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How Compounding May Help with the Opioid Crisis

Opioids were traditionally prescribed for patients with terminal illnesses and after surgery. More recently, preparations containing oxycodone and hydrocodone have been prescribed for multiple conditions, even when other medications may be a better option. When pain is not adequately controlled, patients may take doses that are higher than prescribed, and continually seeking relief from pain can result in addition. Also, access to opioids that have been prescribed for friends or relatives is one of the problems fueling the opioid crisis. Transdermal compounded medications can be customized to include different types of drugs, in various dosage strengths, to meet each patient’s specific needs. Medications can be synergistic in combination, often allowing the dosage of individual drugs to be decreased, in turn reducing the potential for side effects.  If you or someone you know is living with chronic pain, contact our compounding pharmacists to discuss how we work together with physicians to solve medication problems.

References

J Opioid Manag. 2018 Jan/Feb;14(1):17-22.


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