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Unveiling the Difference: Compound Pharmacies vs. Pharmaceuticals

May 30, 2024

In the realm of healthcare, the term “pharmaceuticals” often conjures images of neatly packaged pills produced by large-scale manufacturers. However, there exists another avenue in the world of medicine: compound pharmacies. These pharmacies, often overlooked, play a pivotal role in tailoring medications to individual patient needs. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the nuanced differences between compound pharmacies and traditional pharmaceuticals, shedding light on their unique characteristics, benefits, and considerations. At Smith Rexall, we believe compounded medication is all about personalized medicine.  We approach patient care through the lens of the individual with unique healthcare concerns. Our expertise, combined with the latest ingredients, bases, and tech in pharmaceutics allows us to curate innovative, custom treatments to get patients back to doing what they love.  Smith Rexall’s vision is to provide safe, consistent, reliable and reproducible compounding medications that deliver real life-changing patient results. Compounding is a completely fresh take on the one-size-fits-all healthcare model.    Understanding Compound Pharmacies Compound pharmacies, also known as compounding pharmacies, specialize in creating customized medications for patients. Unlike mass-produced pharmaceuticals, compounded drugs are formulated and prepared on a case-by-case basis to meet specific patient requirements. This personalized approach allows for the adjustment of medication strength, dosage form, and even ingredient combinations to suit individual needs. The Art of Compounding At the heart of compound pharmacies lies the art of compounding. Pharmacists skilled in compounding possess the expertise to mix, blend, or alter medications according to precise specifications. This flexibility enables them to address various patient…

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nasal rinse as a natural sinusitis remedy


June 24, 2022

Let’s say you’re pretty sure you have a sinus infection. You’ve googled the symptoms and you can mark off pretty much all of them. Post nasal drip? Check. Stuffy or runny nose? Check. Tiredness? Check. Facial pressure? Check. Maybe you’re a few days in and you don’t want to go to the doctor just yet. So what do you do? You look for natural sinusitis remedies. Your searches yield plenty of results, and it seems like among them, a few remedies get mentioned more than others, like nasal rinses, supplements and vitamins, fluids, and essential oils. How can you tell which ones will be most effective for you without breaking the bank? You read on for helpful information about each of them. Causes of Sinus Infection The CDC says: “Sinus infections happen when fluid builds up in the air-filled pockets in the face (sinuses). This fluid buildup allows germs to grow. Viruses cause most sinus infections, but bacteria can cause some sinus infections.” So a number of things can cause swelling in your sinuses, including allergies, smoking, colds, viruses, a weakened immune system, or even structural problems in your nasal cavities. Regardless of the cause, though, the symptoms usually include: Symptoms of a Sinus Infection Common symptoms of a sinus infection (i.e., sinusitis) are: nasal congestion and/or discharge  loss of sense of smell mucus dripping down the throat from the nose tenderness or pressure under the eyes or on the bridge of the nose mild to severe pain in the…

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chamomile tea a natural anxiety remedy


June 13, 2022

We get it. Anxiety’s a pain. It’s a little more than the nervousness you might feel before, say, giving a public speech, and a little less than full-on panic. It might make you feel out of control and certainly adds a layer of difficulty and emotional fatigue to your everyday life. Thankfully, though, we’re here to help and you’ve got many DIY natural anxiety remedies at your disposal. It goes without saying that the best natural anxiety remedies are those that meet your specific needs, and finding those may take a little experimentation and time. The pursuit, however, is well worth the effort. Let us give you some ideas to guide you on your way. What is Anxiety? Anxiety itself is a normal and healthy emotion. According to the American Psychological Association, it’s defined by “feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” Your brain, in response to a stressful situation, gives your amygdala–two almond-shaped structures in its center–center stage, and the “fight-flight-freeze” response kicks off. This more primitive part of your brain thinks it gets to decide whether you “fight” against whatever stressed you out, “fly” away from it, or “freeze” until it passes. An anxiety disorder, on the other hand, happens when the duration or severity of the anxiety grows out of proportion to the original stressor or trigger. The symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), according to Medical News Today, can include: Restlessness, and a feeling of being “on-edge” Uncontrollable feelings of worry…

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menopause supplements


June 2, 2022

You’d think that, by now, someone would have written the conclusive manual on how to handle menopause. I mean, women around the world have experienced it for millenia, right? Some people have tried, like Dr. Christiane Northrup with her Wisdom of Menopause book. In fact, there are a lot of books on menopause. But no book exists that has all the answers for every woman. That’s because–you guessed it–-every woman is different, and so is the way they experience menopause and the way they handle it. For those who choose to supplement or even replace HRT with botanicals, they have plenty to choose from, like black cohosh and ginseng. But the combination you choose depends a lot on your particular “medley” of symptoms. And some might be more effective for you than they are for others. Finding the menopause supplements that work for you might take time, money, and experimentation, but they can help relieve your symptoms. Get the information you need so you can make your best choice! First, there are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to supplements: In general, the greater your intake of an herb or supplement, the higher the chance of druglike effects. In other words, some menopause supplements can cause side effects, particularly when dosage recommendations are exceeded. Some herbs, in fact, can interact with some drugs in a way that decreases their effectiveness. Your best bet is to at least stick to the dosing recommended on the bottle, if…

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how to better gut health


May 27, 2022

Poor gut health has a way of interfering with almost every aspect of your life, doesn’t it? You plan things, but then your stomach says “Nope. not today.” Or maybe you ate at a fancy restaurant yesterday, but then you were up all night with heartburn. But say you eat right. You might even be on a special diet, and it might even help. But your food options have become so limited that the fun of eating has disappeared. Fear not, though, and take heart! You might feel like your treatment choices are limited, but you’ve got plenty. Even if you don’t suffer from gut problems, you know you need to take care of your gut. Let’s get you feeling more like your normal self–or keeping you like your normal self– with these ways to better gut health. Options for Better Gut Health Shockingly, a 2020 study published in the journal Gastroenterology revealed that as much as 40 percent of people worldwide have gastrointestinal disorders. Although the range of disorders included in that percentage differed from country to country, the evidence is clear. A lot of people deal with a lot of stomach problems. These problems can include: Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Gastroparesis Constipation Hemorrhoids (internal or external) Anal fissures Perianal abscesses Anal fisulas Diverticular disease Colon polyps and cancer Colitis If you are someone with one of those diseases, or care for someone who has one, you know that getting symptoms under control means not…

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compounded vitamins for skin


May 24, 2022

The thing about skin is that it’s so easy to take for granted. That is, until something goes wrong. It’s easy to assume when you’re very young that your skin will remain smooth and wrinkle-free forever. And of course we all hope we’ll never get skin cancer. But problems as relatively simple as the fine lines that appear with aging, or as serious as skin cancer, do crop up. The reality is that it is a dynamic organ (did you know it replaces itself every 28 days?) that needs your love and support. Whether you need pharmaceutical skin treatments for problems you’ve already got, or vitamins for skin to strengthen it and prevent problems, we’ve got the info and products you need! VITAMINS FOR SKIN: YOUR BEST OPTIONS Skin, as it turns out, needs nutrients just as much as your innards do. And, conveniently, your innards benefit from most of the same nutrients as your skin. Vitamins that do double duty are: Vitamin A As an antioxidant, vitamin A plays a role in both skin health and immune system function, among other things. Scientists at the Medical University of Poland have shown that topical retinoids—vitamin A, in other words—can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production. They also improve skin elasticity and reduce sagging by helping to remove damaged skin fibers and form new blood vessels. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends vitamin A for acne, and authors and doctors at Healthline.com state that both…

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gut health and the thyroid


May 23, 2022

On the subject of weight loss, much has been written. On medical weight loss, less so. And on functional weight loss, even fewer words. Dr. Girish Kalva, though, seeks to change that. As a board-certified practitioner at Rising Health Specialty Clinic in Holladay, Utah, he specializes in functional weight loss. He’s helped his patients lose a combined 3,000 pounds. He has over 25 years of experience in prevention, nutrition education, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension—all part of his holistic approach to health. Dr. Girish believes that lifestyle changes are a crucial part of patient care. “I want everyone to move in the right direction by not just reading and listening but by implementing changes in their lives to see the difference it makes,” he explains. In a recent presentation to a group of Utah functional practitioners, he laid out his holistic, no-medications-allowed approach to medical weight loss. “The biggest burden on Western diseases is weight,” he says. “If you get the weight off, inflammation goes down. Once inflammation goes down, blood pressure goes down, sugars go down, etc., in most cases.” That’s why he focuses on weight loss first and foremost. And, whereas many weight loss programs start off with the elimination of certain obvious foods, he goes above and beyond. In his three-phase program, he asks his patients to start by eliminating some surprising things and making some replacements. PHASE 1: CLEAN THE GUT Get silver fillings removed Silver fillings are a mixture of silver and other metals dissolved with…

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sinus treatments nasal spray


May 18, 2022

Chances are you’ve never heard anyone call a sinus infection “fun.” Whether from a cold or Covid, the congestion alone can be at least annoying if not downright painful. You may have to deal with a runny nose, headaches, aching in your upper jaw, or even a fever or bad breath. Even if you know it’ll all pass at some point, you’re probably anxious for some symptom relief. Most of the time, you can get it with pain relievers, decongestants, and over-the-counter nasal rinses from your local pharmacy. Sometimes, though, if it’s really bad or goes on for too long, you’ve got to get your doctor involved. Get yourself informed about your options for sinus treatments before you go so you can avoid potentially harmful side effects. You are, after all, in the driver’s seat, even if your nose thinks it’s the boss right now. At-Home Sinus Treatments Before you go to the doctor, though, consider these at-home sinus treatments to stave off or relieve symptoms: Nasal Rinses The main way to relieve your symptoms is to reduce the inflammation in your nose and sinus areas. Nasal rinses do this by flushing away any excess mucus or irritants inside your nose. You’ll need a salt water solution you can make at home. Better yet, pick up a pre-made NeilMed Sinus Rinse in one of our stores. Special syringes, pots, or even suction mechanisms help to push the solution through your sinuses and flush out the bad stuff. Supplements Sinus infections,…

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May 12, 2022

In a perfect world, we’d all have immune systems that always kept us from getting sick and required no maintenance, right? But since our world is less than perfect, we’ve got to put forth the effort to support it. Our immune systems are complex networks made up of certain organs, cells, and glands in our bodies. The challenges to our immune systems abound–everything from Covid-19 to cancer. In the face of those things, you might be tempted to just take a multi-vitamin to cover all your bases and call it good. But educating yourself about specific ways to strengthen your immune system and which immune system vitamins are best is better. So what are your best options? Read on! What Exactly Is the Immune System? Did you know that your immune system is made up of no less than eight organs, glands, and types of cells? Collectively, they work to keep bacteria and viruses out or destroy them if they get in. They are: White blood cells They’re the army that searches for, attacks, and destroys germs that get in. And they either circulate in your bloodstream or live in certain tissues, waiting to be called into action. Lymph nodes Remember how your doctor usually feels your neck if you visit him or her for a possible infection? That’s because swollen, tender lymph nodes are a sign that your body is fighting an infection. Picture them bulging with immune cells that analyze any foreign invaders brought into your body. They’re…

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Man squeezing stress ball to get stress relief


April 20, 2022

Maybe you’re facing a pile of work at your job, or you’re stressed because your bills are mounting even as your ability to pay them diminishes. Many situations in life can cause us stress, from family or health difficulties to the stress of loneliness or isolation. And sometimes that stress sticks around and escalates into an anxiety or depression that doesn’t want to leave.  While you might be tempted to give in and let it have its way, we’re not going to let that happen!  We’re here to help, with the what’s-what about antidepressants and anxiety medications, and advice on the best stress relief supplements. You’ve got plenty of ways to get to a better place. Which Is Better: Medications or Supplements? You may wonder which is better for you: medications or supplements. Both have their pluses and minuses. The answer is that it depends on multiple factors, including your: Level of stress. Do you see it as circumstantially related and likely to decrease at some point? Or has it escalated into anxiety and influenced your ability to function? What other things are you doing to relieve stress? Medical history and other medications you might be taking. Some antidepressants used to treat anxiety may interact with other kinds of drugs, for example. Tolerance for potential drug side effects. Both medications and supplements can come with side effects. On the other hand, particular ones might prove ineffective for you. Preferences for natural or prescribed solutions. We respect whichever route you decide…

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