If you have lupus, you're likely no stranger to taking medication. Many lupus patients have to take multiple medications a day to ease their array of symptoms. If your condition makes taking medicine difficult, you may benefit from a pharmaceutical compounding service. Here are 3 ways it could help you.
Reduced Gastrointestinal Symptoms
The effects of lupus can be seen in any part of the body, and the gastrointestinal system is no exception. You may have noticed that you suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms, especially during a lupus 'flare'. Common issues include difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), acid reflux (known as GERD or GORD), and general pain or inflammation in your oesophagus and stomach. This can make taking medications difficult, particularly when you're given multiple different drugs in pill form.
With compounding services, you can get your medication in a form that's easier on your gastrointestinal system. Many people with lupus may prefer liquid medication, for example, as it's easier to swallow. Other possible forms include lollies you can suck on slowly and chewable or dissolvable tablets.
Less Frequent Dosages
Fatigue is one of the most common side effects of lupus, and almost every person with lupus will suffer from it on some level. When you're tired and feeling weak, it can be difficult to wake up multiple times throughout the day and night to take your medication. Many lupus patients find that they either forget to wake up and take it, or their fatigue gets worse as a result of interrupted sleep. A compounding pharmacist can alleviate this problem by formulating your medication into more precise dosages instead of the typical doses offered commercially. They may also be able to produce your pills in slow-release form that allows the medicine to gradually work in the body throughout the day without the need for follow-up doses.
Bypassing Allergies and Intolerance
Given that allergies occur as a result of an immune system response, it should come as no surprise that they're common in people with autoimmune disorders like lupus. If you experience a reaction to common food allergens like casein or lactose, fish oil or wheat, you may be unable to take many medications that could ease your condition. The same goes for those with allergies to some of the chemicals used in pharmaceutical production. With compounding services, you can get your medicine made without the use of foods, dyes, flavourings or other chemicals you're allergic to.