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Athletes especially in the field of competitive sports such as Cricket or Rugby rely upon topical compounds to help them recover from game aches. They 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 workweek, compounding can provide serious benefits for every kind of athlete.
Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customised 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 customise 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 customised 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, customise topical anti-fungal 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.
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 non-inflammatory, muscle relaxants and other medications, this can result in gastrointestinal side effects. Topical medications allow the drug to bypass the gastrointestinal tract and potentially minimise 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.
Personalised prescription compounding may be just what you need to get back in action!
Ask your healthcare provider or our pharmacist today about the benefits of customised compounding for athletes like yourself or your family members.