The Relationship Between Compounding and Chronic Pain
How Does Someone Manage Chronic Pain?
One of the primary reasons patients in Oakville visit their pharmacist is for pain. Many doctors have a hard time finding a suitable treatment plan for people suffering from chronic pain. That is not to say that there aren’t medications that can’t effectively treat symptoms of nerve pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and migraines; however, these medications often come with unwanted side effects that can outweigh the benefits. Common side effects of pain medication include dizziness, drowsiness, difficulty swallowing pills, and upset stomach, to name just a few. The job of a compounding pharmacist is to provide the patient with all the benefits of these medications without any of the side effects.
How Can a Compounding Pharmacist Relieve Chronic Pain?
Dealing with intense physical pain on a daily basis can significantly limit one’s ability to participate in daily activities. Successful pain management is a compounding pharmacist’s goal when developing a treatment for the patient. Using their knowledge and experience, a compounding pharmacist will prepare specific medications to treat each individual patient.
I Hear that One of the Benefits of Compounding is Choosing the Dosage Form. What Does that Mean?
Oakville doctors generally prescribe oral medicines; however, many patients experience adverse side effects from ingesting their medication, such as severe stomach upset. For some, capsules are difficult to swallow. A compound pharmacist offers different forms of medicine to allow the patient to choose their method of intake. Depending on the prescription, you can select creams, sprays, gels (for topical solutions), suppositories, nasal sprays, and lozenges. Choosing the dosage form reduces the risk of side effects and maximizes the medicine’s efficacy.
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