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Weight management has become an important aspect of an active and healthy lifestyle. As the obesity rates continue to rise, apart from nutrition and exercise, many factors play a role in weight management including several hormonal imbalances.

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We recognize the importance of using evidence-based methods and offer a range of compounding solutions for weight management:

Appetite Suppressants can be used to signal the brain of satiation and accelerate metabolism in obese patients.

Lipotropic agents / Vitamin Therapies – vitamins and amino acids can be use to stimulate the utilization of fat reserves as an energy source for weight management and to provide essential micronutrients at the same time. These include:

  • B12 injectables as a Cyanocobalamin or Methylcobalamin form.
  • Methionine, Inositol and Choline (MIC) injectables or MIC Combinations that contain amino acid Methionine and vitamins of the B family including Inositol and Choline. A combination of these components sits in utilization of body fat as an energy source and prevents the storage of excess energy as fat.
  • Pyridoxine (B6) Injection
    Vitamin B6 stimulates the thyroid gland and reduces the incidence of water retention in the body. In an event of limited calorie intake, Vitamin B6 helps in the conversion process of complex carbohydrates to glucose in order to maintain normal blood sugar. Vitamin B6 is a known coenzyme for more than 100 enzymes involved in metabolic reactions in the body.
  • Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin or Methylcobalamin)
  • L-Carnitine
  • Chromium
  • B-Complex
  • Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced by the placenta and is used as a weight management alternative by suppressing hunger, burning fat (not muscle) when combined with a very low-calorie diet and minimal exercise. It helps in retaining muscle mass, and can promote sustained weight loss over time. hCG can be used by both men and women for weight management. It can be provided as troches, sublingual drops, topical application and as an intra-muscular injection.
  • Deoxycholic acid is naturally produced in the body by intestinal flora. It is a lipotropic agent that helps in the emulsification of fats which are then absorbed in the intestinal cavity. It can be used to decrease submental fat under the chin and to target areas of stubborn fat especially after surgeries.
  • Phentermine
    Phentermine, a short form for “phenyl-tertiary-butylamine” is a suppressor of appetite and helps in weight reduction in obese patients when used in combination with exercise and diet.

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How does compounding work?

Compounding pharmacies can produce unique dosage forms based on patient preferences and/or restrictions. Examples include dye-free, preservative-free, alcohol-free, and/or sugar-free forms of medications.

Many compounds are specialized medication combinations or liquid or cream forms of products that are not otherwise commercially available.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Compounding?

In general, compounding is a practice in which a licensed pharmacist, upon a physicians’ prescription order, combines, mixes, or alters ingredients of a drug to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient.

A health care provider will prescribe a compounded drug when commercially available products do not meet your needs. Preparing a paste or suspension from crushed tablets is one example of compounding. Likewise, adding flavoring to medication is also compounding.

Is a prescription required?

Yes, a prescription order from a physician is required for the pharmacist to compound your medication to meet your specific needs.

Are compounded prescriptions covered by insurance?

Some health insurance plans cover compounded medications. Check with your insurance company to see if you have coverage. Many pharmacies are able to bill insurance companies directly for compounded medications. If unable to bill your insurance company, you may submit a claim form to your insurance company to reimburse you directly. Depending on the nature of the product, these medications may be just as affordable as your conventional prescriptions.

How does my medical provider play a role in compounding?

Many medical providers are aware of the practice of compounding, and they may work with your local compounding pharmacy to provide the right medication for you. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor today if you feel that a compounded prescription may be a better way to manage a health condition for you or your family member.

Does a compounding pharmacist have special training?

All pharmacists are taught in pharmacy school how to properly compound medications, and many compounding pharmacists have advanced training after pharmacy school graduation. Compounding pharmacists utilize their unique pharmacy skills, knowledge, and creativity to work with you and your prescriber to prepare medication in a dosage form that has been customized to your particular needs.

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