CHILDREN AND COMPOUNDING

In past articles, we have already commented how compounding techniques can be of great help when it comes to our children. More specific doses, simpler application forms for them, more tolerable flavors; in short, the possibilities are many. Photo: Inhealth Compounding This time we will be talking specifically about Chloral Hydrate. Chloral hydrate is the most used sedative in children, particularly in diagnostic procedures that require the young patient be immobile; especially with the smallest, between 1 to 3 years old. It is also considered the oldest hypnotic. Its widely used in pediatric services and its pharmacological properties are many. Its route of administration can be oral or rectal. It is rapidly absorbed and metabolized in the liver, erythrocytes, and kidneys to trichloroethanol (active) and trichloroacetic acid (inactive). The protein binding of the active metabolite is 70-80% and the half-life in the system, from four to twelve [...]

BENEFITS OF HORMONE THERAPHY FOR MEN

Recently, we discussed Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women; a rather well know topic. Today, we’d like to talk about Hormone Replacement Therapy, but this time, specifically for men. What does it entail? What benefits can it bring to a patient? First off, what is testosterone? Testosterone is a hormone that is produced mainly in the testicles. It helps maintain different functions in men, such as: Bone density Fat distribution Strength and muscle mass Body and facial hair Production of red blood cells Sexual desire Sperm production Testosterone levels usually reach their peak during adolescence and the first years of adulthood. As you get older, testosterone levels decrease progressively; usually about 1 percent a year after 30 or 40 years. In older men, it is important to determine whether a low testosterone level is simply due to a normal age decrease or if it is due to disease (hypogonadism). Symptoms [...]

LET’S TALK ABOUT MENOPAUSE

While some women are very candid when speaking about menopause and all its well know symptoms (the most commonly and comically portrayed: the hot flashes, dryness, dryness, trouble sleeping, etc.), some are still shy about discussing it, even with their doctors. So, very quickly, let’s review the most commons symptoms or signs of menopause: Missed periods Hot flashes Weight gain Sleep Deprivation Vaginal dryness Mood Swings Sore breasts Chronic headaches Decreased sex drive Incontinence Night Sweats Memory problems Chronic Urinary tract infections Changes to skin and hair Increased risk of other diseases   Photo: Medical News Today   It really does sound pretty terrifying! But it doesn’t have to be. As many experts, studies and credible sources of information have noted, Hormone Therapy can be beneficial for women below the age of 60 and close proximity to the onset of menopause (within 10 years); it can lower [...]

TRADITIONAL PHARMACY VS. COMPOUNDING PHARMACY: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

You might have heard about a compounding pharmacy and wondered what exactly it was all about. Or this could be the first time you are hearing the term. We are here to help you understand the difference and how you can benefit from these services. First off, we not only provide such services, but we care about our patients. This allows us to understand your special needs. So, what exactly is Compounding? Compounding is both an art and a science. It could be described as an artisanal way of creating personalized medications. Compounded medications are made based on a practitioner’s prescription, in which individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs. So, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach [...]

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