Drug Compounding Pharmacy Specialists
With a local history that traces back to the late 1800s, Columbine Drug Compounding Pharmacy has made a name for itself as a community oriented business. The pharmacy, purchased in 2000 by current owners Dianne and Paul Hewlett, has grown along with Loveland, developing in ways that have made obtaining health supplies and medications more convenient and reliable. One of the most unique aspects of Columbine is our drug compounding service. Drug compounding is a practice that allows pharmacists to custom blend medications to fit the unique needs of the individual, including the family pet. An example is making an alternative form of the pain reliever Ibuprofen that can be rubbed on the skin (transdermal) instead of taken orally. Columbine was one of the original compounding pharmacies and the first in Loveland Co. With state of the art compounding facilities, including sterile compounding, Columbine's drug compounding pharmacy has led the way in providing this unique service for both professional and college sports teams, physical therapists, medical and veterinary practitioners.
Locally, Columbine Drug caters to the community. We offer free consultations, free delivery of both prescription medications as well as over the counter products, and most importantly unmatched customer service.
Because Columbine is affiliated with RX Plus, a regional independent pharmacy co-op; we are able to offer better pricing on most prescriptions for those customers without insurance. Columbine will meet or beat competitor pricing.
Columbine Drug has a wide range of services and products to meet its customer’s needs, from diabetic supplies and counseling to custom home health care products, including walkers, wheel chairs, crutches, grab bars, walk in bathtubs etc.
Columbine offers unique gifts, gift cards, a United States Post office, and over the counter items also.
The Hewlett’s are proud to operate a locally owned business, and take pride in giving back to the community thru sponsorships of charity events, schools, special needs events, golf fundraisers, and many other local and regional community events.
Columbine Drug is open from 9a.m. to 6p.m. M-F. The post office, pick up prescriptions and store hours are 7:30a.m. to 6:30p.m. M-F and 8 a.m. to 4 pm. on Sat.
Compounders Corner: A new quarterly informational newsletter to keep clinicians abreast of compounded treatment options available for a variety of conditions
Edition 1: Treatment options for vaginal atrophy: What the new studies show
As women enter menopause, hormones start to decline and without therapy, symptoms of menopause become exacerbated. With hormone decline, the vaginal epithelium becomes atrophic & physiological lubrication is reduced; leading to dryness, irritation, burning, & dyspareunia.
Conventional treatments include intravaginal conjugated estrogen or estradiol; however new studies have provided alternative approaches. In 2008 a study was published by Constantino and Guaraldi, that utilized a vaginal suppository containing Hyaluronic acid Vitamin E acetate 1mg & Vitamin A palmitate 1mg. Dosing was 1 suppository PV HS for 14 days, then tapering to every other night for 14 days. Of 150 women, 126 completed the study in full. The studys purpose was to assess efficacy of the medication in the areas of burning, itching, dyspareunia, inflammation and irritation. Results showed that any symptom which was reported by the patient as severe initially, was resolved to either mild or absent at the end of four weeks.Hyaluronic acid helps to form an extracellular water film, which moisturizes as well as facilitates the healing process & tissue regeneration. Vitamin E, is an antioxidant, and has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Vitamin A has been shown to increase the function of the immune local cells & the vaginal epithelium. This compound can be formulated into either a suppository or cream.
Chollet et al evaluated the safety & efficacy of the hormone compound Estriol 1mg & Progesterone 30mg for vaginal atrophy. The medication was given daily for 2 weeks;than three times weekly for a total of 6 months. In a study group of 19 women, results showed improvement in vaginal pH, dryness, & libido. Follow up endometrial biopsies showed no hyperplasia or carcinoma after 6 months of treatment. Estriol serum levels did not differ statistically from baseline to preinsertion dose at week 2 or months 3 & 6; suggesting that there is minimal systemic estriol accumulation. Serum Progesterone levels increased at all time points, but serum levels were found to be less at month 6 than month 3, and also from month three to week 2; indicating that absorption of intravaginal 30mg Progesterone does not gradually increase. Side effects that occured early were vaginal spotting (which resolved with no reoccurance);vulvar & vaginal irritation. While admittedly the study group was small, it confirms that the medications were well tolerated and that no endometrial hyperplasia occured at these doses of hormones. This compound is available as a suppostory or as a cream.
Finally, Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) has been studied for libido and sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women; parameters included effects on atrophy dryness and itching. Intravaginal doses were 3.25mg; 6.5mg & 13mg versus placebo. Findings showed that at the end of 12 weeks, all doses showed equal benefit on vaginal dryness with no side effects noted. The 13 mg dose appeared to be most effective in terms of arousal lubrication; however, all 3 doses showed tremendous benefit at 12 weeks. Serum steroid levels were evaluated & found to be within normal postmenopausal range.
Studies can be obtained from PUBMED (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/); and reference citations are available upon request.
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