Sports Medicine Compounding
Make sure your active, healthy lifestyle stays that way.
Running backs for pro football teams rely upon topical compounds to help them recover from game aches. Major league pitchers recover from inflammation to the throwing shoulder more quickly due to topical agents prepared by compounding pharmacists working in conjunction with team healthcare providers. The secret they use to get back in the game is pharmacy compounding, and it’s available for everyone – not just the pros.
Whether you’re a workout enthusiast who needs to soothe aches and strains, a high school player recovering from a sports injury, or a weekend warrior trying to ease pain during the work week, compounding can provide serious benefits for every kind of athlete.
Sports medicine compounding – the best way to get back in the game.
Unique Athletes, Individual Medication
Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. In recent years, compounding has experienced a renaissance as modern technology and innovative techniques and research allow many healthcare providers to work with pharmacists to customize medications to provide their patients with the benefit of medications tailored specifically for certain needs.
Sports activities and fitness programs focus upon an athlete’s strengths and are customized to meet his or her individual needs. So why not do the same with medication needs?
- A compounding pharmacist may be able to combine various drugs into a single dosage form to combat nerve pain, customize topical antifungal medications, or formulate special preparations to heal blisters or calluses.
- Compounded sun block creams, lotions, and lip balms may help protect athletes participating in outdoor sports.
Working closely with both the athlete and a healthcare provider, compounding allows pharmacists to prepare medication in strengths and delivery systems that are just right for that particular athlete’s body, for the ultimate in therapy.
Just like a football player and a marathon runner require different training programs, their body types may require different amounts of medication to speed recovery or treat muscle pain. Yet commercially available products often come in a limited variety of strengths. Compounding offers a way to calibrate the exact amount of medication to a certain need and body type, resulting in more accurate dosing.
Unique Dosage Forms
Another important benefit is the compounding pharmacist’s ability to alter the delivery system of medications. Capsules and tablets taken orally must pass through a patient’s digestive tract before making their way into the system. For anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants and other medications, this can result in gastrointestinal side effects. Topical medications allow the drug to bypass the gastrointestinal tract and potentially minimize those side effects. A compounding pharmacist can prepare custom topical creams, transdermal gels or solutions that may not be commercially available. By treating the pain at its trigger point, relief and recovery can be strengthened.
Personalized prescription compounding may be just what you need to get back in action!
Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist today about the benefits of customized compounding for athletes like yourself or your family members.