What type of doctors can write a prescription for compounded medications?
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A compounded medication is a drug that is currently not being made by a pharmaceutical company and therefore doesn’t have a brand name like other prescriptions you would normally fill at a pharmacy. These medications are not commercially available, hence the need for a compounding pharmacy to combine ingredients to create a medication that is customized for your specific needs. Medications--depending on the type--can be compounded into creams, liquids, capsules, troches, ointments, drops, suppositories, gels, and more. (Read more about reasons why a patient may need a compounded medication here.)

Compounded medications can only be filled with a written prescription from your physician.
Any doctor can write a prescription for a compounded medication, but the majority of these prescriptions usually come from:

  • Endocrinologists (hormone replacement therapy, endocrine disorders)
  • Dermatologists (skin)
  • Veterinarians (pets)
  • Pain specialists
  • Dentists (teeth)
  • Podiatrists (feet)
  • Gastroenterologists (digestive system)
  • Pediatricians (children)

There are a few local doctors we recommend in some of these fields - click here to see a few! In addition, Central Compounding Pharmacy currently works with many veterinary clinics in the Santa Monica and West Los Angeles area. Please stop in our pharmacy or call us at (310) 395-3294 if you would like any additional doctor recommendations!

 

Answers to Your Questions About CBD Oil
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We are now selling CBD oil at Central compounding Pharmacy in Santa Monica!

The following are a few common questions about CBD oil answered for you. If you'd like to purchase some CBD oil or have further questions, please stop in at our pharmacy today or give us a call at 310-395-3294!

Q: What does "CBD" stand for?
A: CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a natural substance obtained from hemp plants.

Q: What are the benefits of using CBD oil?
A: Evidence suggests that CBD can relieve pain and inflammation, reduce anxiety, help to fight cancer, treat neuropsychiatric and other mental health disorders, relieve nausea, and much more.

Q: How is CBD oil extracted from the industrial hemp?
A: Steam is used in the distillation and crystallization process.

Q: Is Hemp Oil and CBD Oil the same thing?
A: No, they are not the same thing. Hemp oil mostly consists of hemp stalk oil, and although this oil does contain naturally occurring CBD, the CBD is only one of nearly 80+ phytocannabinoids in hemp. (Read more about hemp oil here)

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Q: What is the proper way to use CBD oil?
A: Place the desired amount of CBD oil on the tongue, hold for 90 seconds and then swallow. The perfect dosage of CBD can vary greatly between people so it’s advisable to experiment with serving size to find the perfect dosage for you. The average dosage is one dropper but it may vary accordingly to your metabolism. As the product is safe, there is no upper limit and no side effect from taking too much. Shake the bottle before using. Keep refrigerated. If pregnant or lactating, consult with qualified medical practitioner before consuming.

Q: What percentage is the CBD strength in this oil?
A: We have 16% to 99.9% extractions available in our pharmacy. Raw, decarboxylates nano extraction (in syringes custom made) and crystallized. We are the only company that has CBD available to our growing customer base.

Q: What is the recommended dosage of CBD oil?
A: Start with the lowest dosage and increase milligrams as needed
3 drops is approximately 1mg of CBD in 0.5 oz bottle of 100mg CBD
2 drops is approximately 1mg of CBD in 0.5 oz bottle of 200mg CBD

Q: Is CBD Legal?
A: Yes. It is 100% legal because the CBD is extracted from industrial hemp.

Q: Will CBD Get Me High?
A: NO. There is <0.3% THC in our CBD Extracted Hemp Oils.

Q: Where can I get CBD oil?
A: We have several CBD oil (and hemp oil) extractions available in our pharmacy in Santa Monica, California. Please stop in at our pharmacy today at 2008 Wilshire Blvd or give us a call at 310-395-3294!


Available products, sizes, and pricing:

CBD Integrity CBD oil - 200mg: $64.00
CBD Integrity CBD oil - 500mg: $124.00 (save 23% by choosing the larger bottle!)
Thorne Hemp Oil Blend - 30 capsules: $60.00
Sagely Naturals Hemp CBD cream - 4 oz: $35.99, or 2 oz: $15.99
Sagely Naturals Hemp CBD spray - 2 oz:  $27.99
Sagely Naturals Hemp Headache CBD Roll On: .34 oz:  $29.99

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June Promotion: 20% Off Supplements!
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Take advantage of our incredible promotion this month to receive 20% off of any supplements you purchase at Central Compounding Pharmacy in the month of June when you spend $120 or more. This discount applies to ALL of our supplement lines!

Stop in at Central Compounding Pharmacy in Santa Monica today to check out our extensive lines of supplements available!

Central Compounding Pharmacy: Now open at 8:30am!!
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New Hours at Central Compounding Pharmacy

For our customers' convenience, starting June 1, 2018, we will now be opening a half hour earlier than in the past! Come on in to Central Compounding Pharmacy in Santa Monica now starting at 8:30am!

Overall, our official new hours are now Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.

We hope this earlier start time will be beneficial to many of our customers so that they have more time in the morning to shop, pick up medications, and drop off prescriptions!

A Wonderful and Positive Review for Central Pharmacy
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We always appreciate positive reviews from our happy customers at Central Compounding Pharmacy!

Thank you this time to "H.B." for the terrific review on Yelp recently! 

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I’ve been having my compounded prescriptions filled here for 10 years or so and in all that time had only one problem which was quickly and promptly resolved. The owner takes pride in this pharmacy and it shows. When there’s a supplement sale, woohoo! I only wish I lived closer, but having my prescriptions and supplements sent is worth the cost to have access to the kind of expertise here. I think they’re terrific.
— H. B.

If you are happy with our services here at Central Compounding Pharmacy, we would certainly appreciate you giving us a shout-out on Yelp as well!  And thank you as always for your patronage over the years!!

What is a Troche?
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With the rising popularity of Hormone Replacement Therapy in recent years, troches are becoming an important and convenient method of administering many different medications. One of the most popular uses for troches are natural hormone replacement therapies.

But what exactly is a troche and what are the benefits? 


What is a troche?

A troche is a small lozenge designed to dissolve between a person’s cheek and gum over a period of time; typically 30 minutes. As the troche dissolves in the patient’s mouth, the medication is absorbed through the oral mucosa and gradually  absorbs into the blood stream. Troches are commonly used to administer bioidentical hormones in a patient, and can be flavored to mask bitterness, if needed. Some of our most popular flavors are tangerine, vanilla, and peppermint.


What are some reasons a patient would benefit from using troches?

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Better absorption
When used in hormone replacement therapy, the hormones in a slowly dissolving troche are absorbed more gradually into the blood stream, resulting in physiologically natural hormone blood levels.

Problems swallowing pills
For individuals who have difficulty swallowing pills or capsules, compounding medication into a troche is an excellent alternative to receiving your medication orally.

Difficulty with creams
Since skin types can have extreme variations in thickness, water content, and fat content, the absorption of medicated creams and lotions through a person’s skin can be very unpredictable, especially at menopause. Placing medication into a troche is a superb alternate option.

Alternative to suppositories
Vaginal suppositories can be an effective option for medication delivery in hormone replacement, especially when the hormone is meant to be exposed directly to the tissue of the vaginal wall,  but there is little convenience to utilizing these over medicated troches when the goal end result is higher levels of hormones throughout the body. Some downsides to using vaginal suppositories include exposure to a partner during intercourse, lost medication from leaking, and lack of higher dosages.
 

Due to the many advantages in convenience, effectiveness, and consistency, we recommend troches as an alternative delivery system for hormone replacement therapy for both women and men.

For additional information about troches, please give us a call or stop in the pharmacy and talk to one of our highly trained compounding pharmacists!

5 Incredible Health Benefits of Curcumin (aka Turmeric) - and 20% OFF Curcumin Supplements!
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Arguably one of the most powerful herbs in existence at fighting disease, turmeric—with its renowned healing compound, curcumin—is mostly known for being the main spice used in curry. However, you may not have heard about just how incredibly beneficial this substance can be for your body and your brain.

Tumeric is a root herb that has been a huge part of Indian culture and foods for thousands of years. Curcumin is the most active of the four curcuminoids found in turmeric, and has been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and anticancer activities if consumed on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the curcumin content in turmeric is actually not that high—only around 3% by weight—so one of the best ways to get a higher dosage of this miraculous substance is to take a special curcumin supplement.

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****For the month of May only, Central Compounding Pharmacy is offering a 20% discount on all curcumin supplements!**** Some popular curcumin supplements we carry include Designs for Health’s “C3 Curcumin Complex” and “Curcum-Evail® Chewables”, Integrative Therapeutics’ “Curcumax”, and DaVinci Laboratories “Curcumin C3 Complex”.

 

There are innumerable benefits that come with the consumption of turmeric and curcumin.


Here are 5 amazing health benefits of curcumin:

1. Curcumin improves memory and attention – and can greatly help people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

According to a study recently conducted by UCLA researchers, taking curcumin twice daily greatly improved the memory and mood in people with mild, age-related memory loss. In memory tests, people who took curcumin improved by 28 percent, experienced significant improvements in their attention abilities, and also had mild improvements in their overall mood. Curcumin reduces brain inflammation, which has been linked to both Alzheimer’s disease and depression. This is why it has been suggested as a possible reason that senior citizens in India, where curcumin is a dietary staple, have a lower prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and better cognitive performance.

2. Curcumin fights inflammation in the body

Many common diseases today, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, Alzheimer’s, and chronic pain are all associated with inflammation in the body. Preventing and fighting chronic inflammation is extremely important in preventing and treating these diseases. Curcumin has incredible anti-inflammatory effects, fighting inflammation at the molecular level. One study evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that curcumin is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world - and can be more effective than aspirin and ibuprofen, but without the side effects!

3. Curcumin helps in the treatment of stomach ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and ulcerative colitis

Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases will often seek pain relief from corticosteroids, but over time these medications can damage the intestinal lining, actually making the condition worse! Instead, curcumin can be used to help to heal the gut and support the growth of probiotics (good bacteria), greatly improving and relieving painful symptoms. Patients who suffer from stomach ulcers may find relief with bioavailable curcumin, as it inhibits stomach acid secretion and the activity of pepsin. Finally, curcumin has also been effective in maintaining remission in patients with inactive ulcerative colitis.

4. Curcumin fights cancer and may prevent certain cancers

It has been shown that curcumin has incredible anticancer effects, helping the body naturally treat cancers including breast cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, and skin cancer. Curcumin has been shown to prevent the synthesis of a protein believed to play a role in the formation of tumors, reduce the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, destroy mutated cancer cells to prevent them from spreading, and induce programmed cell death in glioblastoma (malignant brain cancer), oral, T-cell lymphoma, bone, brain, and melanoma cancer cells.

5. Cucurmin can reduce depression symptoms

Curcumin may help promote emotional and psychological wellbeing and lower depression symptoms. Many common brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), but studies have shown that curcumin can actually increase these levels! In addition, research has shows that curcumin can promote the development of new cells in the hippocampus in chronically stressed rats, reduce depressive symptoms in patients with major depression, and enhance the effects of SSRIs and SNRI antidepressants in mice.

In conclusion, there are MANY incredible health benefits associated with curcumin. If you want to buy a turmeric/curcumin supplement, we recommend Designs for Health’s “C3 Curcumin Complex” and “Curcum-Evail® Chewables”, Integrative Therapeutics’ “Curcumax” and DaVinci Laboratories “Curcumin C3 Complex”.

For the entire month of May ONLY, Central Compounding Pharmacy is offering a 20% discount on all curcumin supplements! Give us a call or stop by for more information or to purchase some of these amazing supplements!

Pets and Marijuana: How Marijuana Can Harm Your Dog or Cat
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If you’re a pet owner and a marijuana consumer, you may have wondered if or how the substance could be harmful to your pet. Since nine states currently allow the recreational use of marijuana and another 29 states have legalized medical marijuana, the risk for marijuana toxicity in pets has increased significantly in recent years.

Marijuana toxicity can require hospitalization, so if you think your pet has ingested marijuana, it’s important you contact a veterinarian immediately!

Some of the negative affects of marijuana consumption in dogs include agitation, sedation, changes in breathing patterns, significant drop in body temperature, mental depression, sedation, and the risk of coma.

In the following video, Dr. Adam Eatroff of ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals explains common ways dogs gain exposure to marijuana, complications of marijuana toxicity, and treatment options for animals that have been exposed to marijuana.

April Promotion: 20% OFF on all supplements!
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Take advantage of our incredible promotion this month to receive 20% off of any supplements you purchase at Central Compounding Pharmacy in the month of April when you spend $150 or more. This discount applies to ALL of our supplement lines!

Perhaps you could use the discount towards our two new professional supplement lines now available at our pharmacy: Biotics Research and Standard Process. We are very excited about these new lines because they have some really unique formulations.

Stop in at Central Compounding Pharmacy to find out more information about these supplements, or read about Biotics Research supplements here and Standard Process supplements here.

7 Reasons Why a Patient May Need a Compounded Medication
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A compounded medication is a drug that is currently not being made by a pharmaceutical company and therefore doesn’t have a brand name like other prescriptions you would normally fill at a pharmacy. They are not commercially available, hence the need for a compounding pharmacy to combine ingredients to create a medication that is customized for your specific needs.

Compounding offers numerous advantages in medication compliance. For instance, the dosage can be more carefully controlled and can even be adjusted during the course of treatment. We can eliminate any unwanted components that may cause side effects or are unnecessary fillers and additives.

There are many reasons a patient may need a compounded medication. Here are seven examples:

  1. When an individual is allergic or sensitive to commercial products that contain dye, sugar, alcohol or lactose, we can solve the problem by compounding a customized dosage form which contains the needed medication but not the problem-causing additive.
     
  2. If a child or adult has trouble swallowing pills, the medication may be put into a liquid that can be taken by mouth, or could even be placed into a transdermal gel that can be rubbed into and absorbed by the skin.
     
  3. If a patient needs a reduced strength of medication or a special dosage that is currently unavailable commercially, we may be able to compound a custom medication for their individual requirements.
     
  4. For patients who must take a large number of medications every day, we sometimes are able to prepare special compounds containing more than one medication to simplify a confusing dosage schedule and reduce the potential for medication errors.
     
  5. For children who have difficulty taking prescriptions that have an unpleasant taste, we have a variety of flavors we could add to the medication and/or put the medication into a liquid that can be easily administered.
     
  6. If you have problems giving medicine to your pets, we can help by compounding the drug into a form and flavor that the animal will devour! Cats LOVE our “triple-fish” flavor!
     
  7. For our vegetarian customers, we also offer non-gelatin capsules… just ask for “Veggie Caps”!

Only a few select pharmacies have the equipment and highly trained staff needed to compound medications. Compounding requires specialized equipment, filtered ventilation,  bulk chemicals, and specially trained compounding pharmacists and technicians that most traditional pharmacies do not have. Our pharmacists here at Central Compounding Pharmacy in Santa Monica have received extensive training in modern compounding techniques and regularly attend continuing education seminars.

If you are looking to fill your compounded medication, please give us a call at 310-395-3294 or stop in at our compounding pharmacy in Santa Monica!