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Archive for August, 2014

Migraine Treatment and Recognizing Onset

Published on August 26th, 2014

Although we carry some of the best migraine treatments in West Los Angeles here at Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy, we still think it is important for every patient who suffers from this condition to have as much information as possible. In that mission, we have decided to provide some basic migraine statistics, as well as tips to recognize the onset of a migraine before your experience the actual pain and sensitivity.

For starters, all you migraine sufferers out there should know that you are hardly alone. In fact, approximately 12 percent of people in the United States have some form of migraine disorder. When it comes to women, the number is even higher; about one in three women will experience at least one migraine in her lifetime. If you have ever had a migraine, then you know that the condition is marked by a throbbing headache on one side of your cranium, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and hypersensitivity to light and noise, among other things. What you may not be aware of are the signs and symptoms that can predict a migraine long before it actually occurs.

During the hours and days before the onset of a migraine – a period known as the premonitory phase – there are several predictive symptoms that you can look out for. Chief among these are fatigue and neck discomfort, but you may also experience:

  • Yawning
  • Weariness
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Thirst
  • Hunger
  • Increased Urination
  • Trouble Concentrating

About a quarter of people also experience something known as the aura, a blind spot or spinning wheel of light that obscures the vision.

Managing your condition can sometimes come down to recognizing signs of onset and avoiding anything that you may notice is triggering your condition. Of course, we also offer a variety of helpful treatments for one a migraine does set in.

Escape the Heat with Female Hormone Replacement

Published on August 26th, 2014

Every year, as soon as the weather begins to heat up, we see a number of female patients who come to us complaining of hot flashes. Although this is a common symptom of menopause, hot flashes can be even worse when temperatures rise. As we head deeper into August and the eventual Indian Summer of September in Los Angeles, we thought we’d remind everybody of the virtues of female hormone replacement therapy, which can help you manage the many effects of menopause – including hot flashes – much more easily.

When it comes to hormone replacement therapy for women, hot flashes are at the top of the list of symptoms that usually prompt this treatment. We prepare custom dosages of the hormones your body needs, helping to balance out your levels of progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. This can help minimize the recurrence of symptoms like hot flashes, as well as fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, and breast swelling. When combined with a sensible diet and exercise, hormone replacement can also help you maintain a healthy weight more easily.

Most of the women we administer this treatment to patients over the age of 50, although some women experience a condition known as perimenopause earlier than that. At any age, a condition like hot flashes can be extremely uncomfortable. Add to that daytime temperatures that creep into the triple digits, and you can understand why so many women seek relief from this side-effect of hormonal changes within the body.

Fortunately, hormone replacement therapy can be prepared at our compounding pharmacy in West Los Angeles, fully ready for you to use. With regular usage, your hormones can be brought into better balance. This can allow you to return to the normalcy you enjoyed before the symptoms of menopause ever began.

Treating Acid Reflux Disease in Children

Published on August 5th, 2014

Acid reflux disease in children – technically termed gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – can be a serious issue. This condition is hard enough for adults to deal with, as it causes major discomfort every time you eat. The risks for kids can be more serious than for adults, however. Children require more nutrition to help them grow and develop, but the discomfort of acid reflux can make them resistant to eating by making it painful to swallow. Kids can already be picky eaters, and acid reflux only increases the chances that they may become undernourished. Fortunately, acid reflux in children is very treatable.

Proton pump inhibitors can help regulate the secretion of stomach acid, which causes the symptoms of GERD in the first place. GERD develops when the sphincter that separates the stomach from the esophagus becomes weakened, allowing stomach acid to irritate the lining of the esophagus. In children, this can lead to vomiting, coughing, and breathing problems. Children under age one often grow out of the condition, but in older children it should be diagnosed and treated. Usually, this involves the use of compounded drug.

Acid reflux treatments for children are usually best when obtained in a custom preparation from a compounding pharmacy. This is because the common, mass-produced versions of these drugs are designed for adults and may not meet the specific needs of kids. For one thing, a small child needs a smaller dose of most drugs than a full grown adult. Mass-produced proton pump inhibitors are rarely designed for children.

Also, a compounding pharmacy can prepare the proton pump inhibitor in a custom flavor to make it easier to administer. If your child is already resistant to eating, a tasty dose of medicine can really help. Finally, a compounded version of these drugs can help regulate the pH of your child’s stomach acid more effectively, helping it attain the perfect level for proper digestion without irritation.

  • 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