In today’s world, we enjoy the specialization of products that address our unique needs as individuals, everything from print-on-demand T-shirts and wall decals to credit cards with photos of our grandkids or pets.
This incredible development extends even into the world of pain relief. Compounding pharmacies are to pain relief medications like Starbucks is to coffee—customizable to your needs, with loads of selection and options that many pain sufferers didn’t know existed.
Pain is a general complaint but shouldn’t be overlooked in the world of health and medicine. It impacts many people and can have far-reaching consequences that extend into the workplace and family life.
And as a compounding pharmacy in the Meridian area, our goals are to educate Treasure Valley residents through outreach and regular interaction with our clients. There are many ways to address pain, and one of them is through to use of compounded topical medications.
Compounded medications are simply medicines that take FDA tested and approved drugs and mix them into a different dosage form, like a gel or cream, so that you can apply them topically for local benefit.
For example, if you suffer from arthritis pain in your hands but nowhere else in your body, a topical form of something as basic as an NSAID (e.g. ibuprofen) can directly target where your pain is localized, bypassing the typical route ingestible medicine takes through the stomach, liver, and kidneys.
One reason to use a topical cream for your pain relief is that it may prevent adverse events, which is what pharmacists and doctors call the negative side effects of medications. When used in a topical form, drugs can be processed differently in the body, which is one way to avoid some adverse events.
Adverse events can be anything from upset stomach to gastrointestinal bleeding to kidney problems or kidney failure.
Opiates—powerful drugs commonly used for pain relief—have come under fire lately for being so addictive and having many undesirable side effects such as constipation and nausea.
In terms of helping pain sufferers, opiates can still have some benefits when used correctly. Applying them topically, alone or in combination with other types of pain relievers, can make it possible to get the benefit of relief from pain without as many risks.
You may wonder if your pain is something that’s treatable with a compounded gel or cream. Your physician will best be able to answer this question, but we can also recommend compounded topical formulations musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries like sprains or strains, neuropathic pain, arthritis, and post-surgical pain.
If you have a specific area that you want to target for pain relief, and you wonder if a compounded cream could work, discuss your questions with your physician and then come see us. We’re also available to answer your questions at our location in Meridian.