10 09, 2021

Medicine too Good to be True?

2021-09-10T20:55:32+00:00September 10th, 2021|

Good doctors and good pharmacists care about their patients. They ask patients questions and listen to the answers, and then often collaborate to determine the best way to treat each patient. It may sound too good to be true, but that is just how things work every day in our pharmacy! Our compounding pharmacist can customize medications in the best dosage, strength, form and/or flavor for each patient. It’s “back to the future” and is what pharmacists did prior to the middle of the 20th century when drug manufacturing surged, and pharmacists often [...]

2 08, 2021

Vitamin D3: Essential for Optimal Health

2021-08-16T19:55:45+00:00August 2nd, 2021|

Vitamin D deficiency has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. and Canada and may be a major cause of unexplained muscle and bone pain. Numerous studies report that low vitamin D levels may precipitate or aggravate chronic pain, including low back pain (LBP). The populations with the greatest risk include the homebound elderly; people with pigmented skin, cultural and social avoidance of the sun, or gastrointestinal malabsorption; and people who live in wintertime in climates above and below latitudes of 35 degrees. The following problems are associated with low levels of Vitamin D: [...]

6 07, 2021

Diabetic Neuropathy

2021-08-16T19:54:50+00:00July 6th, 2021|

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage, a serious complication that may affect up to 50% of people with diabetes. Over time, high blood glucose levels and high levels of fats such as triglycerides in the blood can damage your nerves. Symptoms depend on which type of diabetic neuropathy you have. Peripheral neuropathy is the most common type of nerve damage that typically affects the feet and legs and sometimes affects the hands and arms. Autonomic neuropathy is damage to nerves that control internal organs, leading to problems with heart rate and blood pressure, digestive [...]

7 06, 2021

Men’s Health

2021-06-07T13:09:32+00:00June 7th, 2021|

While the life expectancy gap between men and women has decreased, it's no secret that men still need to pay more attention to their bodies. Several factors work against men: men tend to smoke and drink more than women; men do not seek medical help as often as women; and some men define themselves by their work, which can add to the stress. Improving men's health starts at home with individuals and families taking steps to live safer and healthier lives. The biggest threats to men's health can often be prevented. Some of [...]

6 05, 2021

Benefits and Uses of Customized Medications for Sports Medicine

2021-05-06T20:01:56+00:00May 6th, 2021|

Regular physical activity can help prevent chronic health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. When participating in an exercise routine or sport, it is important to also stay safe and prevent injury. Many times, a sports medicine expert can help individuals about the physical risks of their chosen sport and encourage healthy healing if an injury occurs. Athletes, coaches, trainers, physicians, physical therapists, and even the “weekend warrior” are faced with many problems: muscle spasms edema/swelling inflammation abrasions and cuts fungal infections of the skin and nails dry skin callouses hemorrhoids [...]

1 04, 2021

Customized Therapy for Neuropathic Pain

2021-04-01T18:37:02+00:00April 1st, 2021|

Neuropathic pain affects 7-8% of the population and accounts for 20 – 25% of individuals suffering from chronic pain. It can be a personally devastating and costly condition. The burning, aching, or shooting pain is often associated with sensory changes and can be particularly severe and disabling. The pain may also be accompanied by weakness and skin breakdown. Because neuropathic pain is frequently harder to treat than other types of pain, it often results in a poor quality of life for patients, when in fact novel therapies may be helpful.  Many customary, commercially [...]

4 03, 2021

Do you, your parents, your children or your pets have problems taking medications? We can probably help!

2021-03-04T21:28:10+00:00March 4th, 2021|

Medication problems include: Trouble swallowing capsules or tablets Bad tasting medicine Nausea that prevents individuals from taking oral medications Side effects such as stomach upset or drowsiness that are not tolerable or interfere with daily activities. All the above problems can be helped with topical and transdermal medications that can be compounded by our pharmacist. Many medications can be absorbed through the skin instead of being taken orally or by injection. Prior to the availability of compounded dosage forms, patients who could not take oral medications frequently had to receive intravenous therapy. Injectable [...]

4 02, 2021

Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in Postmenopausal Women

2021-02-04T02:04:44+00:00February 4th, 2021|

As estrogen levels decline in postmenopausal women, lots of unpleasant things can happen: Vaginal atrophy (thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to decreased estrogen levels) Cystitis (bladder inflammation) Changes in urinary frequency, urgency and incontinence Recurrent urinary tract infections Recurrent urinary tract infection (RUTI) is defined as three episodes of urinary tract infection (UTI) in the previous 12 months or two episodes in the last six months. RUTI and cystitis are common in postmenopausal women because falling estrogen levels affect the lining of the bladder, predisposing them to urinary tract [...]

12 01, 2021

Preventing and Treating Dry Skin

2021-01-12T20:17:12+00:00January 12th, 2021|

Dry skin usually results from controllable environmental factors, such as exposure to hot or cold weather with low humidity levels, long-term use of air conditioning or central heating, and excessive bathing. Other factors - including diseases like psoriasis, thyroid disorders, alcohol and caffeine, medications (antihistamines, diuretics, and isotretinoin) and dehydration - can significantly alter the skin’s function and appearance. Damage from ultraviolet (UV) radiation may lead to collagen and elastin fibers breaking down much more quickly than they should, resulting in deep wrinkles and loose, sagging skin. If not cared for, dry skin [...]

9 12, 2020

Customized Pediatric Medications

2020-12-09T18:28:52+00:00December 9th, 2020|

Children pose many medication challenges: difficulty swallowing, refusal of medication due to taste or texture, and fear of injections. The limited market for most drugs may be the leading reason for the lack of investment in pediatric drug development by the pharmaceutical industry. Most medications are not labeled for pediatric populations and therefore not available in a suitable pediatric dosage form. Many drugs are not commercially available as liquids, and fewer are available in dosage forms that children like. Fortunately, compounding pharmacies can prepare oral medications as suspensions, solutions, concentrates, freezer-pops, “gummies” or [...]

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