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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!

Compounding Treatments For Psoriasis

Published on January 21st, 2016

Psoriasis is a common dermatitis that alters the life cycle of skin cells, leading to the rapid formation of silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches on the surface of the skin. While there is no cure for this persistent skin condition, various ingredients can be combined to fit the unique need of a patient, prevent skin cells from building up too fast and generally alleviate symptoms. Salicylic acid, coal tar, alpha-hydoxy acid, retinoids and steroids are used in combination to alleviate psoriasis symptoms.

Coal Tar as a psoriasis treatment

Coal tar, which is a thick, black liquid that is obtained by distillation of bituminous coal, is one of the oldest treatments for psoriasis. The topical compound is usually combined with steroids to inhibit the growth and development of extra cells, reducing itching, scaling and inflammation. This topical compound should be prepared in concentrations of 0.5-5 percent.

Patients with psoriasis should apply coal tar to the affected area, and wait for approximately two hours before rinsing it off with clean water. Coal tar has a nasty smell and stains clothing and bedding.

Salicylic Acid, Urea And Alpha-hydroxy Acids

Salicylic acid is prepared in concentrations of up to 20 percent and is often used in combination with urea, which hydrates the skin, steroids and other medications. Alpha-hydoxy acid has properties that prevent extra thick skin cells from sticking together and help shed off the skin’s top layer. Salicylic acid can cause toxicity and burning if used on a large area. When used in high concentrations or for extended periods, these medications can cause skin irritation, itching and other side effects.

Topical Retinoids And Corticosteroids

Topical retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that are usually used with steroids to normalize the growth and differentiation of cells at the DNA level. Side effects of topical retinoids include skin rash and dryness. Psoriasis patients should apply sunscreen while using the medication.

Pregnant and nursing mothers should consult their doctors before using tazarotene. Topical corticosteroids aid in reducing inflammation and itching. The body can develop tolerance against corticosteroids if the medications are used for prolonged periods.

As of 2016, there is no cure for psoriasis: however, compounding pharmacies use special tools to manufacture topical compounds that help alleviate psoriasis symptoms. Besides using the treatments, patients should avoid psoriasis triggers, such as smoking, alcohol, intense sun exposure, stress and injuries.

Skin exposure to controlled amount of light can help improve symptoms. Fusion RX is the only compounding pharmacy in Los Angeles that is accredited by Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board and delivers medications to at least 41 states throughout the United States of America. Call us today on (888) 792-6676 for consultation and prescription.

Discontinued Medications

Published on January 14th, 2016

  • Boceprevir Capsules
  • Permethrin 1% Lotion
  • Ezetimibe and Atorvastatin Tablets
  • Edrophonium Chloride and Atropine Injection
  • Aripiprazole Short-Acting Intramuscular Injection
  • Otic Unapproved Prescription Preparations Containing Benzocaine or Chloroxylenol
  • Aminohippurate Sodium
  • Azathioprine Injection
  • Droperidol Injection
  • Oxycodone/Acetaminophen Oral Solution
  • Ticlopidine Tablets
  • Denileukin Diftitox Injection
  • Scopolamine Injection
  • Ticarcillin Clavulanate
  • Fluoxymesterone Tablets
  • Amphotericin B Cholesteryl Sulfate Complex Injection
  • Mannitol Inhalation Capsules
  • Tetanus Toxoid Adsorbed
  • Cyclophosphamide Tablets
  • Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate and Sulfisoxazole Oral Suspension
  • Warfarin for Injection
  • Neostigmine Bromide Tablets
  • Norfloxacin Tablets (Noroxin)
  • Bismuth Subsalicylate/Metronidazole/Tetracycline (Helidac Therapy)
  • Prenatal Multivitamins with Minerals
  • Hexachlorophene 3% Detergent Cleanser (Phisohex)
  • Pilocarpine Ophthalmic Gel
  • Levothyroxine (Levothroid) Oral Tablets
  • Oral Sodium Phosphate (Over-the-Counter) Solution
  • Ganciclovir Capsules
  • Japanese Encephalitis Virus Inactivated Vaccine
  • Mesalamine 400 mg Delayed-Release Tablet (Asacol)
  • Scopolamine Hydrobromide Ophthalmic Solution
  • Asparaginase Injection
  • Kanamycin Sulfate Injection
  • Buprenorphine and Naloxone Tablets
  • Nystatin Vaginal Tablets
  • Ethinyl Estradiol 50 mcg and Norethindrone 1 mg Tablets
  • Chloral Hydrate Oral Solution and Capsules
  • Verapamil Extended Release Tablets
  • Epinephrine Metered Dose Inhaler
  • Lepirudin Injection
  • Neomycin Oral Solution
  • Alefacept Injection
  • Gold Sodium Thiomalate Injection
  • Mebendazole Tablets
  • Drotrecogin Alfa (Activated) Injection
  • ADEKs Chewable Tablets
  • Tinzaparin Sodium Injection
  • Inamrinone Injection
  • Piperacillin Sodium for Injection
  • TriHIBit – Diphtheria, Tetanus Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis with Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine (DTaP with Haemophilus b Conjugate)
  • Tripedia – Diphtheria, Tetanus Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine (DTaP)
  • Gatifloxacin 0.3% Ophthalmic Solution
  • Ergonovine Injection
  • Mephobarbital Tablets
  • Iron Polysaccharide Oral Liquid
  • Thiopental Injection
  • Flunisolide Oral Inhaler
  • Heparin Sodium (Beef) injection
  • Gemtuzumab Ozogamicin Injection
  • Ipecac Syrup
  • Emergency Drug Syringes
  • Tetracaine Topical Solution

Debate about Vitamin B and Memory Loss Finally Put to Rest

Published on November 14th, 2014

There has been a lot of talk at our compounding pharmacy recently about the apparent cause of memory loss upon taking vitamin B and folic acid supplements. There have also been discussions about taking vitamin B12 and folic acid to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss, since homocysteine levels can be reduced upon taking these. What should we believe is true? Previous studies found mixed results, but a new comprehensive study may finally put an end to the debate once and for all.

The latest study, published in the Neurology journal, shows that over a two-year period people who had taken B vitamins had decreased levels of homocysteine, while a second group who took a placebo supplement showed no improvement. However, those in the placebo group and the vitamin B group did not show any significant improvement on thinking and memory tests. In addition, vitamin levels could be connected to changes in the brain that are not visible to psychological tests, but they can be seen on brain scans, the study said.

Are there People with a Vitamin Deficiency?

A great majority of people are able to get B12 vitamins they need through a basic diet. Meat, fish, eggs and dairy products are all rich in this vitamin. However, there are patients who struggle from vitamin deficiencies. Without some of the supplements that we obtain from vitamin B, our bodies would not be able to convert carbohydrates into energy, promote metabolic reactions for growth, or provide assistance in development of red blood cells. Vitamin B deficiency occurs for a number of different reasons, some of which are unknown but others present themselves as the following:

  • Pernicious anemia
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Weight loss
  • Stomach issues
  • Memory loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tingling of hands and feet

Compounding Personal Vitamin Prescriptions

For many, it may be difficult for their bodies to absorb vitamin supplements, and for these people, vitamin B12 injections prescribed by their doctor may be what they need. These prescriptions can be made in a sterile compounding pharmacy like ours. We are able to develop an individualized medication that goes well beyond than what a normal pharmacy can produce, which most pharmacies have no time or the expertise to do such a task. With a doctor’s prescription, we have the ability to mix your prescriptions and medications in the perfect blend for you.

Whether it is a specific dosage or a combination that cannot be found over the counter, we are the people you rely on to deliver the best product for you. The compounding pharmacy Los Angeles patients choose most can create the appropriate medication for your prescription. Contact Fusion RX Pharmacy online or over the phone at 1-888-792-6676 and we will fill get started on your prescription today.

What Are the Benefits with Taking Oxytocin?

Published on October 24th, 2014

Improve your Hugs with Oxytocin

Have you ever wondered where the warm and fuzzy feeling comes from when cuddling, or why sometimes you just need a hug? That’s where oxytocin comes in. Aptly referred to as “the cuddle hormone,” this multifaceted hormone has been used to help mothers bond with their newborns and even stimulate brain activity in children and teenagers with autism . At Fusion Rx compounding pharmacy, oxytocin is just one of the many hormone treatments we have available, and we take pride in customizing each unique treatment plan according to each and every patient’s needs.

What is this Miracle Hormone and What does it do?

This multi-purposed hormone is produced in the hypothalamus (that all-important part of the brain that tells you if you’re hungry or full, hot or cold, amongst many, many other things), oxytocin is released throughout the day from actions like a long hug, intercourse or even watching an emotional, heart-wrenching movie.

The Many Benefits of this Hormone

As you can see, there are various ways that oxytocin benefits us. Here are just some of the benefits the cuddle hormone has to offer:

  • Increase brain function: children and teenagers with autism have shown increased levels of brain function when given oxytocin.
  • Anti-inflammatory: relieves cramping, headaches and migraines.
  • Stress relief: This is where the hugging and cuddling comes in. The oxytocin that your brain releases during hugging a loved one or petting an animal has been shown to reduce stress.

Get All of Your Medication Needs

If you feel you have an oxytocin (or any hormone) deficiency, contact us and we will get started on your unique treatment plan right away.

New Pain Prescription Regulations from DEA Aims to Control Hydrocodone

Published on October 10th, 2014

When you are suffering from pain and discomfort, what pain killer do you turn to the most? If you said Vicodin, Norco, or Lorcet, then you may be in search of a replacement quickly. New federal restrictions have taken effect since Oct. 6, impacting hundreds of medications utilizing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller in the United States. At our compounding pharmacy we carry some of the best painkiller treatments that are customized pain gels or fibromyalgia treatments without utilizing the addictive ingredients. We still believe that every patient should have as much information as possible about the new pain medication regulations, so allow us to break some of this down for you.

Prescription Painkiller Issues

Although by now it may be known by most, but prescription painkiller abuse is a problem experienced throughout the majority of the United States. U.S. health care providers wrote over 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers (such as Vicodin and Oxycontin) in 2012, enough to give a bottle of pills to every adult in the country. Using painkillers outside of its intended purpose of treatment is what makes painkiller abuse so intolerable these days.

Every 19 minutes, someone loses their life from a prescription drug overdose in the U.S. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, about 9 percent of Americans over the age of 12 have abused a painkiller drug. In addition a recent study reported that over 3,500 patients surveyed were admitted to addiction treatment facilities. The two main culprits for their addiction, hydrocodone and oxycodone, accounted for 75 percent of opiate addiction. Losing control of their body to constantly take the edge off is what drove the DEA to make these regulations a reality.

DEA Regulations

This decision by the DEA requires patients to go through a special prescription ordering process that may make it difficult for patients who thrive on them. In the past, patients were allowed to visit their doctor every six months and have a 6-month supply of Vicodin, but now the ruling requires patients to visit their physicians regularly, as early as every 3 months to evaluate their progress and need for hydrocodone painkillers.

As one DEA resident agent stated, Hydrocodone was not intended to be a long-term pain management prescription, and with increasing rates of abuse the need for control of these substances is required to avoid serious patient consequences.

Pain Management with a Compounding Pharmacy Los Angeles Patients Trust

Tracking your pain and leading a healthy lifestyle may be difficult in the beginning, but your symptoms may be treated with safe and clean products that do not lead to abuse. Transdermal pain gels are compounded based on your physician’s recommendations. Allow our professionals to develop the perfect pain management prescription for your condition today. Contact our compounding pharmacy online or call us to about your prescription at 1-888-792-6676.

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.

  • 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