Do you or a loved one live with asthma? This chronic lung disease affects more than 25 million people in the United States and about seven million of them are children, according to the NHLBI (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute). The shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing of asthma symptoms need to be treated as soon as they are detected to avoid a full-blown asthma attack, which may require emergency treatment. Some asthma attacks can even be fatal.
Even though the risks to health can be substantial, asthma sufferers don’t always take their medication as directed. A review from the Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology has revealed that in many cases, less than half of patients are taking their medication as prescribed. This figure may point to an issue with the way the medication is being delivered.
If it is not easy and convenient for patients to take, then they simply are not going to use it as directed. Some people don’t like to take tablets because of their size or shape, or they simply have difficulty swallowing. Other people have issues with using inhalers or spacers to take their medication.
Compounding Pharmacists Offer Effective And Custom Solutions
Our compounding pharmacists know that many patients need something other than the standard ingredients, form or dose for their asthma medication. We can create a customized solution for whom the standard medication is not appropriate due to, for example, sensitivities to certain inactive ingredients in the preparation or because their ideal dose is in between two standard dose levels.
When delivery method is not ideal and is getting in the way of a patient taking his or her medication properly, a compounding pharmacist can offer beneficial alternatives. Oral medications can be offered in easier-to-swallow capsules or quick-dissolve formulas. If a patient is concerned about taste, the compounding pharmacist can prepare it in a pleasant-tasting liquid.
Not all medicine for asthma is taken orally, and when an inhaler or a spacer is presenting an issue for a patient, consulting with a compounding pharmacist to explore options like a nasal spray is a smart and helpful idea.
We can help you and your doctor find an asthma medication compounding solution that works for you.
Chief Operating Officer, The Compounding Pharmacy of America
Matthew Poteet, Pharm.D. graduated with Honors from Lee University with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Science. After his undergraduate training, he completed the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy, graduating in 2004. Dr. Poteet has spent much of his pharmacy career on staff at two of the most prestigious academic teaching hospitals in the Southeast; Emory University in Atlanta and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. At these institutions he received extensive experience and training in sterile products compounding.
He returned home to East Tennessee in 2010, where he has held the position of Pharmacy Director at two sterile products pharmacies in Knoxville. Matthew lives in Knoxville with his wife, Chris. Dr. Poteet is Tennessee’s first Board Certified Anti-Aging Pharmacist by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.