A compounded pain cream is just like any other topical pain cream. It targets a specific area and treats the pain. But here is where the similarity ends. It is different in many ways from a commercially produced pain cream. First of all, it is available in customizable formulations. This means that you get to avoid many of the complications that other pain management and treatment options have. It provides a convenient and effective solution with potentially less harmful side effects. To put it simply, when you apply a compounded cream to the target area, it may block the pain at the nerve source. Compounding pharmacists only use ingredients that are prescribed by the doctors and create customized solutions for the patients.
Compounded pain creams are manufactured to deliver a high concentration of the medicine directly to the affected area for immediate relief. The compounded pharmacists work closely with you and your doctor to determine your unique needs and formulate custom medication for you. You get the benefits of personalized treatment, precise formulation and dosage, and even combined effects of multiple ingredients.
Fewer Side Effects and Interactions
As the compounded pain creams are meant for topical use, they have less systemic absorption. If you take other medications, there are fewer chances of your compounded pain cream interacting with them. Also, as we know about opioids and their addiction, there is virtually no risk of you getting addicted to your compounded pain cream.
Another reason to go for a compounded pain cream instead of the alternatives is that a pain cream improves patient compliance. For example, if your doctor prescribes a pill for your pain, you might not find the proper dosage and have to resort to breaking the pill to get it right every time. You won’t face this problem with a compounded pain cream. The compounding pharmacist considers the doctor’s prescription and your needs and creates a compounded pain cream that is the exact dosage and combination of drugs that you require. Also, when you take a tablet or a pill, some get lost while going through the digestion process. This lessens the efficacy of the treatment. A topical pain solution is only applied to the target area and delivers the right amount of concentration of the drug. There is also the problem of patients feeling anxiety and stress over the anticipated side effects from oral or injectable medications. These could be minor, like nausea and dizziness, or major. Creams may be more tolerable and easier to apply.
A Combination of Medicines
Compounding pharmacists are known to combine multiple medications into the same cream. So, you won’t have to worry about applying or taking multiple drugs at the same time. You get convenience and save your time. It also exempts you from the dilemma of, “Did I take this medicine or not?” Instead of multiple doses, multiple times a day, you just have to use one cream, and you’re done. It really helps you out if you are trying to be discrete and don’t want others to know about your ailment.
Combining multiple agents into the same cream delivers convenience and increases the effectiveness of the treatment. For example, when we talk about pain creams, they could also have a numbing agent to relieve inflammation and other symptoms. A compounded pain cream could also include steroids and antibiotics to cure infections and quicken the relief process.
There are certain problems and ailments where a compounded cream shows better results than its counterparts. For example, if you want the treatment for menopause, vaginal dryness, or atrophied vaginal tissues, a compounded pain cream can provide faster improvement as it is applied directly to the target area. If you are taking a pill for that, the reduced bioavailability due to digestion might not give you as quick relief.
Another benefit of using a compounded pain cream instead of its counterpart is that the cream usually contains a moisturizing base, or you could ask for one when you go to your compounding pharmacy. When you apply that cream to your skin, it not only provides quick relief and convenience, it can also take care of redness, itching, irritation, and dryness. For people who have allergies or are sensitive, this is a huge benefit that they won’t get with any other form of treatment. It is especially true for patients who suffer from skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and more.
Putting the Patient First
Every patient is unique. Every patient has different needs. Also, they have different sizes, weights, allergies, symptoms, and pain tolerance levels. It’s not every time that an over the counter drug will match every patient’s needs. Also, recent research has shown that different types of skins have different rates of absorption. Depending on all of these factors, and more, a compounding pharmacist works with your doctors and uses the ingredients that absorb quickly, depending on your skin type, and delivers relief.
Some of the ingredients that can be added to compounded creams for better and quicker relief are:
- Muscle Relaxants
- Pain Blockers
- Non-steroidal Antiinflammatories
- Nerve Agents
- Other pain medications
Compounded pain management reams provide customized solutions that offer relief, convenience, and more. Compounding pharmacists are highly experienced in formulating the correct dosage, unique for each patient. Want to know more about compounding? Contact our experts any time you want. They are more than willing to help you out and guide you.
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