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Compounding for MCAS

Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) is a chronic condition that involves over-activation of mast cells. MCAS manifests in a variety of symptoms that can come and go over time. This makes it hard to “pin down” a diagnosis for many patients, who sometimes struggle for years before finding a doctor who can help them.  MCAS may be more prevalent than we now realize because of this difficulty. For patients who…
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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Medications

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), sometimes also called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a neuro-inflammatory disorder characterized by chronic, intense pain. It is often caused by damage to nerves from an injury but there are cases where the cause is not known. The condition likely develops after an injury due to a dysfunction in the nervous systems, although there may be many factors that contribute to its development. The most…
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Sports Medicine Compounding

Athletes with different weights, metabolism, and dietary needs may require strengths and combinations of medications individualized to their needs. Multiple ingredients can be combined into one cream to treat different kinds of pain while minimizing the use of narcotics. While athletes can definitely benefit from sports medicine compounding, many of the treatments can also be used for anyone who is active and works out. Considerations for compounding for athletes are…
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Treating Lupus with Antimalarial Drugs

Lupus is a disorder that causes the immune system to target the body’s own tissues and organs leading to inflammation. Several drugs that initially were used to prevent or treat malaria are now also used for treating lupus including quinacrine, chloroquine, and hydroxychlorquine. These drugs treat lupus symptoms by mildly suppressing the immune system, which reduces inflammation throughout the body. What is Lupus? While the exact cause of lupus is…
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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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