Keeping It Simple: Exploring the Benefits of Custom Compounding Kits
Compounding custom medications is a hot area because so many patients are now demanding more personalized care. Compounding demands precision and care; this is how pharmaceutical professionals maintain the highest standards for purity, safety, and stability in their products. This doesn’t mean that custom compounding needs to be difficult, however. The availability of custom compounding kits makes creating personalized prescriptions simpler and easier to access.
Custom Compounding Kits
The first priority of any compounding pharmacist or doctor ordering compounded prescriptions is to maintain quality and safety. Custom compounding kits contain pre-measured ingredients that can be mixed in-office by medical professionals easily and without as much specialized equipment. These kits contain both naturally derived ingredients and pharmaceuticals, and can be used to produce both over the counter (OTC) medications and prescriptions.
Custom compounding kits can be used to create medications in capsule, tablet, or topical solution forms. They also include equipment needed in compounding, such as sterile mixing jars and stirrers. Topical kits typically include some sort of transdermal base that functions well with many different active pharmaceutical ingredients. For example, a kit may contain an oil-in-water base or emulsion that functions as a moisturizing cream.
Using Kits to Compound
Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxer used to treat muscle spasms and pain. Also called Flexeril or Amrix, this pharmaceutical is usually used for short term relief for pain caused by injuries, sprains, and strains. Doctors also prescribe cyclobenzaprine for patients with fibromyalgia. Kits containing cyclobenzaprine alone or both cyclobenzaprine and flurbiprofen, an NSAID similar to ibuprofen, are available to healthcare professionals.
Gabapentin is a commonly used pharmaceutical used to treat a variety of conditions. It can control and prevent seizures, treat restless legs syndrome (RLS), and treat nerve pain caused by neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and herpes zoster virus. Kits containing gabapentin alone are available for in-office compounding, as are kits that include gabapentin along with ketoprofen, an NSAID similar to ibuprofen, and lidocaine, a topical anesthetic used to treat pain. Other kits include gabapentin paired with ketoprofen and baclofen, a muscle relaxer used to treat pain and muscle spasms.
Ketoprofen kits are another commonly used custom item. Ketoprofen reduces levels of hormones responsible for pain and inflammation in the body. Ketoprofen is commonly used to treat inflammation and pain caused by arthritis. It is also sometimes prescribed to treat menstrual pain.
Medicated Specimen Collection kits are another useful in-office compounding option for healthcare professionals. These kits provide what physicians need for urinalysis testing and they are typically used in the care of urinary retention patients. These kits include furosemide, a diuretic used to treat congestive heart failure, edema, renal impairment, and hypertension. Medicated Specimen Collection kits also include sterile cups, specimen bags, and benzalkonium chloride towelettes.
Tramadol, also called Ultram, is a non-narcotic drug used to treat patients with severe pain, sometimes over the long term. It functions in the brain similarly to the way narcotic analgesics work, by modifying the way that your body perceives and responds to pain. Some kits include tramadol with gabapentin, menthol, and camphor. Menthol cools the skin while camphor relieves pain topically; together they are used to treat mild pain in joints and muscles. Taken with tramadol and gabapentin, they provide powerful long-term topical pain relief.
Itraconazole is an antifungal used to treat systemic and local fungal infections including candidiasis, blastomycosis, aspergillosis, histoplasmosis, and onychomycosis. Some kits contain itraconazole alone, while some pair it with phenytoin sodium. Phenytoin sodium is an antiarrhythmic and anticonvulsant used to prevent and treat seizures during neurosurgery, certain kinds of epilepsy, atrial fibrillation, and other cardiac arrhythmias.
Finally, surgery packs are also available for in-office compounding use. While each version is different, most contain some kind of topical pain relief ingredient along with treatments for prevention of scarring.
Custom compounding kits make creating customized prescriptions simple and cost-effective. The use of high-quality kits safely brings the combination of tried and true traditional remedies and modern pharmaceutical technology into the office of the healthcare professional.
Effective compounding uses modern technology and advanced knowledge of ancient remedies to provide unique solutions for personalized healthcare. Fortunately, you have the ability to purchase your products and receive information from a reliable source. For more about custom compounding kits and purchasing bulk APIs, please contact Pharmaceutica North America, your trusted compounding resource.