Topical Compounds

In November 2018, Steve Mamchur, owner and pharmacist at Kenron Pharmacy, a local Calgary compounding pharmacy, provided a very informative talk on topical compounds. Some notes from the talk are provided below. Topical Compound Options For treatment of nerve pain the…

#54 Lidocaine – Numbing the Pain

Image of A man holding his lower back with both hands. His lower back appears red indicating inflammation or pain.

What is Lidocaine? Lidocaine is a type of anesthetic, a substance which numbs tissues to block pain perception. Lidocaine is often used as a topical anesthetic in forms such as gels, liquids, or creams, but is also available via injections.…

#49 Herbal Healing: Careful With Comfrey

Comfrey isn’t just a pretty plant. Growing approximately three feet tall and producing stalks covered with pointed leaves and white, pink, or purple flowers, herbal medicine traditions have used applications of this plant for centuries. From poultices or mashed topical…

#28 Capsaicin – Turn up the Heat on Neuropathy

An arrangement of peppers

Capsaicin has a Long History Capsaicin (pronounced cap-say-sin), is a chemical compound found in hot peppers, with properties that can provide pain relief but also, in some instances, cause skin irritation.  It has a long history, likely dating back many…