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BLT Cream – Tips and Safety

Our benzocaine, lidocaine, tetracaine anesthetic cream is used by dermatologists and other healthcare professionals throughout the country. In the majority of cases this cream is applied correctly and there are no serious adverse effects. However, negligence does occur in some cases when proper precautions are not followed. It is important to understand BLT cream before using it on a patient and understand the symptoms of anesthetic toxicity. What is BLT…
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Numbing Cream for RF Microneedling

Radiofrequency microneedling, also called RF microneedling, has become increasingly popular with patients seeking skin rejuvenation. The treatment uses a combination of technologies that have been used individually for many years. When used together they are intended to have synergistic effects to increase collagen production and improve skin tone and texture. While not as painful as some more invasive treatments, RF microneedling still requires a numbing cream to get the best…
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How Do Topical Anesthetics for Dental Treatments Work?

One of the formulations we consistently receive requests for is high-powered topical anesthetic gels. There are numerous numbing gels used by dentists for numbing prior to routine dental care, oral surgery, and orthodontic procedures. How do numbing gels work though, and why are some formulations more effective than others? Anesthetics Designed for Topical Use A topical anesthetic is not just an injectable anesthetic applied without a needle. Unlike an injected…
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What is the Best Canker Sore Treatment?

Canker sores are a common complaint, with 80% of the population getting them at some point in their lives. In most cases they go away on their own and occur infrequently. For some individuals, however, they can become chronic. The best canker sore treatment is usually a compounded formulation with multiple effective ingredients. For both those who get an occasional sore and those that have them regularly, a compounded treatment…
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Topical Treatment for Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain requires different treatment than acute pain from an injury or inflammation. Pain from damaged nerves can be difficult to treat and will not respond to typical pain medications. While oral medications can be used to treat this type of pain, topical medications have been shown to be especially effective at reducing pain while minimizing systemic effects. The combinations and strengths needed to treat neuropathic pain are often not…
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Topical NSAIDs for Arthritis

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are frequently prescribed to treat arthritis pain and inflammation. When taken orally however, NSAIDs can lead to negative side effects including stomach upset, ulcers, and kidney and liver problems. Applying a medication on the skin directly to the area of pain limits the amount of the drug in the bloodstream compared to an oral medication. With customized topical NSAIDs made by a compounding pharmacy the systemic…
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What is the Best Numbing Cream for Laser Treatments?

As cosmetic laser treatments and injectables such as Botox and fillers have become more popular so has the use of topical anesthesia by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other doctors. Topical numbing creams like BLT cream make the experience of having an injectable or laser procedure more comfortable. When the patient finds that getting their injection or laser treatment is easy and painless, they are more likely to come back to…
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TAC 20 Gel

Product Spotlight: TAC 20 Gel

One of our popular compounds at Woodland Hills Compounding Pharmacy is our TAC 20. However, the name TAC 20 is not an accurate acronym for this dental anesthesia. The “TAC” used to stand for tetracaine, epinephrine (adrenaline), and cocaine and the product was used mostly in emergency rooms. Since the product no longer contains those exact ingredients we often call it TAC 20% alternate. Now, our specially compounded prescription TAC…
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Novocaine and Modern Dental Anesthesia

TAC 20 gel, Profound gel, and the Baddest Topical in Town are all compounded dental anesthesia products available to dentists from our pharmacy. There weren’t always so many options though. Painful teeth have always been a problem and there have been different methods throughout history to make their removal less painful. Usually it's much more painful to keep a tooth than to remove it. Herbs, flowers, and alcohol have been…
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