Enjoy Life...Manage Your Pain

Everyone experiences some sort of pain in their lives, whether it's a stress-induced headache, sports strain or the result of an injury or accident. For some individuals, pain may be chronic in nature and they must deal with it on a daily basis.

Pain, which may interfere with the quality of one's life, is the most common symptom for which individuals seek medical help.

What begins as acute pain may easily can evolve into chronic pain, which can become difficult to treat. Many commonly prescribed, commercially available pain relief medications help the symptoms associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, and other nerve and muscle pain, but there may be side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness or stomach irritation. The patients taking these medications may come to accept the side effects as part of their daily life, but they may find a better solution through pharmacy compounding which offers personalized pain relief.


Struggling through chronic pain or the side effects of pain medication does not have to be a daily activity. Pharmacy compounding offers patients customized options for pain medication. Compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. It provides valuable benefits to those for whom pain management has become a way of life.

Every individual is unique, and the types of pain experienced can be equally diverse. By working with a compounding pharmacist, your healthcare provider can prescribe treatments tailored specifically for your pain management needs.

Alternative Forms of Medication

Many patients experience unpleasant side effects from taking pain medication such as stomach irritation or constipation. Some have difficulty taking the medication in its commercially available form, many find tablets difficult to swallow. Pharmacy compounding can provide alternate methods of delivery to make the process easier. Instead of a capsule or tablet, pain medications often can be compounded as dosage forms such as:

  • A topical gel, cream or spray form that can be applied directly to the site of the pain and absorbed through the skin.
  • A custom-flavored lozenge that dissolves under the tongue, a nasal spray, or a suppository.

Such dosage forms may bypass the gastrointestinal tract, providing optimal results with less GI irritation, and help patients who have difficulty swallowing pills, removing yet another source of aggravation.

A Combination of Formulations

Some chronic pain sufferers are placed on a variety of medications to help address the symptoms associated with their condition. In such cases, multiple medications may be combined into a single dose of a specially prepared compound that combines the medications into a single capsule or topical preparation, providing greater convenience for the patient.

Customized Medication Strength

Because patients vary in size, symptoms, and pain tolerance, commercially available medications sometimes may not provide the appropriate dosage strength for an individual patient. Through compounding, a prescriber and pharmacist can customize the dosage to the exact amount the patient requires, and find a dosage form that best suits the patient’s needs.

Pain can be debilitating, whether it’s acute muscle or nerve pain resulting from an accident, or a chronic condition such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Pharmacy compounding may help improve a patient’s quality of life by providing relief with potentially fewer side effects and less overall medication.