As the “light of the home”, mothers bear the main responsibility of looking after everyone in the family. While this means empowerment to make decisions for the home, it requires great sacrifice and very long patience most of the time.
But even as they take care of everyone, moms too need some TLC. Sometimes amid their long checklist of things to be done daily, they forget — and we forget as well — that to be able to attend to others, they also need to be in the pink of health. With new and innovative technologies these days revolutionizing healthcare such as online consultations and services and even artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR), it has become easier to decide on the best healthcare approach for moms.
Outside of these, compounded medication is steadily gaining traction. This art of preparing personalized medicines tailored to the needs of an individual patient is certainly a growing health trend that moms can benefit from.
Why compounded medicines?
Compounded medicines can help address the common concerns of mothers such as stress, skin aging and other age-related diseases. Customized healthcare solutions, practices and medicines specifically target the root cause of the problem for better health and well-being.
In compounding medicines, a licensed pharmacist or physician mixes, combines or alters the ingredients of a drug to achieve the exact dosage and strength required by the patient. This practice not only removes ingredients such as dyes, lactose, sugar and preservatives but also ensures the right dosage is given. This means less risk of unwanted effects from preservatives and fillers, over-or under-dosage, which can be harmful especially for infants, pregnant women and the elderly.
Compounding medicines makes taking medication less stressful and complicated by creating alternative form factors such as candies, oral solutions, creams and lozenges. Combining compatible medicines into a single medication makes administration a lot easier. Compounding can likewise enhance the flavor profile of the medicine for better taste and easier ingestion. Further, it provides options for discontinued medication or supply shortages.
Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy (AIP), the pioneer in specialty compounding pharmacy in the Philippines licensed by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2014, is keen to continue creating high-quality compounded medication using state-of-the-art equipment and in collaboration with international pharmaceutical partners.
“We value moms and their needs. As the primary carer of the family, we understand that they often put their own health at the bottom of their priorities, always attending to others’ needs and even forgetting to take care of themselves. AIP offers online consultation services for busy, hard-working moms who might not have the time or have difficulty physically going to the doctor. This Mother’s Day, give them the gift of health and wellness that they truly deserve,” Sofy Lista, Managing Director at Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy shares.
Help moms manage stress better
Mothers deal with stress every day. Finances, conflicting schedules, work demands and hormonal imbalance due to changing bodily functions all contribute to stress. Just thinking of what to cook can be stressful sometimes. Meditation, exercise and relaxation techniques are good solutions, but other modern solutions might be beneficial for the long term.
AIP offers a holistic solution to stress with its Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) or the process of replicating hormones using natural resources. BHRT supplements the body with the hormones it lacks and can therefore increase the body’s core temperature and basal metabolic rate, reduce gall bladder activity, and improve mood, vision, energy, clarity of thought and overall well-being. This treatment can also normalize blood clot and vascular tone and strengthen the immune system.
Compounded BHRT can be customized to adapt to whatever hormonal imbalance mothers face. AIP compounds hormones such as melatonin, which regulates circadian rhythm and induces drowsiness for a sound sleep, and pregnenolone, which improves energy, vision and memory as well as libido. Undergoing BHRT for pregnenolone is also a good brain enhancer for those who are deficient in nutrients.
Help keep moms strong and alert
With everything on their plate, mothers are constantly exhausted and lack sleep, which can wreak havoc on their health. Nutraceuticals, combined with a healthy diet, can bolster their health and prevent diseases.
AIP’s compounded vitamin C solutions strengthen immunity by boosting the white blood cells and the body’s defense system. These supplements act as antioxidants, lower blood pressure, blood uric acid levels, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Compounded vitamin D regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and facilitates normal immune system function. It also enhances resistance against certain diseases.
Meanwhile, compounded zinc helps with cell growth, DNA synthesis and protein production. Besides reducing inflammation, it strengthens the immune system to fight age-related illnesses.
Help moms look good always
Who says skin care is only for young people who want to look their best on their IG posts? Moms also need pampering and care, especially after a long day of multitasking among work, chores and childcare.
Mothers are not immune to skin conditions such as allergies, acne, black- and whiteheads, and other age-related skin problems. Dark spots, fine wrinkles and rough skin are another set of challenges moms face.
AIP compounds medications for acne, whiteheads and blackheads with tretinoin. Compounded tretinoin works by speeding up the life cycle of the skin and replacing older skin with newer skin. This helps get rid of fine wrinkles, dark spots and rough skin.
AIP also compounds vitamin C serum, which has anti-aging nutrients to provide a smoother and brighter complexion. Vitamin C serum promotes collagen reproduction, hydration and antioxidants that reduce skin irritation.
Other treatments can be tailored to reduce or stop hair loss.
Beyond skin care, AIP offers compounded weight management medications to help moms stay looking and feeling good for the long haul. Its human chorionic gonadotropin(HCG) solution, which comes as part of an intensive diet plan called the HCG Diet, aids patients in shedding off pounds of collective weight.
Aside from this, they also offer other weight management compounded medications designed to treat obesity that may be related to diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
In addition to its growing range of compounded medicines and to complement these solutions, Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy addresses the other concerns of mothers – and women in general – through other initiatives. AIP will hold a virtual webinar on women sexual dysfunction called Compounding: Personalized Approach in the treatment of Women Sexual Dysfunction soon. This online event further aims to support women in discussing issues not often talked about and offer personalized solutions to their needs.