Compounded Medications for Pain Management
An estimated 50 million Americans are partially or totally disabled due to chronic pain making it the single most common symptom for which individuals seek medical help. Acute pain can easily evolve into chronic pain. Chronic neuropathic pain is the result of multiple sources, often unknown, but which share a common pathway of how pain is perceived and registered. Examples include:
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
- Post-herpetic neuralgia
- Post-surgical neuropathy
- Thoracic outlet syndrome, etc.
Topical Pain Relief
Compounding pain relief medications in the pharmacy into creams, gels or sprays provides an effective way to treat the pain and can also eliminate common side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness or stomach discomfort.
As patients vary in size, symptoms and pain tolerance, commercially available medications do not always provide an appropriate strength dose. Through compounding, a physician and pharmacist can customize a medication to the exact amount needed by the patient.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are the most commonly prescribed medications for pain. They relieve pain in the majority of patients, but do have side effects that often limit their use. Stomach upset, gastritis, and even ulcers are possible with long term oral NSAID use. There is, however, an alternative to oral NSAIDs.
Restore Health pharmacists have developed a variety of NSAID creams and topical applications. These creams require a prescription specifically written for a patient and each product is individually prepared for the patient.
For a personal consultation with a Pharmacist regarding these treatments, please contact one of our pharmacists today.