Chronic pain is one of life’s worst experiences. Imagine having to suffer through weeks, months or even years of severe pain, eating away your joy and zest for life on a daily basis. Uncontrolled pain, whether from arthritis or fibromyalgia, can severely affect your productivity as well as take the pleasure away from your life.
Chronic pain as detailed here may have many causes and therefore is far more complicated to treat than acute pain, which is sporadic and only lasts for a while. However, suffering through pain does not necessarily need to be a daily ordeal. Managing chronic pain can be done with the help of customized treatments that would suit your needs. This is where compounding pharmacies come in.
Compounding and Pain Management
Compounding is the creation of a specific pharmaceutical product that would fit the needs and requirements of a specific patient. To be able to do this, compounding pharmacists like those at Trinity Pharmacy process and combine medications and key ingredients using various tools and methods. Compounding is especially friendly for patients who suffer from chronic pain because they customize medications that can be directly applied to the affected areas. These are topical gels and solutions laced with the active ingredients, transdermally administered in order for the medication to be transmitted into the bloodstream as quickly as possible. The result is that immediate effects happen in a matter of seconds, compared to oral administration which takes the body to process a whole lot longer.
Key Ingredients That Alleviate Pain
A reputable compounding pharmacy has all the necessary key ingredients for pain alleviation. The great thing is that they can combine these key ingredients in smaller dosages, but when combined become more effective than when taken alone. The following are the ingredients that make more excellent pain management:
Clonidine though prescribed historically to treat high blood pressure it is now used in the treatment of some types of neuropathic pain. It works by stimulating receptors in the brain stem, reducing outflow from the central nervous system.
Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant. It affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of pain. It is used alone or in combination with other medications. It is commonly used orally to treat neuropathic pain.
Ketamine is an anesthetic medication. It acts at the NMDA receptor site for use in treating chronic pain.
Amitriptyline is in a group of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants. It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. While most noted for its use to treat depression, it is prescribed for many pain and pain-related conditions such as migraines, chronic pain, persistent pain following a shingles attack, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, diabetic peripheral neuropathy and neurological pain.
Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxant. It works by blocking nerve impulses (or pain sensations) that are sent to your brain. It is the well-studied drug for this application and it also has been used for treating fibromyalgia.
Baclofen is a muscle relaxer and an antispastic agent. It is used to treat spasms, pain, and stiffness.
Lidocaine is a local anesthetic (numbing) medication. It works by blocking nerve signals in your body. It is applied topically to numb the skin.
Through compounding, customized pain medications can be made that are surprisingly efficacious and quick to the draw. By using topical solutions, transdermal transmission makes pain relief immediate because now we can work directly on the affected areas. And by customizing the doses down to the last milligram it means that the patient gets exactly what he or she needs. That is the virtue of a compounding pharmacy, and it affords great pain management for sufferers who want to get back to their normal lives as soon as they can.