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Archive for February, 2016

Compounded Sinus Treatment for Acute and Chronic Rhinosinusitis

Published on February 19th, 2016

The Turn of the Seasons

Although people who suffer from chronic rhinosinusitis can battle problems year-round, there is often an uptick in symptoms When the seasons change. Spring and fall are particularly bad for aggravating these problems, but some individuals also see worse symptoms when spring turns to summer or fall turns to winter. At that time, compounding pharmacies see an uptick in customers looking for relief.

Finding Relief from this Condition

Some people rely heavily on home remedies. This is fine if symptoms are moderate. However, for particularly stubborn, persistent issues, compounded treatments are typically the preferred way to go. These days, there is a wide variety of both OTC and prescription treatments readily available. They include topical treatments, such as pain killers or sinus rinses, and oral medications, such as decongestants, steroids and antibiotics.

Severity of Symptoms

Sinusitis just means the sinus tissues are inflamed. Although this is uncomfortable and can interfere with breathing through the nose, it is not necessarily due to infection. Another possible cause for such symptoms includes allergies. The treatment methods have some areas of overlap, but also include important differences.

Topical sprays or saline rinses may be sufficient to give relief of allergy symptoms, yet can also be helpful with more serious problems. If there is a yellow or green discharge, this is an infection and may warrant antibiotics. In a world of increasingly antibiotic resistant strains of infection, it is wise to not prescribe antibiotics unnecessarily.

However, when they are called for, they can be literally lifesaving. In the era before antibiotics, infections we consider minor today were sometimes fatal. If ignored, any infection has the potential to turn more serious. So you should always deal with infection as a serious matter.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

If you have a history of sinus problems, you should not wait until symptoms take a turn for the worse to seek treatment. A good maintenance routine and effective preventive measures can help you avoid having minor problems turn into major ones.

This is not only going to give you better quality of life, it is typically easier on your budget. Arm yourself with good information and good preventive treatments before you get sick. A compounding pharmacy is a place where you can get both information and treatment products. If you have a history of sinus problems, call Fusion RX today for a consultation.

Discovering The Best Hemorrhoids Treatment Options

Published on February 12th, 2016

What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are a group of swollen veins that develop in the anal region. They can be located on the inside or outside of the anus. Anyone can develop hemorrhoids. However, it is rare for children to develop hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids is an embarrassing ailment, but you do not have to cope with alone. There are a number of treatment options that are available for hemorrhoids. A professional can help you find the treatment option that best fits your needs.

Hemorrhoids Treatment Options

Many people’s hemorrhoids never go away completely. However, there are ways that you can reduce the pain and symptoms this condition causes. If over-the-counter medications are not giving you relief, then a compounding pharmacist can help you. A compound pharmacist will develop a personalized treatment for you based on your medical issues, preferences and symptoms.

One of the reasons that over-the-counter treatments often fail is because most of them only have one active ingredient. However, a treatment customized by a compounding pharmacist may contain several active ingredients. Some ingredients are designed to alleviate the symptoms, such as itching and burning. Others are designed to shrink the hemorrhoids.

A compound pharmacist can also adjust the dosage as needed. A Rectal Rocket is just one of the many treatment options that you have for hemorrhoids. It is a suppository that is shaped like a rocket. It can treat both internal and external hemorrhoids. The main part of the Rectal Rocket is placed inside of the rectum, which treats the internal hemorrhoids. The tail part hangs outside of the rectum, which treats the external hemorrhoids.

The Rectal Rocket may seem like a strange treatment, but many people prefer to use it over surgery. Our pharmacists can help you find the hemorrhoids treatment that is best for you.

How To Prevent Hemorrhoids

Constipation is one of the main causes of hemorrhoids. It is often caused by diet. Increasing your fluid and fiber intake will help alleviate constipation that is caused by diet. Refined carbohydrates, such as crackers, muffins and bread can exacerbate constipation. Dairy products can also worsen constipation.

If you have difficulty treating hemorrhoids and have tried over-the-counter and other commercially available prescription treatments that have failed, please contact us to get more information about how compounding pharmacy can help you!

What is Compounding Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Published on February 5th, 2016

Hormones are chemical messengers that our bodies use to share information between different organ systems. They help keep all of our body’s functions in sync. If your hormones are out of balance it can effect many realms of your health, including your emotions, metabolism, skin, and sex life – just think of how haywire your body felt during puberty!

Hormones can become unbalanced due to menopause, disease, or other factors, causing a slew of negative effects. Compounded hormone replacement therapy (HRT) offers a solution to restore balance to hormones.

How is compounded HRT unique?

Compound therapies are custom prepared medications that are mixed to meet the unique needs of a particular patient. Compounded HRT provides an advantage over “one-size-fits-all” hormone treatments, because it takes into account a patient’s current hormone levels and desired outcome for an individualized therapy.

A compound pharmacist works closely with a healthcare provider to evaluate a patient’s current hormone state and develop a hormone replacement strategy to help bring her hormone levels back into a comfortable balance.

What conditions can compounded HRT treat?

The most common use for hormone replacement is alleviation of the symptoms of menopause, however, hormone imbalances can occur at any age and compounded HRT can be used to treat conditions that arise at any point in a woman’s life. Conditions that respond well to hormone therapy include:

  • Reproductive conditions, such as PMS, irregular cycle, and infertility
  • Mental conditions, such as mood swings, poor sleep, and post-partum depression
  • Sexual conditions, such as decreased libido, painful intercourse, and vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain and more

Millions of women are affected by these conditions, and many companies have produced generic products to treat them. Unlike a generic pill, compounded HRT recognizes that each woman is different and tailors treatment specifically to her.

What can I expect with compounded HRT?

The first step in developing your custom HRT strategy is understanding your unique hormonal profile. A compounding pharmacist can give you a hormone evaluation to fill out, and assist your healthcare provider in assessing hormone levels obtained from a serum or saliva sample.

Guided by the results of these tests, your healthcare provider and compounding pharmacist will work with you to develop a treatment plan suited to the needs of your body. Your pharmacist can then prepare your custom hormone treatment in the appropriate dosage form, such as capsules, creams, suppositories, or sublingual drops.

Once therapy begins, you will continue to work with your healthcare team to ensure that the desired results are being accomplished and make adjustments as necessary.

Compounded hormone replacement therapy can help bring your body back into balance. Contact us for a consultation today!

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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA