Pain caused by an injury or chronic disease, such as arthritis, can diminish the quality of your life. While doctors often prescribe oral medications to treat pain, many of these drugs produce unpleasant side effects including dizziness, stomach irritation, nausea, vomiting, and constipation.
Some medications cause more serious adverse side effects like kidney and liver damage. The good news is compounding medicines can provide effective pain relief and still avoid the unwanted side effects that a variety of oral pain medications can cause.
Key Advantages of Compounded Pain Medications
Compounding pain medications allows pharmacists in the approximately 7,500 pharmacies in the U.S. that specialize in compounding services to customize medications to meet your individual needs. Besides reducing the chances of adverse drug interactions and producing formulations that are non-addictive, there are a number of other benefits compounded pain medications offer.
Fewer Side Effects
Don't let adverse side effects keep you from taking a medication that can give you pain relief. A compounding pharmacy can provide a medication that helps you manage your pain without added complications.
Compounding pharmacists are able to blend many pain medications that doctors recommend into transdermal creams and gels. This allows the medication you need to be absorbed through the skin rather than the gastrointestinal tract, preventing irritation of the lining of the stomach.
A compounded topical pain medication may also lead to the need for a smaller concentration of the medication. If the dose of a commercially-manufactured medication is not the right strength to treat your pain symptoms, pharmacy compounding is a way to customize the dosage to meet your particular needs. If you rely on an intrathecal pain pump to deliver medication, a compounding pharmacist will work with your treating physician in formulating the right dosage to manage your level of pain.
Method of Delivery
The ability to prepare medications in forms other than pills and capsules, as well as custom-prepare them in unique dosages are key advantages of compounding. Different kinds of pain require different kinds of treatment. Therefore, in some cases, the dosage and method of delivery can make a compounded medication more effective in treating chronic pain.
Targeted Pain Relief
Topical creams and gels target pain more effectively, providing localized relief. Compounding produces a medication that you can apply directly to the area of pain, delivering relief to pain receptors. While the medication is absorbed through the skin, it still makes its way into your bloodstream but at a slower rate than oral medications, helping to prevent side effects.
If you require several different pain medications to control your pain, a compounding pharmacist can combine multiple medications into a single dose, leading to better medication compliance. Medication noncompliance doesn't necessarily mean you don't want to take the medications your doctor prescribes. You may forget doses or not take the correct dosage at the prescribed times.
Types of Compounded Pain Medications
Although compounded pain management medications are available by prescription only, pain creams and gels formulated by compounding pharmacists include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), anesthetics, and muscle relaxants. Other customized combinations include vasodilators, anti-epileptic medications, and clonidine - a blood pressure medication doctors sometimes use to treat certain pain conditions.
Pain Syndromes That Benefit From Compounded Medications
Common pain syndromes that can benefit from compounded pain medications include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and lupus. Diabetic neuropathy, migraines, back pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome are other chronic pain conditions for which your doctor may prescribe a compounded pain medication.
Sometimes doctors recommend topical preparations of tricyclic antidepressants to treat neuropathic pain that may be resistant to other treatments. Other topical pain compounds help reduce local inflammation.
If you need relief from chronic or acute pain, talk to the compounding pharmacists at Harbin Pharmacy about customizing pain management medication to fit your individual needs.