Reduce Pain With Compounded Medications
Pain shouldn’t keep you from living your life, and with compounded medications for pain, it won't.
Millions of Americans struggle with chronic, painful health conditions each year. Chronic pain can result in:
- a loss of independence
- time away from work
- and in some cases, complete disability for patients
It can occur as a result of injury or disease, and is disproportionately common in patients over the age of 65.
Thanks to decades of research, pharmacology now knows how to address the symptoms of conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, and diabetic neuropathy better than ever.
Options for Better Care
Most common pain medications contain one of the following:
- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- non-narcotic painkillers
- narcotic pain relievers
Though these drugs can be remarkably effective, patients can also experience side effects like drowsiness, itching, or gastrointestinal upset when taking them. Attempting to treat the pain without side effects while relying on only commercial medications can become a bit like arranging the pieces of a puzzle.
Compounding simplifies that puzzle, making it easier for patients to take their medication in whatever way works best for them. Rather than using a medication tailored to the general population, the pharmacist tailors the medication to the patient instead. Compounded medications for pain management can be made easier to use as directed by varying in the following factors:
- delivery method
- or even just in flavor
Addressing Special Patient Needs
When patients experience side effects like stomach irritation, intense drowsiness, lack of appetite, nausea, or itching, changing the formula even slightly can reduce these side effects. Delivery method changes include:
Topical medications deliver the same pain-killing medications you already take while reducing stomach upset and irritation.
Lozenges, sublingual liquids, nasal sprays, and suppositories make medications easier to take for patients struggling to swallow pills.
Compounded medications for pain also provides solutions for patients by combining multiple medications into one easy, effective dose.
As a patient, you’re more than just a number; you’re an individual with specialized medication needs. If you’re struggling with medication side effects, talk to your pharmacy care team. Through compounding, your pharmacist may make your medications easier to take and more effective for reducing your pain.