Chronic Pain Management
It’s time to take chronic pain personally
Pain is the most common symptom for which people seek medical help. Acute pain can easily turn into chronic pain, which can be difficult to treat.
There are many commercially available pain relief medications that help with the chronic pain of conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, and other nerve and muscle pain, but they can also have unwanted side effects like drowsiness, dizziness or stomach irritation.
While many patients just accept these side effects as the cost of pain relief, there may be a better solution for them: pharmacy compounding.
The Compounding Solution
Compounding is the preparation of customized medication. It provides valuable benefits to many patients, including those for whom dealing with chronic pain has become a way of life. Because it’s personalized to the specific patient, compounded medication can treat symptoms while avoiding certain side effects. By working with a compounding pharmacist, your physician can prescribe treatments tailored specifically for your pain management needs.
Alternative Dosage Forms
Some have difficulty taking pain medications in their commercially available forms due to stomach irritation or other side effects. Compounding can provide alternative methods of delivery to make the process easier. Instead of a capsule or tablet, a topical gel, cream or spray can be compounded to be applied directly to the site Of the pain and absorbed through the skin. Also, dosage forms like nasal sprays, custom-flavored troches that dissolve under the tongue or suppositories are alternative possibilities.
Some chronic pain sufferers, such as patients with fibromyalgia, are placed on a variety Of medications — which means taking multiple drugs. Compounding can make it possible for these patients to get all their medications in a single preparation, which is much more convenient.
Because patients vary in size, symptoms and pain tolerance, commercially available medications sometimes may not provide the appropriate dosage strength for an individual patient. Through compounding, a physician and pharmacist can customize the dosage to the exact amount the patient requires and find a dosage form that best suits the patient’s needs. Pain can be debilitating, whether it’s acute muscle or nerve pain resulting from an accident, or a chronic condition such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Pharmacy compounding may help improve a patients quality Of life by providing relief with potentially fewer side effects and less overall medication.
Pain Management is a Team Effort
Start getting your life back today. A caring health care provider working closely with a compounding pharmacist can help you manage chronic pain. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about compound medications today.