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Archive for December, 2013

The Pills You Don’t Need to Take

Published on December 31st, 2013

In a recent story in the Los Angeles Times, they reported on a new study by doctors that found that Americans are wasting approximately $28 billion a year on multivitamins. The study backed up previous research that has found that vitamin and mineral supplements have no discernible effect on healthy individuals who don’t suffer from malnutrition. The list includes multivitamins, antioxidants, folic acid, and B vitamins.

In the article, one of the study’s physicians wrote, “The message is simple: Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided.”

The efficacy of vitamin and mineral supplements has always been dubious. Many people take them simply to hedge their bets against future health problems. But, the truth is, most people get all the nutrition they need from the food they eat. In fact, doctors have long held that vitamins and minerals are best absorbed from natural foods.

There are a number of pills that are quite effective for the treatment of various health conditions. As a compounding pharmacy, we routinely prepare a number of formulas that are much more effective than vitamin and mineral supplements, albeit most are by prescription only. The lesson here is pretty clear, however: Maintaining good nutrition is the best way to get the vitamins and minerals you need, and disease treatment and prevention is best handled under the supervision of your doctor. And if you need custom medication, we offer a wide range of services.

What to Do When a Drug Shortage Affects You

Published on December 10th, 2013

Anyone who has a regular prescription knows the importance of taking their medication as recommended by a doctor. But what if a drug shortage threatens the supply of this essential medicine? Depending on the severity of the condition you are treating, this could spell trouble for you. And, according to a recent story in USA Today, drug shortages have spiked in the United States in the past six years. Although the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to limit these occurrences, drug shortages might still affect you. That leaves many patients wondering where to go to get the medications they need.

Compounding Pharmacies Can Fill the Gap

If you have ever experienced this unfortunate occurrence, you may already be familiar with the concept of a compounding pharmacy. As long as the active ingredients in your medication are still available, a compounding pharmacist can produce the medications you need even in times of shortage. This can help you avoid potentially dangerous disruptions to your treatment, whether you need prescriptions to control your blood pressure or suffer from chronic pain. Whatever your particular needs, a compounding pharmacist can produce the medicine you need with access to the right ingredients.

Drug shortages usually occur as manufacturers of generic drugs merge and change production models. In many cases, less profitable drugs are discontinued altogether when this happens. Shortages can be serious, but individuals on long-term medication especially cannot afford to have their medicine discontinued. Once again, though, the compounding pharmacist can fill the void left when large drug companies are unable to meet your needs. As long as you have a prescription, you can get custom medication to replace your old mass-produced drugs.

A compounding pharmacy can also produce your medication in unique delivery forms and remove any unwanted ingredients, which is especially helpful for patients with allergy concerns.

Three Reasons Pain Will Not Go Away

Published on December 2nd, 2013

We have all experienced that awful sensation of pain that no matter what you do to make yourself feel better it will not go away. Lingering pain means that there is a problem at the location of injury or in the surrounding areas. We may assume that pain that continues is “just in your head,” and we try to ignore it until it goes away. Acute and chronic pain occurs within a wide variety of conditions. Medications for pain help relieve pain and reduce effects and anxiety with appropriate combinations of medication for any patient. Take a look at the three reasons why your pain is not going away, and see where your symptoms relate.

The Pain is from Tension, Not from Injury

Pain that exists from an injury is associated with tension in the surrounding areas of the injured site on the body. The injury will heal over time, but the pain still lingers. For these situations, tension causes pain even when there is no injury to the site, or passed by for a substantial time period.

Your Body May Reject Pain Medication

We may think that our bodies metabolize and process medication exactly the same when in fact no two agents are processed the same exact way. Some people may experience little to no effects from hospital-prescribed medications to reduce pain and injury. The pain may just be too strong, but most of the time it is because the body cannot effectively process the painkiller.

For these instances, your doctor should be notified and he will determine a solution for your need of long-term pain management.

Improper Diagnosis

There are many occasions when doctors fail to correctly treat your condition, which means you will suffer longer than needed. When you feel that your body is not responding to treatment, or if pain returns after treatment ends, return to your doctor or get a second opinion elsewhere for effective treatment.

To learn more about effective pain management after an injury or follow-up treatment visit your physician. Unless your clinic and healthcare provider is experienced with composing an effective prescription for pain management, a compounding pharmacy will responsibly fill your prescription with proper the dosage for treatment.

  • It is rare to find health professionals who are so willing to educate the patient on what they need to know.

    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA