Strong and dependable, fathers weather all storms to care for and protect the family. As the pillar of the home, their role is not limited to providing for the household. Modern-day dads now also help look after the home and the children, and they do equally well in all these roles. They show up and roll up their sleeves, and especially during the most challenging times, they offer their shoulders for us to lean on.
But the Superman of the house is not all that invincible. With Father’s Day coming up, what better way is there to show them we care and appreciate their love and hard work than to look after them and pamper them. As June is also Men’s Health Month, there is indeed no better time than now to pay closer attention to our dads’ health needs.
Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy (AIP), the pioneer specialty compounding pharmacy in the Philippines, celebrates dads this Father’s Day with health and wellness solutions that will make them feel and be at their best on this special day and all the other days of the year.
AIP offers customized medications that address a wide range of health concerns from body pains to weight management to hair loss.
“Dads often keep health concerns to themselves so as not to worry the rest of the family. But behind that strong exterior, they need TLC. With this, AIP is offering personalized treatments that will help dads manage body pains and other health issues to keep them healthy for many years ahead,” shared Richard Lista, AIP founder and CEO.
Easing dad’s body pains
Doing physical work every day, sitting for meetings for long hours and staying late nights can wreak havoc on the back, shoulders and other parts of the body. Even just commuting or driving to and from work on a daily basis can cause body aches, especially as our dads age.
Help dad manage pain better and improve quality of life with AIP compounds Lidocaine, Ketoprofen and Benzocaine. Compounded transdermal medications have been used to manage neuropathic, musculoskeletal, arthritic, postoperative pain and other pain-causing conditions.
Lidocaine is used as an anti-arrhythmic and amide-type local anesthetic. AIP offers Lidocaine in ointments, jellies, patches or aerosol form factors. It can be used as a topical or oral solution or as an injection.
Meanwhile, Ketoprofen is a pain reliever that helps prevent natural substances from inducing inflammation in the body. It can be used to ease pain from arthritis, swelling or stiffness.
Benzocaine works as a topical anesthesia. It can also help control mild pains and is used to relieve aches felt in the mucous membranes, except the eyes.
Keeping dad healthy
Has dad been gaining more weight recently? Does he sweat or run out of breath when climbing a flight of stairs? Is he having trouble performing tasks that he used to do with ease?
These can be symptoms of obesity. An unhealthy lifestyle and diet are the most common causes of obesity, although genetics, physiological influences, weight history and underlying medical conditions are also possible causes. Obesity can put someone’s life at risk as it makes a person prone to serious illnesses such as heart diseases and stroke.
To ensure dad stays healthy, AIP has a wide portfolio of weight management solutions that can manage appetite, increase metabolism, cleanse the liver, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and prevent fat accumulation. These solutions include L-Carnitine, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), Methionine Inositol Choline (MIC), Methionine, Inositol and Choline.
These solutions also cater to obesity caused by diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
Boosting dad’s confidence
For most men, the hair is a symbol of masculinity and vitality. Many even like to grow their hair to look younger and trendy. Unfortunately, hair loss and even baldness affect many men, with a good number of them starting to experience thinning hair as early as age 40.
Hair loss can be a major frustration for men and can take a toll on their self-esteem. Besides getting self-conscious, some men feel embarrassed when their hair — or the lack thereof — becomes the topic of jokes or conversations.
To make dad feel more confident about his hair, AIP offers two compounded solutions: Finasteride and Minoxidil. Finasteride is a prescription medication that addresses male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia. It reduces DHT levels in the scalp and blood to prevent hair follicle miniaturization and interrupts a crucial factor in the progression of androgenetic alopecia.
Meanwhile, Minoxidil promotes hair growth by relaxing one’s blood vessels. Topical minoxidil is usually effective in facilitating hair growth and helps prevent alopecia from worsening. Minoxidil is a commonly used treatment for hair loss problems and is known to provide remarkable results for patients with hair disorders.
Making dad feel great again
Heavy workload and busy schedule can get in the way of dad having alone time with mom. Other times, physical and health issues such as heart disease, stress and other concerns can keep dad from enjoying these intimate moments, which can then cause frustration and embarrassment. In some cases, this can lower dad’s self-esteem and might even lead to general anxiety, depression or relationship problems.
Readily available oral medications such as Sildenafil are often used to treat erectile dysfunction, but these manufactured medications are known to have side effects. AIP offers safer compounded medicines, with strength and dosage tailored to a user’s needs and harmful preservatives and fillers extracted to prevent negative effects on the body. AIP’S Duomix is an ED treatment that combines Phentolamine and Papaverine for enhanced efficacy. Trimix, on the other hand, is a combination of Phentolamin, Papaverine and Prostaglandin E1 (Alprostadil). Compounded Sildenafil can be used to help relax muscles and improve blood flow.
As men’s testosterone levels may start to decline beginning their 30s to 40s due to stress and aging, AIP offers Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). For men experiencing andropause, BHRT can help address problems such as hair loss, sexual dysfunction and weight gain.
“We at AIP also provide patient counseling with our in-house pharmacist and healthcare representatives. This online consultation is to help fathers and other members of the family identify other options and solutions that fit them best. We want to maintain an open communication line so that AIP can continuously and properly serve our hard-working parents and make sure they enjoy a long, healthy and comfortable life,” Lista said.
Educational campaign for medical practitioners
In addition to AIP’s word-class compounded solutions and services, the pharmacy holds an educational campaign on the benefits of personalized medication through webinars co-sponsored by its international partners. AIP is a proud partner of MEDISCA, an innovative and entrepreneurial company in the pharmaceutical industry securing high-regulated products; LP3 Network, a global leader in continuing healthcare education; and Gensens Inc., a local diagnostic center providing top-quality service in the country.
The upcoming five-part webinar series titled “Fundamental Principles and Practices for Personalized Hormone Restoration Therapy” is for medical practitioners. It will be held this June.
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