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How Does Drug Compounding Put Users at Risk?

How Does Drug Compounding Put Users at Risk?Compounding pharmacies create specialized medications by mixing drugs and raw ingredients. There are several potential reasons for compounding including the following:

  • Decrease dosage for patients who cannot tolerate regular strength
  • Change the drug form for easier consumption, e.g. tablets to liquid
  • Remove elements like gluten and color dyes for allergen-free medication
  • Replicate drugs that are in short supply or no longer manufactured

Despite these legitimate uses, compounding pharmacies are essentially drug manufacturers without the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety checks. The lack of oversight can put patients at risk. Des Moines residents should learn about the benefits and risks of drug compounding before consuming legally or illegally compounded drugs.

Dangers of Compound Drugs for Des Moines Residents

There are several potential dangers with drug compounding including the following:

  • Inclusion of drugs pulled from the market for being unsafe or ineffective
  • Elements that are not FDA-approved or from an FDA-registered facility
  • Raw materials obtained from unregulated foreign suppliers
  • Compounding practices that produce sub- or super-potent dosage
  • Contaminated mixes caused by unclean facilities or poor execution
  • Internet pharmacies that sell compound product without consultation

Several pharmacies have been cited for copying readily available drugs, which they might sell at a lower cost. Likewise, some compound product imitates drugs that get users high. For example, when people purchase Xanax online without a prescription, they often receive a compound imitation and not the actual Pfizer-produced product. Des Moines residents should check the source of any prescription drugs they consume.

Drug Compounding Problems

The office of Congressman Edward Markey prepared a drug compounding report that it made public in late 2012. The findings include references to several problems including the following:

  • Injectable steroids from the New England Compounding Center caused an outbreak of fungal meningitis that killed at least 25 people in 18 states
  • FDA records show at least 23 more deaths associated with compound drugs and hundreds more who became ill
  • FDA-noted violations include using recalled/unapproved ingredients and poor manufacturing practices

The FDA website notes the following compounding concerns:

  • A 2003 report found that ten compound products out of 29 failed FDA tests in sampled facilities that accept online orders
  • A 2006 report on another study found that 12 compound products out of 36 samples failed FDA tests
  • Injectable products from different compounding pharmacies caused eye infections in 2011 and 2012 that lead to partial or total vision loss

Compound drugs come with a measure of uncertainty, and if the mix includes addictive substances, the user may develop an addiction.

Drug Addiction Signs

Warning signs differ according to the drug, but there are several common addiction symptoms such as the following:

  • Physical discomfort like nausea, headaches, diarrhea, constipation and vomiting
  • Body reactions like dramatic shifts in blood pressure, heart rate and overall mood
  • Mental effects like diminished decision making, memory lapses and amnesic events
  • Behavioral changes like social isolation, risk taking and obsessive drug procurement

If left untreated, a drug addiction can potentially result in organ failure, overdose and death. If you or a loved one in Des Moines is exhibiting these symptoms, seek medical or addiction treatment as soon as possible.

Professional Rehabilitation Treatment for Des Moines Addicts

Treatment facilities can help Des Moines addicts fight and overcome their addictions with several potential services including the following:

  • Medically supervised detox that minimizes withdrawal symptoms
  • Integrated care for co-occurring mental health issues and personality disorders
  • Counseling to address internal conflict, trauma and drug use triggers
  • Therapies to shape thoughts and feelings that affect behavior
  • Screenings and treatment for any drug-related physical ailments
  • Holistic options ranging from Eastern therapies to non-narcotic pain relief

Aftercare services generally include counseling and local support groups.

Drug Abuse Helpline

Call our toll-free helpline to speak with a counselor about addiction symptoms, treatment methods and rehab options. If you have health insurance, we can even check your policy for coverage. We are available to help 24 hours a day, so call now.