There are pain relief medications that can be prescribed and are commercially available that help the symptoms associated with chronic conditions, but can also result in side effects such as stomach irritation, drowsiness, or dizziness. Rather than accepting these conditions as part of daily life, patients may find a better solution through pharmacy compounding.
Everyone experiences some kind of pain in their lives. Pain can be caused by a sports injury, headache, muscle strain, or traumatic injury. Some people live with chronic pain, and suffer on a daily basis. Acute pain can easily evolve into chronic pain, which then can become difficult to treat.
Forms of chronic pain include:
- Neuropathic pain
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Cancer pain
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy – a nerve disorder causing chronic burning pain
Personalized Pain Relief Through Compounding
Compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. It provides valuable benefits to those who struggle through chronic pain and want to avoid the side effects of pain medication.
Each person is unique, and the types of pain experienced can be equally diverse. By working with a compounding pharmacist, your healthcare provider can prescribe treatments tailored specifically for your pain management needs.
Successful long-term pain management requires rapid, flexible, and expert responses to the changing needs of the patient. Patients and their loved ones should never allow pain to continue due to concerns about “being a complainer,” medication-related side effects, or fear of addiction or loss of control. Effective pain management is best achieved by a team approach involving the patient, his/her family, and health care providers.
Alternate and Combined Dosage Forms
Some patients have difficulty taking pain medication in its commercially available form. Pharmacy compounding can provide alternate dosage forms to make the process easier. Instead of a capsule or tablet, pain medications often can be compounded as:
- A topical gel, cream or spray
- Sublingual (dissolves under the tongue) tablets or drops, oral capsules, a nasal spray, or a suppository
- Injectable sterile compounds
Some chronic pain sufferers are placed on a variety of medications to help address the symptoms associated with their condition. On many occasions, multiple medications can be combined into a single dose of a specially prepared compound that combines the medications into a single capsule or topical preparation, providing greater convenience for the patient.
Commercially available medications sometimes may not provide the appropriate dosage strength for an individual patient, since each patient has different requirements (different height, symptoms, pain tolerance). Through compounding, a prescriber and pharmacist can customize the dosage to the exact amount the patient requires.