Pain Management

Pain Management Compounding

Chronic Pain can be a driving force preventing you from enjoying daily activities of everyday life including routine chores, sporting activities or even just simply walking. Struggling through chronic pain problems like arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine, headaches and nerve and muscle pain no longer have to be a part of your daily experience.

Leamington Wellness Pharmacy provides a proactive solution to pain management by offering compounding services that can be individualized and tailored to meet your needs without the unwanted side-effects of commonly prescribed medications. Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. There are varying types of pain, with multiple causes and each person responds to the pain they experience in multiple ways. Our pharmacist can work directly with your physician to tailor specifically for your pain management needs, therefore customized medication can be beneficial.  


Different from acute pain, which usually resolves quickly, chronic pain can persist for weeks, months, even years. Generally, it's diagnosed after three to six months. There is a "wind-up phenomenon" that causes untreated pain to get worse. Nerve fibers transmitting painful impulses to the brain become trained to deliver those signals better, making your pain feel more severe and lasting longer. In some cases, the pain comes and goes. Chronic pain conditions often affect older adults.

Chronic Pain Can Have Many Causes:
Chronic pain can result from an initial injury or infection, or from illness, but some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury.

Most Common Types of Chronic Pain:

  • General somatic pain is pain from the outer body – your skin and muscles
  • Visceral Pain is pain from your internal organs
  • Bone pain comes from bone cancer, osteoporosis, osteomyelitis or arthritis
  • Muscle Spasms (cramps) like a “charlie horse”.
  • Peripheral Neuropathy is pain arising in the nerves
  • Poor circulation, usually caused by tobacco use, diabetes, or autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Headaches, including migraines, tension, cluster headaches and headaches caused by sinusitis, neuralgia or brain tumors.

The Compounding Solution
Struggling through chronic pain or the side effects of pain medication does not have to be a daily activity. Pharmacy compounding offers patients customized options for pain medication. Compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. It provides valuable benefits to those for whom pain management has become a way of life.

Alternate Dosage Forms
Many patients experience stomach irritation or other unpleasant side effects from taking pain medication. Some have difficulty taking the medication in its commercially available form. Pharmacy compounding can provide alternate methods of delivery to make the process easier. Instead of a capsule or tablet, pain medications often can be compounded as dosage forms such as:

  • A topical gel, cream or spray form that can be applied directly to the site of the pain and absorbed through the skin.

  • A custom-flavoured troche that dissolves under the tongue, a nasal spray, or a suppository. Such dosage forms may bypass the gastrointestinal tract, providing optimal results with less GI irritation, and help patients who have difficulty swallowing pills, removing yet another source of aggravation.

Combined Formulations
Some chronic pain sufferers are placed on a variety of medications to help address the symptoms associated with their condition. On many occasions, multiple medications can be combined into a single dose of a specially prepared compound that combines the medications into a single capsule or topical preparation, providing greater convenience for the patient.

Strength Variations
Because patients vary in size, symptoms, and pain tolerance, commercially available medications sometimes may not provide the appropriate dosage strength for an individual patient. Through compounding, a prescriber and pharmacist can customize the dosage to the exact amount the patient requires, and find a dosage form that best suits the patient’s needs.

Pain can be debilitating, whether it’s acute muscle or nerve pain resulting from an accident, or a chronic condition such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Pharmacy compounding may help improve a patient’s quality of life by providing relief with potentially fewer side effects and less overall medication.

Contact us today at 519-322-4922 for more information on how we can custom compound medication for your needs. 

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