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.
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.
Bisphosphonates are a class of drugs commonly used to treat osteoporosis, and include alendronate, etidronate, risedronate, and zoledronic acid. Bisphosphonates are designed to slow or stop the bone loss that occurs during the body’s natural process that involves removal and replacement of bone tissue. In March 2010, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, reports suggested that if bisphosphonates are used for four or more years, they may actually impair bone quality and increase the risk of certain bone fractures. Two separate studies by researchers from the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and Columbia University Medical Center revealed data suggesting that long-term suppression of bone remodeling with bisphosphonates may alter the material properties of bone, potentially resulting in brittle bone and contributing to the risk of atypical fractures. Ask our pharmacist about other ways to improve bone density and treat osteoporosis.