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Gastrointestinal Compounding

There are many illnesses that affect the gastrointestinal tract (digestive system) in children, adults and even our pets. One of our goals at Nature’s Pharmacy and Compounding Center is to individualize treatments to be beneficial to all patients. At Nature’s Pharmacy, we make specially formulated medications to treat many gastrointestinal conditions including, but not limited to:

Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis is a disorder that causes decreased movement through the digestive tract. This condition is common in patients with diabetes and is called diabetic gastroparesis. There are limited commercial prescription products on the market for gastroparesis and not all medications work the same for all patients. At Nature’s Pharmacy we make an oral product that is not available commercially, but has been found to be beneficial for increasing movement throughout the digestive tract. If you or a loved one suffers from gastroparesis, talk to your doctor about alternative products. Our pharmacists are always glad to provide information to patients or physicians about our unique products.

Some animals, including cats and dogs, can have similar issues with movement throughout the digestive system. We can specially compound a medication for veterinary use that will help to normalize bowel movements of the animal.

Gastro-Esophogeal Reflux Disease and ulcer prevention

Many children and adults suffer from gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is caused by stomach acid spilling back up into the esophagus. While there are many commercial products available on the market for this issue, they are not all available in a liquid form and they are sometimes bitter. At Nature’s Pharmacy, we can make flavored liquid suspensions using the same active ingredients found in the commercially available pills. These liquids are a great alternative for patients who cannot swallow pills.

Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is inflammation of the digestive tract. The two types are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Some of the commercial products available are not well-tolerated. We can compound the same medications into a flavored liquid, so it is more palatable to the patient. Often times, our compounded formulations are less expensive than some of the commercial products, making it more affordable for the patient.

Anal fissures

Anal fissures (a tear in the lining of the anus) are quite painful and uncomfortable, interfering with the tasks of daily life. At Nature’s Pharmacy, we make a number of creams and ointments that relieve pressure, treat pain, and promote healing of the wound.

Diaper rash

Many babies suffer from diaper rash and the parents struggle to find an effective product to treat and prevent it. We formulate special topical creams and ointments designed to help solve this pediatric condition. The ingredients in these products create a barrier to protect the skin from further irritation, treat infection, decrease inflammation, and help neutralize the acidity of the feces.

Oral thrush

People of all ages can be affected by oral thrush, which is a fungal infection in the mouth. Symptoms usually include: mouth pain, difficulty swallowing, and white patches on the inside of the mouth. At Nature’s Pharmacy, we compound a variety of relatively inexpensive solutions that treat the fungal infection, decrease inflammation and relieve the pain associated with this condition.

Infections

Many antibiotics are only available in solid dosage forms, but for patients that have difficulty swallowing, we are able to compound most antibiotics into a liquid suspension and flavor it that it is more palatable for the patient.

Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is a serious infection of the digestive tract that causes inflammation of the colon. Symptoms include: foul smelling diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and loss of appetite. The treatment for C.diff is to give antibiotics by mouth. The most commonly prescribed antibiotic is commercially available only as a capsule. We can compound a deliciously flavored liquid form that is less expensive than the capsule.

Burning mouth syndrome and mouth sores

Burning mouth syndrome and mouth sores are common oral issues that can cause pain and a burning sensation throughout the mouth, numbness of the tongue, sores in the mouth, dry mouth, and altered taste. Our specially formulated solutions can help provide relief of symptoms and ease the frustration associated with these issues.

We can custom-make medications into a variety of dosage forms such as liquids for patients that cannot swallow pills or patients with feeding tubes. We can flavor medications specifically to satisfy the patients’ tastes. We also have the equipment and skills to make capsules, enemas, suppositories, creams, and ointments. Our goal at Nature’s Pharmacy is to increase patient compliance and provide the most appropriate therapy to each individual patient.

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