Pain affects every individual in today’s fast paced life. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (2006), approximately 76 million people (1 in every 4 American) has suffered from pain that lasts 24 hours or longer.
Pain is usually classified into two types – Acute Pain and Chronic Pain. Acute Pain has a sudden onset and is sharp in nature. Acute pain will not last longer than 6 months and goes away when the underlying cause (illness or injury) of the pain is treated. Chronic pain is usually continuous in nature and will last beyond 6 months even after the probable cause (illness or injury) has healed.
Chronic pain is one of the primary reasons people seek medical care. It can have long lasting physical and emotional effects on an individual’s life, negatively impacting their work and personal life. There are various conditions that cause chronic pain such as:
- Cancer Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
Chronic pain management therapy requires a multi-faceted approach involving the patient, doctor and the pharmacist. Texas Star Pharmacy can provide custom compounding solutions to your pain management needs tailoring a formulation specifically for you based on the order from your doctor. Compounding also takes a different approach from commercially available formulations as different medications can be combined which can provide better pain relief as they work on different pain mechanisms thereby decreasing the pill burden on the patient.
Our compounding pharmacist can create formulations which are different from commercially available options. Compounded formulations such as topical gels, cream and foams can be used by patients sensitive to gastro-intestinal irritation from oral formulations such as capsules and tablets. Therefore, compounded formulations can be used for better pain management and to reduce undesirable adverse effects.
Compounded pain management therapy requires a prescription from your doctor. Please discuss with your doctor regarding the options available for your therapy or you can reach out to our pharmacist for more information.