Compound formulations can provide a customized solution for pain relief.
requires individualized therapy that takes into account the stage of the ailment or affliction, concurrent medical conditions and the characteristics of pain. Effective pain management also requires an initial pain assessment, an ongoing reassessment of the pain and an ongoing reassessment of effectiveness. Approximately 1 in 3 Canadians are living with chronic pain as a result of physical injury or disease. Effective pain management may include a wide variety of specialists such as physicians, pharmacists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopathic doctors and acupuncturists.
When using medicines to treat and manage pain relief administration routes play an important role. These routes include oral, rectal, transdermal, nasal, intravenous and intraspinal. If you are not getting the most effective pain relief from your choice of therapy, suffering from unwanted side effects and allergic reactions or just need an adjunct, a compounded prescription specifically tailored to your pain relief is available.
For example, when the oral route of administration of a medication is not effective, produces unwanted side effects or is contraindicated, a transdermal route that is applied right to the site or original injury site, the spinal column or trigger point location, can provide effective pain relief. If a specific dose is not available due to discontinuation or a manufacturer does not make that strength, a specific dosage form or strength can be made. There are creams made for neuropathy that contain anesthetics and nerve pain medication, with additives such as muscle relaxants.
These actives are compounded into hypoallergenic and highly tested bases for their effectiveness. These compounded prescriptions can only be made in a compounding pharmacy. The compounding pharmacy must have a trained, certified compounding pharmacist and the equipment to make these products. Remember, suffering and loss of quality of life associated with under-treatment of pain are important issues to address. Through effective communication and working together with your physician to discuss the many options available, compounding your pain medications in a strength or form designed specifically for you may be the answer.
Article by: Maria Musitano B.Sc.Pharm