Compounding Corticosteroids For Psoriasis

Compounding Corticosteroids For Psoriasis

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Create a Custom Compound for Psoriasis

People with psoriasis know that it is about more than itchy patches of skin. The inflamed areas burn and itch. Additionally, visible psoriasis leaves scaly red patches of skin and can be unsightly and embarrassing. At the Compounding Pharmacy of America, we understand the challenge of psoriasis. With an appropriate physician prescription, self-care, and targeted treatments, we can make compounding corticosteroids for psoriasis to improve your skin.

What Causes Psoriasis?

Psoriasis on elbow

The exact cause is unknown and the reasons for flares vary, depending on the individual, but we do know genetics and the immune system play major roles. Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease – symptoms present with changes in your body’s immune system.

Psoriasis rashes typically present on the outsides of the elbows, knees, and scalp but can appear anywhere on the body. Men and women get it at equal rates but it is more common in Caucasians than in other races.

Treating Psoriasis

DermatologistOnce a doctor has confirmed you have psoriasis, they will likely recommend one of several treatments. These include over the counter topical treatments (such as bath solutions and moisturizer), topical steroids, and prescription-strength corticosteroids.

Our pharmacy can offer a mix of the necessary prescriptions through compounding corticosteroids for psoriasis to better counteract the condition.

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Fight Psoriasis with Properly Potent Prescription

Prescription-strength corticosteroids are the most effective treatment for psoriasis, however; achieving the correct potency is important. Your doctor will prescribe different potencies for different areas of the body. For example, mid-strength formulations are for the extremities and torso, while lower-potency treatments are more appropriate for the delicate skin of the face or flexures. Breakouts on the neck may need sunscreen included in the formulation. High-potency corticosteroids are prescribed only for the tough skin of the hands and soles of the feet and should be used in two-week increments.

See the chart below to learn about the various types of steroids and their potencies.

Topical Steroids Potency Chart

Why Varying Potencies?

Corticosteroids are strong medicines. Two of the most common side effects of corticosteroid use are:

✔ cutaneous atrophy (thinning of the skin)
✔ tachyphylaxis (decreased effectiveness over time)

Your physician may frequently change doses and frequencies to mediate these effects. When compounding corticosteroids for psoriasis, because the medication is customized for the patient’s individuals needs, modifications to the dosage may be minimized.

Compounding Corticosteroids

Achieving the correct potency is only a piece of the puzzle. Appropriate psoriasis therapy requires addressing the inflammation and root cause of the rash.

In this regard, the Compounding Pharmacy of America can compound corticosteroids at various strengths.

For example, calcipotriene, a form of Vitamin D, helps slow the rapid skin cell growth associated with psoriasis. Studies have shown compounding calcipotriene with corticosteroids can markedly improve patient symptoms and quality of life.

We can also compound corticosteroids with vitamins, topical pain relievers and other mechanisms to maximize healing and promote remission. They may even be compounded together to reach a more exact potency, minimizing the need to frequently change prescriptions.

Topical Psoriasis Cream

Find the Right Custom Compound

If you’re tired of frequent trips to the doctor’s office and pharmacy, call on the Compounding Pharmacy of America. Talk to one of our team members to find out more about the custom compound that can more effectively address your psoriasis needs.


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About Matt Poteet, Pharm.D.

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. Read More About Matthew Poteet, PharmD