Studies show that close to one out of every four Americans suffers from some type of chronic pain. Chronic pain is the primary cause of adult disability in the United States. Acute pain easily can evolve into chronic pain, which can become difficult to treat. Many commonly prescribed, commercially available pain relief medications help the symptoms associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, and other nerve and muscle pain, but they can also result in unwanted side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness or stomach irritation. Many patients taking these medications come to accept these conditions as part of daily life, but they may find a better solution through pharmacy compounding.
Pharmacy compounding offers patients customized options for pain medication. It can provide valuable benefits to those for whom pain management has become a way of life. By working with a compounding pharmacist, your healthcare provider can prescribe treatments tailored specifically for your pain management needs.
Alternate Dosage Forms
Many patients experience stomach irritation or other unpleasant side effects from taking pain medication while some have difficulty taking the medication in its commercially available form. Compounding can make it easier as instead of a capsule or tablet, pain medications often can be compounded as dosage forms such as:
- A topical gel, cream or spray form that can be applied directly to the site of the pain and absorbed through the skin
- A custom-flavored troche that dissolves under the tongue, a nasal spray, or a suppository
These dosage forms may bypass the gastrointestinal tract, providing optimal results with less GI irritation, and also help patients who may have difficulty swallowing pills.
Transdermal Pain Gels are Better Because?
Topical administration (e.g., cream, gel and ointment) , on the other hand, delivers the drug directly to the disease site and produces high local drug concentration, while reducing unwanted side effects. Click here to get our Patient Information Sheet – Anti-Inflammatory & Pain Relief for more complete details on Transdermal Gels for treatment of Pain & Inflammation.
- Non Addictive! There are no opioids used in Transdermal Pain Gels so there is no addiction developed with their use on localized pain.
- Reduced incidence of drug interactions
- Can be customized to be more effective on localized pain whether acute or chronic
- Less irritation and toxicities
- Non drowsy
Pain can be debilitating, whether it’s acute muscle or nerve pain resulting from an accident, or a chronic condition such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Compounding may help improve a your quality of life by providing more customized relief with potentially fewer side effects. Ask us today how we can work with yourself and your physician to assist you.
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