We customize medications for people and their pets. Do you have an allergy or sensitivity and need a medication with the problem-causing additive, such as gluten, a dye, lactose or alcohol? Perhaps you are vegan and want a medication in a capsule that is made from a plant source (since most capsules are made from gelatin that comes from animals). Maybe someone in your family has a skin condition that hasn’t responded to commercially available preparations. If anyone has problems swallowing or has a localized problem, transdermal creams or gels might help. And, we solve countless problems associated with medications for our furry friends.
If you are experiencing a side effect from a medication, or even having problems related to chemotherapy or radiation, often we can help.
A gluten-free diet can provide significant relief of symptoms associated with conditions such as celiac disease, seasonal allergies, and autoimmune disorders including thyroid disease. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, as well as in beer, some liquors, breading, croutons, stuffing, pasta, marinades, gravies and many processed foods such as deli meats which contain fillers. Gluten is also found in some medications, and products such as lip balms and mouthwashes. Simply soaking a dental appliance in a mouthwash containing gluten can make a sensitive person nauseous. It’s important to read labels, and sensitive individuals should check with the manufacturer regarding any product not labeled gluten-free. We can compound gluten-free medications, as well as preparations that are free of other problem-causing excipients such as dyes and lactose.
Anti-Aging Skin Care
Vibrant skin is a sign of health and vitality. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, and needs more care to prevent signs of aging, like blemishes and wrinkles. A balanced regimen of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing will help to retain a youthful appearance. Dirt, dust and makeup can clogs pores so proper cleansing is necessary. A good moisturizer is a top priority in an anti-aging skin care routine. Preparations that contain alpha hydroxy acids and retinoids help to reduce wrinkles, fine lines and give skin a more youthful appearance. Older skin should be exfoliated on a regular basis to remove dead skin cells and make your skin smoother and softer. Ask our pharmacist or your dermatology professional for more information, and we will work together with you and your doctor to customize the best preparations for your skin, to meet your specific needs.
Help for Radiation Proctitis
Along with killing cancer cells, radiation therapy may also damage cells that make up the lining of the intestines. Radiation enteritis or enteropathy typically begins in the second or third week of treatment and leads to abdominal pain and diarrhea in 75-90% of patients receiving radiation for prostate, rectal, pancreatic, colon, uterine or cervical cancer. Radiation proctitis is specific to the rectum, often causing fecal urgency with cramp-like rectal pain, and bloody stools. The first-line therapy for radiation proctitis with bleeding is sucralfate enemas, which often have a rapid and dramatic effect. Sucralfate provides a protective coating to protect the injured lining of the rectum. The effect of sucralfate enemas is superior to the commonly used therapy with steroids and 5-amino-salicylic acid. Sucralfate enemas are not commercially available but can be compounded by our pharmacy. Ask our pharmacist about other customized therapies to relieve side effects of cancer therapy.
Tips for Medicating Cats
Liquid medications are best administered to a cat by using an eyedropper or oral syringe and introducing the medication between the cheek and gums, or by slowly squirting the medication through the gap just behind their canine (long pointed) teeth where the tip of an oral syringe or eyedropper fits. Cradle the cat’s head with your hand placed under his neck, and give medication slowly in squirts, so that the cat has a chance to swallow. Small amounts of liquid, paste or gel can be placed on the nose or fur and will be ingested by a cat as he grooms. Our compounding pharmacist can help owners avoid cat fights by customizing medications in each cat’s favorite flavor. When applying transdermal medications, protective “exam” gloves should be worn by the owner to prevent transference of the medication. Because transdermal creams or gels are not intended for oral consumption, the gel should be applied to a hairless area not accessible to the pet (such as the skin on the inside of the ear) and rubbed in well.
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