What are compounding or compounded medications?
Compounding in pharmacies is the preparation of personalized medications for patients. This may be done for patients who cannot take commercially available medications due to allergies or other sensitivities or because the patient requires a specific dosage not available on the market. Compounding also allows pharmacists to tailor a drug to meet the particular needs of a patient, such as flavourings to make medicine easier to take.
This may be strange, but compounding has been used for centuries and constitutes today an integral part of pharmacy practice. Modern technology and advances in science have expanded the role of compounding, making it possible to prepare more complex medications and formulations.
The art and the science of compounding offer many benefits to patients. First, it provides access and supplies patients with medications that are currently not available or must be customized. Second, it allows for the customization of medicines to meet each patient’s unique needs. Finally, compounding can often save patients money by avoiding purchasing multiple commercially available products.
Compounding plays a vital role in treating a variety of diseases and disorders. For example, compounding can be used to prepare customized medications for patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other chronic conditions. In addition, compounding can be used to prepare specialized formulas for children and infants, who often require different dosages than adults.
Diclofenac vs Ketoprofen
Diclofenac and Ketoprofen are both nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Both are similar in multiple ways. They are both used to treat pain and inflammation. They both work by inhibiting the body’s production of prostaglandins, which are hormones that play a role in pain and inflammation.
However, there are some crucial differences between Diclofenac and Ketoprofen. Diclofenac is available as a pill, a topical gel, and an injection. Ketoprofen is only available as a pill. Diclofenac is also available in a lower-strength form (Diclofenac potassium) that is sometimes used for people who can’t tolerate the higher-strength form.
Diclofenac works more quickly than Ketoprofen, and it is more effective for pain that is not caused by inflammation. Ketoprofen is more effective for inflammation-related pain.
Diclofenac can cause gastrointestinal side effects like stomach pain, diarrhea, and constipation. These side effects are more common with the higher-strength form of Diclofenac. Ketoprofen can also cause gastrointestinal side effects, but they are less common.
Diclofenac can also cause dizziness, drowsiness, and headache. Ketoprofen is less likely to cause these side effects.
Finally, Diclofenac can interact with other medications, such as blood thinners and heart medications. Ketoprofen is less likely to interact with other medicines.
Overall, Diclofenac is more effective for pain that is not caused by inflammation, while Ketoprofen is more effective for inflammation-related pain.
Diclofenac can also cause more gastrointestinal side effects than Ketoprofen. However, Ketoprofen is less likely to cause dizziness, drowsiness, and headache.
Ketoprofen may not be suitable for people with certain medical conditions such as asthma, kidney disease, or high blood pressure. If you have any concerns, you should speak to your doctor before taking Ketoprofen.
Many doctors began with Diclofenac cream with their patients. If the patients still experience pain, doctors will switch the main medicinal ingredient of the compound to Ketoprofen.
Ogden Pharmacy can work with your doctor to determine the best compounded NSAID that may suit you, primarily for painkilling or inflammation. After compounding the NSAID, you can ask our pharmacist for your medications to be free delivered if you live in Calgary.