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Archive for July, 2014

Treating Childhood Illness: Pediatric Needs for Compounds

Published on July 29th, 2014

Pediatric needs for compounds are very specific, although they are similar to the needs of other compounding pharmacy patients. As a parent, you know that having a sick child can be an extremely difficult experience. Whether your child has a chronic condition or something short term, finding the right medication is often crucial. Successful treatment of childhood illnesses depends on many factors, including a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. But once you have those secured, you need a medication that works for your child. Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy in Los Angeles can provide exactly what you’re looking for, meeting the specific pediatric needs for compounds.

  • Special Dosages – Kids have different tolerance levels for medication, much of the time correlating with his or her size. Children should not take dosage levels intended for adults, but some medications are only mass-produced in one dosage. A custom compound can be prepared to meet your child’s specific dosage needs.
  • Alternative Delivery Methods – In addition to the dosages being too high, pills intended for adults are often too big for kids to swallow. Fortunately, those pills can almost always be prepared in an alternative delivery method that your child can take. That might mean smaller pills, but it can also mean liquid medications, topical ointments, suppositories, or any other form that meets your child’s needs. We can even flavor liquid medications so your child will actually want to take his or her medication.
  • Improved Compounds – Custom compounds are usually better compounds. Mass production imposes many limits, and these drugs almost never meet the specific needs of the individual. A custom compound can include just the ingredients you child needs, and none that he or she doesn’t. This includes medications without potential allergens and other harmful substances that may be present in mass-produced drugs.

If your child needs to take medication and is poorly served by the current offerings on pharmacy shelves, Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy can help you.

How to Get Gluten-Free Medication

Published on July 21st, 2014

The growing popularity of the gluten-free diet can be seen everywhere, especially here in West LA. People are picking the gluten-free items off of store shelves and avoiding bread altogether when they go out. But, although most people are savvy enough to be able to avoid gluten in their food, many are unaware that they could be ingesting gluten from another source: their medication.

Gluten can irritate your digestive tract and make you feel bloated. Many of our patients have found that they have more energy and generally feel lighter on their feet after starting the diet. Many have also lost weight. And, if you suffer from celiac disease, even the smallest amount of this common grain protein could make you ill. Unfortunately, medications are not required to carry a label identifying whether or not they are gluten-free. This is dangerous for many reasons:

  • Excipients are common ingredients used to bond medications together, some of which use gluten as a bonding agent.
  • Although few medications use gluten, it is important that it be listed among the excipient ingredients if it is in the medication.
  • Generic medications often have different inactive ingredients than the brand name. This means that a brand name drug that is gluten-free may have a generic counterpart that is not.

Currently, there is no labeling system enforced by law on the manufacturers of medications. If you need gluten-free medicine, your best bet is to contact your local compounding pharmacy, like Fusion Rx here in West LA.

Compounding pharmacies produce custom preparations of your medication, meaning that allergen-containing ingredients can be left out. Gluten-free is easy for a place like ours. If you suffer from celiac disease, or just enjoy being without a “bread belly,” get your medicine compounded to be certain that it really is gluten-free.

Immune-Boosting Drug Can Treat Fibromyalgia and More

Published on July 14th, 2014

A drug once used exclusively in the treatment of alcohol and opioid dependence has shown a great deal of promise in treating diseases related to the immune system. This drug, has been growing in popularity for this off-label usage recently. When administered in low doses, it can be quite effective at boosting the body’s natural immune system. This compounded drug can be effective treatment for:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

The effectiveness is largely dependent on the release of endorphins in the brain. The diseases listed above are either triggered by or accelerated by an endorphin deficiency. This is because endorphins help regulate the body’s immune response. However, the link between the two is still not fully understood by scientists. Regardless of this fact, the use in patients with autoimmune diseases has been shown to be quite effective in most cases. This is because the compounded drug acts as an opioid receptor antagonist, blocking the part of the brain that receives opioids. This in turn causes the body to increase the production of endorphins, creating the attendant immune system boost.

In patients with autoimmune diseases, the use of compounded drug has been found to halt the progression of the illness. Many patients also experience a marked remission in signs and symptoms of their disease. According to one study, which observed 400 patients with multiple sclerosis, less than one percent of those using the compounded drug experienced a fresh attack of MS during their therapy.

If you live with an autoimmune disease and are interested in the potential benefits of compounded drug, talk to your pharmacist today. Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy can work in conjunction with your doctor to produce a compounded drug specifically designed to meet your needs.

Human Growth Hormones

Published on July 7th, 2014

Patients frequently ask about the differences between Human Growth Hormone and compounded drug for hormone replacement therapy, specifically the advantages of one over the other. Although HGH has become increasingly popular over the years, a c can provide age-defying results.

Compounded Drug May Minimize Risk

Because of the way it works – a growth hormone-releasing hormone (GH-RH), meaning it stimulates your body to produce HGH. HGH injections can lead to an overdose, as the HGH is introduced directly to your body. A compounded drug stimulates your pituitary gland to produce HGH. If you receive too much, your pituitary gland will regulate your body’s natural release of GH-RH to keep your hormone levels safe.

Delivers Consistency

The effects of HGH tend to start strong and fade relatively quickly, as the HGH in your bloodstream recedes throughout the day.A compounded drug on the other hand, produces a natural ebb and flow when it comes to your body’s HGH production. This ensures a steady supply of HGH. It also stimulates the blood vessels that serve as a pathway between the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.

A compounded drug is not subject to resistance within the body, as HGH is. Over time, HGH therapy becomes less effective as the body grows accustomed to the sudden increases in HGH levels. With a compounded drug, the pituitary and hypothalamus are able to regulate growth hormone levels within the body.

Benefits

If you find yourself lacking energy, gaining weight around the midsection, and/or losing strength, you may have abnormally low HGH levels. A compounded drug can return you to normal, healthy HGH levels. It can also help improve heart health, bone density, and sexual performance. To find out which compounded drug is right for you, speak to your physician today.

  • 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