

Compounding Treatment For Stress


Everyday is full of several frustrations and demands which causes stress. For many, stress is just so common that it has become a way of life. However, in small doses, stress can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, the health of your mind and body become exhausted. Noticing the signs and symptoms is the first step in taking action to protect yourself.

What is Stress?

Stress is the body’s natural defense against predators and danger. It flushes the body with larger quantities of cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline to prepare systems to either to stay and fight or to get away as fast as possible. This is known as the “fight-or-flight” mechanism.

Stress helps you stay energetic, focused, and alert when functioning properly. In emergency situations, stress can also save your life by giving you extra strength to protect yourself. A great example is when you slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.

It’s important to learn how to become aware of when your stress levels are out of control. Stress can creep up on you fast. It even begins to feel normal. Stress affects the mind, body, and behavior in so many ways, and everyone experiences it differently. Large amounts of stress can lead to serious mental and physical health problems and can also effect on your relationships at home, work, and school.

Factors of the environment that trigger stress are called stressors. Not all stress is caused by external factors. Stress can also be self-generated like worrying about something that may or may not happen or having irrational thoughts about life. Examples of stress factors include noises, aggressive behavior, scary moments in movies, or even going out on a first date. The more stressors we experience, the more stressed we feel.

Your body doesn’t distinguish between physical and psychological threats. If you have a lot of responsibilities and worries, your emergency stress response may be on most of the time. The more your body’s stress system is activated, the harder it is to shut off.

Consequences of Stress

Demands and lifestyle choices create a habitual pattern that keeps our stress response on high alert all the time, with too little recovery time, ultimately depleting the resources our body desperately needs to continue mounting a healthy response to stress. Progressively, this negative spiral affects virtually every major physiologic system in the body.

Chronic stress can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and ultimately lead to adrenal fatigue. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.

You have more control over your stress levels than you might think. You can take proactive steps to address the stress load your body bears, however significant it may be.

Coping with Stress

Everyone’s response to stress is unique and some methods don’t work for everyone or in every situation, so try to experiment with different techniques and strategies. Managing stress is all about taking charge. Start by taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems.

Overwhelming stress can lead to adrenal fatigue. If this occurs, consult with your doctor to see what treatment is best for you. The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills offers adrenal fatigue treatment in a variety of dosage strengths and forms to make it as convenient as possible to take your medication.

Contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills for more information and recommendations to put you on the pathway to optimal health.

 

The Myths and Benefits of Compounding Prescriptions

Compounding PrescriptionsCompounding describes the practice of combining prescription medications in a controlled environment. Licensed pharmacists, physicians, or outsourcing facilities perform compounding under close supervision to create medications tailored to individual patients. Many patients take several medications or have sensitivities to certain compounds, additives, or other medications, and therefore need a more customized approach to their prescriptions. But are compounding pharmacies safe?

Common Misconceptions About Compounding

Technically, compounded drugs are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the oversight agency responsible for ensuring safe and effective drugs in the United States, but they are overseen by professionals in the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmacy state boards oversee the daily operations of all pharmacies, including compounding pharmacies, which are regulated by the FDA.

The idea that compounding pharmacies aren’t overseen by federal administration is not accurate. Additionally, under section 503A of the FDCA, the FDA has some authority over their operations. When you work with a compounding pharmacy, there are oversights in place to patrons.

How Can I Know What I’m Getting?

The FDA ensures no compounding operation may mislabel or misrepresent compounded medications and their ingredients. Patients are also protected by state boards of pharmacies, which ensure compounded medications are only available with legitimate prescriptions. Most compounding operations have a local network of doctors and pharmacies that work together to provide compounding services to residents in the area.

Is Compounded Medication ‘Alternative Medicine’?

Compounded medications are not alternative medicines. While most alternative medicines claim to be natural remedies or are scientifically unproven treatments, compounding is simply customized prescription medications. Although pharmaceuticals provide relief and medical condition management for countless patients, some people still have difficult sensitivities to certain drugs or may not be able to take the preferred treatment due to a drug allergy or other issue.

Are Compounded Drugs More Dangerous?

Typically, compounded prescription medications are actually safer for patients as long as they use reputable, licensed compounding operations. While mass-produced pharmaceuticals may not pose any issues to the majority of patients, some patients who might otherwise benefit from taking those drugs cannot for various reasons. Compounding allows patients to take valuable medications in appropriate doses and omits potentially harmful additives, filler substances, dyes, or other substances.

Can I Get Compounded Medications Without a Prescription?

Compounded medications still require prescriptions from licensed physicians. State boards of pharmacies manage the processes for obtaining and disbursing compounded medications, and no legitimate compounding operation would provide compounded medications without a prescription from a real doctor. Doctors play an important role in securing effective compounds, because they can help patients identify the elements of typical drugs that may cause adverse side effects for them. Doctors and patients typically work together when securing compounded prescription drugs to ensure the highest degrees of safety and effectiveness are followed.

How Does the Government Regulate Compounding?

While compounded drugs are not FDA-verified, the FDA still oversees compounding operations to ensure they meet the necessary regulations and guidelines for compounding. If a compounding operation fails to meet these requirements or violates their obligations under the FDCA, they are then subject to all the requirements for conventional manufacturers. This means that non-compliant manufacturers must then pay for the verification and testing necessary for FDA approval before resuming business.

Choose The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills

While many people may hold some common misconceptions about compounded drugs, it’s important to separate myth from reality and consider the value of custom-compounded prescription drugs. Some people who suffer from drug sensitivities, allergies to certain substances found in mass-produced pharmaceuticals or allergies to dyes and filler ingredients find tremendous relief thanks to compounding operations.

When ordering compounded prescription drugs, it’s vital to use a trusted compounding operation with a proven track record of customer satisfaction and commitment to providing safe and effective compounded medications.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills meets the strictest regulations to ensure patient safety and order accuracy. Contact us today to see how we can help you obtain your optimal health!

Benefits of Compounding Sublingual Medications

Compounding Sublingual MedicationsSublingual, meaning “under the tongue” in Latin, refers to the pharmaceutical administration by which medications are diffused into the blood through tissues under the tongue. This type of medication has many proven benefits over traditional oral delivery systems (those you swallow). A compounding pharmacy can work with you to create custom medication solutions, including changing your prescriptions into sublingual form.

Oral Forms of Medication Have Drawbacks

Traditional oral medications are designed to work through the process of absorption within the gastrointestinal tract. This type of absorption depends on the ability of the drug to pass through the intestinal cell membranes, survive the highly acidic stomach environment, and resist destruction by the liver. Food and other medications already in the system can further minimize or deactivate the drug’s potency. Because of these common occurrences, orally-administered drugs may not manage to make it past these barriers, necessitating a more refined medicinal alternative.

The Advantages of Compounding Sublingual Medications

Compounding sublingual medications are much more direct. They come in tablet, film, or spray form and sit directly under the tongue. The tissues under the tongue have many capillaries that absorb the drug, sending its benefits directly into the bloodstream without going through the digestive system. Because the liver does not metabolize these drugs, doctors can prescribe a smaller amount. The result to patients is that they will experience the results of the drug faster and in more full effect, the way it is intended.

Sublingual medications are ideal in emergency situations, when the user does not have time to wait for the drug to work. During a heart attack, for example, a sublingual drug is the best solution. Unconscious patients also require this form of medication. Unfortunately, not all drugs are readily available in sublingual form. This is where compounding pharmacies come in, allowing many more people the opportunity to reap the advantages of under-the-tongue administration.

Sublingual and Buccal Delivery Options

Compounding pharmacies create custom solutions for medications, including converting them into sublingual form. A licensed pharmacist will meet the unique needs of an individual patient when commercial drugs do not. This includes transforming oral medications into sublingual or buccal (placement of the drug between the cheek and the gum) form. If you have a medication that does not come in sublingual form, but you wish to consume it using this beneficial method, you need the services of a compounding pharmacy.

Compounding Sublingual Medications from a Trusted Pharmacy

If you have difficulty swallowing or experience an upset stomach when you take oral medications, sublingual compounding may be the right answer for you. Sublingual medications eliminate most issues and ailments associated with oral administration. At The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills, we can customize your medications according to strength, dosage, flavor, and form. We can even remove undesirable inactive ingredients from prescriptions, such as gluten and lactose.

Compounding your medications into sublingual form can give you the best of both worlds – the right medication in the right form. You no longer have to settle for medications that upset your gastrointestinal system, or that may not work as well through oral administration.

Our experienced professionals can compound your prescriptions into the form that works for you. Contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills for more information.