Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. Compounded medications are “made from scratch” – individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs.
Pain is associated with a wide range of injury and disease, and is sometimes the disease itself. Some conditions may have pain and associated symptoms arising from a discrete cause, such as postoperative pain or pain associated with a malignancy, or may be conditions in which pain constitutes the primary problem, such as neuropathic pains or headaches.
Millions suffer from acute or chronic pain every year and the effects of pain exact a tremendous cost on our country in health care expenditures, rehabilitation and lost worker productivity, as well as the emotional and financial burden it places on patients and their families. The costs of unrelieved pain can result in longer hospital stays, increased rates of re-hospitalization, increased outpatient visits, and decreased ability to function fully, leading to lost income and insurance coverage. As such, patients’ unrelieved chronic pain problems often result in an inability to work and thus maintain health insurance.
Why use a pain cream instead of a pain pill?
Topical pain and anti-inflammatory creams or gels reduce inflammation, pain, swelling and discomfort in localized areas without the typical side effects associated with non-steroidal therapy when taken by mouth. Topical medications are preferred to minimize side effects or problems like stomach upset and drug interactions.