Chronic pain can be the result of various problems such as back injury, fibromyalgia, cancer, diabetic neuropathy, arthritis, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, vulvodynia and amputation (phantom limb pain). Since the source of chronic pain is often quite complex, it can be very difficult to treat and may not respond to commercially available medications. Consequently, many people continue to suffer from unrelieved pain and/or endure side effects from high doses of drugs taken to relieve that pain. Our ability to compound customized medications opens up a whole new realm of possible solutions for our patients’ medication problems. Do you remember the first time you discovered that instead of just using the standard 8 colors of crayons, you could get 64 crayons in a whole rainbow of colors? Compounding is like that. Instead of being restricted to using commercially manufactured medications that are only available in a limited number of strengths and dosage forms, our compounding pharmacists can offer a vast array of options prepared specifically to meet your needs. Pain management is best achieved with a team approach and often requires a combination of drugs that work in different ways to relieve pain. Transdermal gels or creams are often beneficial when oral medications don’t work. Transdermal medications often have fewer side effects than when the same drugs is taken by some other route (i.e. orally, by injection, rectally, etc.). Suppositories may also be helpful for patients with pain who also have nausea and/or vomiting, or are unable to take food or medicine by mouth.
We work together with patients and their healthcare provider to customize individualized treatments to relieve chronic pain.
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