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Pain Management Compounding

The Compounding Solution
Struggling through chronic pain or the side effects of pain medication does not have to be a daily activity. Pharmacy compounding offers patients customized options for pain medication. Compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. It provides valuable benefits to those for whom pain management has become a way of life. Every individual is unique, and the types of pain experienced can be equally diverse. By working with a compounding pharmacist, your healthcare provider can prescribe treatments tailored specifically for your pain management needs.

Alternate Dosage Forms
Such dosage forms may bypass the gastrointestinal tract, providing optimal results with less GI irritation. These dosage forms also help patients who have difficulty swallowing pills, removing yet another source of aggravation. Some have difficulty taking the medication in its commercially available form. Pharmacy compounding can provide alternate methods of delivery to make the process easier. Instead of a capsule or tablet, pain medications often can be compounded as a topical gel, cream, foam, or spray that can be applied directly to the site of the pain and absorbed through the skin. They also may be available in the form of a custom-flavored troche that dissolves under the tongue, a nasal spray, or a suppository.

Combined Formulations
Some chronic pain sufferers are placed on a variety of medications to help address the symptoms associated with the disease. On many occasions, these multiple products can be combined into a single dose of a specially prepared compound that combines the medications into a single capsule or topical preparation, providing greater convenience for the patient.

Strength Variations
Because patients vary in size, symptoms, and pain tolerance, commercially available medications sometimes may not provide the appropriate dosage strength for an individual patient. Through compounding, a healthcare provider and pharmacist can customize the dosage to the exact amount the patient requires, and find a dosage form that best suits the patient’s needs. Pain can be debilitating, whether it’s acute muscle or nerve pain resulting from an accident, or a chronic condition such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Pharmacy compounding may help improve a patient’s quality of life by providing relief with potentially fewer side effects and less overall medication.

Information courtesy of PCCA, our independent compounding resource.