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 For Fertility

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Fertility compounding can be used to create a wide range of different customized treatments to assist with fertility. In the U.S. alone over 6 million men and women have fertility issues, or one in ten couples, and fertility treatments are highly specialized and must often be customized for each individual. Pharmaceutical compounding has made several major areas of progress for fertility treatments. Women and men who are infertile may have difficulties with conceiving but modern fertility medicine is so far advanced that there are many treatments to try. Fertility medications created at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can treat a wide range of different fertility problems based on the cause. Fertility medications can prove to be successful in treating fertility issues.

The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can create customized fertility medicines based on the individual needs of the patient and directions of fertility physicians. There can be several causes of fertility problems for women such as hormonal imbalances, ovulation problems, or issues with the reproductive system. Men may have issues with creating healthy sperm, emotional stress, malnutrition and other problems that can cause infertility. Infertility can be caused by certain illnesses, the use of medications, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, and some genetic disorders. There are many factors that affect fertility even for healthy people. A fertility physician can find the specific causes of the fertility issue and create a customized treatment for each individual, and with the wide range of different factors that can affect fertility, compounding pharmacies can be quite helpful in creating customized treatments.

Factors that affect fertility

There are dozens of factors that can affect fertility in both men and women, and below are some of the more common factors, some of which cannot be controlled:

  • Age – age is the strongest predictor of fertility. Fertility for men starts to decline at age 35, and it starts to decline for women after age 32, although there are many cases of women having children even after the age of 50. There is a higher chance of miscarriage and birth abnormalities for women after the age of 40.
  • STDs – sexually transmitted diseases can affect fertility for both men and women. Diseases such as syphilis, HPV, gonorrhea and others can cause fertility problems and by affecting the reproductive organs. Early and effective treatment of STDs can prevent fertility problems from arising.
  • Weight – weight has a significant influence on fertility, however weight problems can be treated with the proper diet along with certain compounded medications. For both men and women, body fat levels can affect fertility. Excess body fat in both men and women can cause hormone production abnormalities. Body fat levels that are too low can shut down the reproductive system entirely.
  • Hormone imbalances – hormonal imbalances can result from many different causes, for women they can affect the ovulation cycle, making them too long or too short, or stopping them altogether. Hormone imbalances are regularly treated at compounding pharmacies with customized treatments based on each individual’s hormone levels.
  • Medications – many medications can have fertility side effects that result in low libido or other fertility problems. Many of fertility side effects are temporary, and some of the medications that can affect fertility include antibiotics, anti-depressants, and painkillers. Compounded medications can also be created to reverse fertility problems caused by medications.
  • Environmental hazard exposure – there are several different types of environmental hazards that can lead to fertility issues such as radiation, microwave emissions, high temperatures, chemicals, prolonged exposure to stress, and several other factors can cause fertility problems.
  • Using drugs and alcohol – several types of drugs, tobacco and alcohol can cause a wide range of different fertility problems. Smoking can cause fertility problems for women, and even moderate alcohol consumption can cause fertility problems. Addictions to drugs and alcohol can be treated with compounded medications.

Fertility medications that cannot be found commercially can be created to treat these fertility issues and other fertility issues. Hormone replacement therapies can treat fertility problems related to low hormone production, and natural hormones are often used in compounding treatments. We also offer the benefit of being able to create a wide range of different routes of administration for fertility treatments such as oral capsules, topical gels, suppositories, injections, oral suspension, and other treatments as needed.

Multiple fertility treatments can be combined into one if necessary, and compounding pharmacies can create customized fertility dosages and unique methods of administration not available commercially. Drug compounding gives fertility doctors the versatility in treatment options to be able to pick the proper treatment for their patients.

Compounding fertility treatments

Progesterone is commonly prescribed for female patients in order to increase the chance of implantation of the embryo in the endometrium, and it is another treatment that is used as a part of an assisted reproductive technology program. Men commonly receive testosterone treatments to improve libido and treat sexual dysfunctions, and medications such as Cialis, Viagra, Levitra. Customized treatments with these medications and other medications can be created at a reasonable cost by The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills. Contact us today to learn more!

Discontinued Medications & Compounding Solutions

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Over the years The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills has filled prescriptions for many discontinued medications and medications that are unavailable due to a manufacturer’s shortage. These situations may occur when a medication becomes less profitable causing companies to stop production.

Just recently we have heard of numerous shortages. What does a patient along with their healthcare provider do in such a situation? Call The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills and if the active ingredient is available, we will be able to compound the medication for you.

With a written prescription we can help prevent a disruption in the course of treatment that you and your physician have chosen.

Not only can The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills fill prescriptions for drugs that are no longer available but we can also compound commercially available medications for patients that may be lactose intolerant, allergic to preservatives or dyes and that require a different strength or dosage form than what is commercially available.

Please contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills for further information and with any questions that you may have about compounding and customizing your care. We are always happy to help!

5 Benefits of Pharmacy Compounding

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When a patient is unable to take the commercially available drug or she requires a medication that has been discontinued, our licensed pharmacists can recreate that medication via compounding. Sometimes patients don’t respond to the traditional forms of treatment, or they simply need their medication in a different form. Compounding meets these needs by providing customized solutions for each patient’s needs, making it beneficial not only for our customers, but also for medical providers and physicians.

At one time, all medications were compounded. However, with the advent of mass drug manufacturing, the role of compounding declined and pharmacists were seen more as cookie-cutter drug dispensers. Over the recent decades though, technology advancements and the rise of innovative techniques have allowed pharmacists to customize medications, which makes exploring the benefits of compounding as a differentiator even more important.

If you are still undetermined about introducing compounding to your regiment, we’ve hand-selected these 5 benefits of pharmacy compounding that show how it can help patients live a healthier and happier life.

1. Allowing Access to Discontinued Medications

When large manufacturers discontinue production of certain drugs, they make it hard for the patients who still need these medications to fill their prescriptions. Compounding pharmacists play an important role in providing access to discontinued medications by recreating pharmaceutical-based ingredients in order to ensure that patients get the critical care they require. Today, compounding pharmacies have access to the highest quality pharmaceutical ingredients and can fill the prescription using the latest research, quality control process and techniques that help meet the individual patient needs. The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can help customers get the complete range of medications they require.

2. Making Medication Easier to Use

Some medications have a very unpleasant flavor, making it hard for the patients to take them as directed. A compounding pharmacist can custom make the prescription from scratch with the patient’s flavor of choice. This is especially handy when dealing with patients who may refuse medication, like young children, elderly patients, or even pets! Patients are thankful once their medications, produced in the form that is convenient and easy to use, is made available at the pharmacy.

3. Allowing Alternative Dosage Forms

From time to time, patients may need their medication in a different dosage form. For instance, patients who have difficulty swallowing a pill may find it easier to take their medication in a pleasantly flavored liquid form. Some medications can be also compounded in a topical form — cream or a gel that allows the medicine to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. As a compounding pharmacy, we can offer these products in various dosage forms depending on the best method of compliance for the patient!

4. Making Medication Allergy-Friendly

Allergy, sensitivity, as well as a patient’s intolerance of dyes, lactose, gluten or alcohol can cause the unwanted reactions when taking a certain medication. In other cases, commercially available medications may contain excipients such as fillers and preservatives that cannot be tolerated by the patient because of sensitivities or allergies to these substances. Our compounding pharmacists can make a formula without the offensive ingredients, so a patient can still get the right treatment.

5. Offering Unique Services that Pharmacy Chains Don’t

When it comes to compounding, identifying patients’ needs is our top priority.  What side effects are patients dealing with? What questions might they have when they take their medicine? A compounding niche offers patients a service they can’t receive at most other pharmacies. It allows the pharmacist to use their extensive drug knowledge to help the patient and prescriber create a truly unique treatment plan. Compounding pharmacists are often able to offer treatments for unusual or resistant maladies that traditional allopathic medicine can’t help with or has failed. Contact us today to discuss your compounding options!