Recent advancements in topical formulations have resulted in preparations that may reduce inflammation and scar tissue, and can also help with healing of wounds, burns, and skin cuts or ulcerations. Depending on the problem, a preparation can be selected that will form a protective film over the skin, maintain a moist environment to optimize healy, or that contains glycosides and flavonoids with potential germicidal and anti-inflammatory properties. Medications can be added to novel proprietary bases to help reduce the buildup of scar tissue which may improve the appearance of old or new scars, keloids, or stretch marks (which can result from sudden weight gain or weight loss, as well as pregnancy). In addition, we can compound medications such as numbing creams, skin-whitening formulas, facial masks and acne preparations. Ask our pharmacist for more information.
Vitamin D levels may reduce risk of macular degeneration. According to a study done by the University at Buffalo in New York, higher concentrations of Vitamin D may be associated with a reduced likelihood of developing early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in women younger than 75 years of age. This is just one of the recent findings – other health benefits of maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin D include reduction in chronic pain and improvement in mood and memory. Recommended doses have recently increased, and patients should take supplements containing vitamin D3. Ask our pharmacist to help you select the vitamin D3 supplement that is best for you.
The ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. Laughter relieves physical tension and supports the immune system by decreasing stress hormones and boosting infection-fighting antibodies, protecting you from the damaging effects of stress. Humor and laughter can improvemood, enhance energy and diminish pain by triggering the release of endorphins. Laughter improves blood flow, which can help protect against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. Marlo Thomas says, “Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.” For more information about the benefits of laughter, visit www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm.
Problems with thick, ugly toenails? It is probably fungal nail – clinically known as onychomycosis. Traditionally, this problem has been treated with costly oral antifungal medications that require frequent laboratory monitoring due to potential liver toxicity, because it is difficult to penetrate the thick nail with topical antifungals. Good news! Studies have shown that when urea which softens the nail or penetrant enhancers are added, topical antifungal nail preparations have produced excellent results. Topical preparations typically produce higher drug levels at the application site but lower levels in the blood, and therefore fewer side effects compared to oral medications. A randomized, double-blind study showed that topical treatment of fungal nail using a combination of the antifungal medication fluconazole 1% and urea 40% was more effective (82.8%) than fluconazole alone (62.8%). Fluconazole was well tolerated and side effects were negligible.
Probiotics may reduce eczema (atopic dermatitis) in children. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria (“friendly germs”) that keep potentially harmful bacteria and yeast under control. Probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of atopic eczema in infants by as much as 50%. Probiotics may decrease gastrointestinal symptoms in children with eczema and may also reduce cow’s milk allergy and other allergic reactions during weaning from breastfeeding. In a new study, researchers randomly assigned 118 children ages 1-13 years to receive the probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum or placebo twice daily for 12 weeks. After 12 weeks, the researchers found that the average change in the atopic dermatitis score was significantly greater in the probiotics group than the placebo group. Furthermore, eosinophil count, which measures allergic reactions, was significantly lower at the end of the study in the probiotics group.
Shelton Pharmacy is a compounding pharmacy. But what is compounding?
Compounding is the process whereby licensed pharmacists, and certified technicians under their supervision, utilize scientific research in combination with innovative technology to carefully prepare customized medications to meet specific patient needs and solve medication problems. Compounding pharmacies help thousands of patients and practitioners by formulating medications that are not commercially available in the strength or dosage form that would be most beneficial for that particular patient. For example, we can compound topical and transdermal medications that can be used to treat local or systemic problems. Transdermal medications are highly requested for pain management, as well as for patients who are unable to take medications orally. Oral medications can be flavored for each patient and we can create dosage forms such as lollipops, and suppositories.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a class of medications that include ibuprofen (the active ingredient in Motrin® and Advil®), ketoprofen, diclofenac, and piroxicam. Topical NSAIDs (gels and creams) are widely used to treat acute musculoskeletal conditions due to their potential to provide pain relief without the side effects associated with these medications when they are taken orally. Researchers at the University of Oxford reviewed the medical databases for well designed studies in which topical NSAIDs were administered to adult patients with acute pain resulting from strains, sprains or sports or overuse-type injuries (twisted ankle, for instance). The analysis concluded: “Topical NSAIDs can provide good levels of pain relief, without the systemic adverse events associated with oral NSAIDs, when used to treat acute musculoskeletal conditions.”