Long Covid Care and Recovery Consultation improved with a compounding pharmacy?

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to run its course, those who contracted the virus and survived did not necessarily come out from under the virus unscathed. At least one in five Americans who contracted the virus are now dealing with what is being called long Covid.  The symptoms can be debilitating, and no specific treatment has been discovered. Still, Michigan compounding pharmacists believe they may be able to help.

 

 

What is long Covid?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say that long Covid (what the CDC refers to as Post Covid Condition (PCC) is the long-term effect that some experience after being infected with the COVID-19 virus. The effects can lead to a variety of health issues that last for weeks, months, or even years. Among the health issues associated with PCC:

  • Fatigue
  • Fogginess or lack of mental acuity
  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Headache
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sleep problems
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Stomach pain
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Rash
  • Changes in menstrual cycles

Because the symptoms are varied, it is often difficult to diagnose, and hard to get answers regarding successful treatment. Pharmacist Scott Popyk, the founder of Health Dimensions Clinical Pharmacy, has worked with patients to improve their symptoms of PPC with nutritional products which can support the restoration of body processes disrupted by COVID. Too, if custom compounded medication could be appropriate, a recommendation can be made to the patient’s prescriber as well.

Regulation in the face of dysregulation

COVID-19 can disrupt the immune system, where this regulated system becomes dysregulated.  Immune system dysregulation can lead to an immune system that can’t control or restrain an immune response. Bringing the immune system back to better regulation could be an answer to issues with PPC.

“A nutritional strategy affects the immune system and helps create regulation where there is dysregulation,” says Popyk. “We can customize a nutritional regimen and/or make pharmaceutical recommendations for the physician that could be a potential benefit.”

Specialized treatment may be the answer to long Covid

Because the treatment is specific to an individual patient, Popyk says there is no one group of ingredients–nutrients, vitamins, medication–that is the right answer for every patient.

“This isn’t a recipe for everyone. Potential ingredients in any nutrient and pharmaceutical regimen need to be specific to the patient. The patient must be taken as an individual”

Among the possible parts of the regimen,  anti-oxidants, certain B vitamins, co-enzymes, Vitamin D, amino acids, and fish oil are included. In partnership with a prescribing physician, Popyk says these nutrients can be added to a treatment plan that includes pharmaceutical elements. Each treatment plan would be customized to a patient's specific needs and condition.

“If you’re not getting answers,“ says Popyk, “we can help. We can't guarantee anything, but I do know long Covid patients are struggling to find answers.”

 

Scott Popyk, RPH, MBA and Health Dimensions Clinical Pharmacy have been providing pharmaceutical and health solutions since 1996.  Health Dimensions is located in Michigan and serves states in the Great Lakes region. Health Dimensions Clinical Pharmacy was among the nation’s first compounding pharmacies to earn accreditation by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) of the Accreditation for Healthcare Commission (2006). Our mission is to partner with healthcare providers to provide service excellence, accuracy, and rapid response for improved patient outcomes.  To learn more about building a partnership, call Health Dimensions Clinical Pharmacy at (800) 836-2303.

 

 

 

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