Help for Wounds, Scars & Stretch Marks

February 27, 2013

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.


Thick, Ugly Toenails?

February 6, 2013

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.

What is Compounding?

January 23, 2013

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.