Compression Socks­­—The Latest Trend in Running

Compression Socks­­—The Latest Trend in Running

“Run hard, be strong, think big!” – Percy Cerutty

If you enjoy running like I do, you probably can’t wait to join the hordes of lycra-clad runners soaking up the gorgeous B.C. scenery, and breathing in that West Coast air. With spring just a hop, skip, and jump away, the idea of taking a break from that stale old treadmill in a smelly, crowded gym is starting to sound pretty good right about now.

From zipping along the seawall to participating in one of the numerous marathons, I, like tons of Vancouverites, absolutely love to take my workouts outside. My calves, on the other hand, not so much. No matter how much stretching and strengthening I do, the long, hard runs always seem to get the better of me, leaving my legs sore and achy the next day.

Compression socks are taking off everywhere

Whether you’re a veteran marathon runner or a newbie to jogging, you’ve probably noticed that compression socks are popping up all over the place, adopted by runners of every level. So why are so many runners sporting compression socks these days?

What’s all the buzz about?

Primarily used for pregnant women, air travelers, older people, or anyone that has to spend all day on their feet, compression socks have been all the rage with many runners lately. And for good reason—the people who use them swear by them. These snug-fitting, knee-high socks are not only believed to stimulate blood flow, but also thought to help legs recover faster after a hard run.

For example, by compressing the veins, arteries, and muscles on the surface of the legs, compression socks make it less likely for blood to pool in the feet. For runners, that means better circulation, a reduction in muscle fatigue, and faster recovery times.

Another main reason runners use compression socks is to cut back on muscle soreness triggered by impact vibration. When we run, our legs pound hard on the ground, causing our muscles and tendons to vibrate. Scores of runners believe compression socks helps to minimize muscle vibrations, which in turn, decreases soreness of their muscles after running.

I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m far from a hard core runner, having only finished my first half marathon recently. But hey, if these trendy support socks can help ease my pain and give me the leg up I’m looking for (pun intended), I’ll take any advantage I can get.

Are you getting ready for the running season? Have you ever tried compression socks?

Let us know in the comments, and come in to chat with our compression stocking fitters.

Thinking Out Of the Box with Compounding

Thinking Out Of the Box with Compounding

The “one-size-fits-all” approach works well for many people for a wide variety of reasons. When it comes to prescription medicine, however, not everyone is the same. Compounding pharmacists know that each person is different, and they can make customized medications to meet the specific needs of each individual patient. Working with you, your physician, or your health care provider, a compounding pharmacist can prepare the proper dosage, form, and combination of medications for a tailor-made treatment plan. Still not convinced? Here are just some of the numerous benefits to using a compounding pharmacy.

Discontinued Medication

Compounding is great for medication that is out of stock or no longer available. Compounding pharmacists can provide much needed access to unavailable medicines, ensuring patients get the vital care they need. Why go without if you don’t have to? A compounding pharmacy can reformulate the medication you need to fill your prescriptions.

Alternative Dosage Forms

Having a hard time swallowing a pill? Sometimes a patient might require an alternative dosage form for their medication. A pharmacist can compound medicine into a wide range of options, including transdermal gels, topical sprays and creams, suppositories, troches, or lozenges to help with your precise symptoms and condition.

Better Tasting Medication

No one likes taking unpleasant tasting medicine. A compounding pharmacist can prepare great tasting medication, custom-making the prescription with a flavour of your choice. This can be a real benefit when it comes to finicky patients like children, the elderly, or even pets!

Allergy-Free Medication

Looking to stay clear of allergens and other unwanted substances? Dyes, sugar, gluten, lactose, alcohol, and preservatives can cause a host of reactions for many people when taking certain medications. A compounding pharmacist can create a formula without unwanted and unnecessary substances, helping you get what you need, and eliminating what you don’t.

From bio-identical hormone replacement and veterinary prescriptions to pain management and pediatric medication, compounding provides out-of-the-box solutions for each of your unique needs.

At Macdonald’s Prescriptions #3, our highly trained pharmacists will formulate specialized medication for you, your children, and your pets.

If you think compounding is right for you, feel free to contact us today!

The Benefits of Hormone Replacement Compounding

The Benefits of Hormone Replacement Compounding

As anyone who has ever been through puberty can tell you—never underestimate the power of hormones. These incredible chemical messengers control the entire body, affecting many areas of your health, such as your mood, your metabolism, and your sexual and reproductive function. When hormones are balanced, it’s smooth sailing. Hormonal ups and downs due to menopause or other factors, however, can wreak havoc on a woman’s life. Thankfully, compounded hormone replacement therapy (HRT) offers some incredible benefits that will restore balance, helping you take control of your life again.

What is Compounded Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Compounded natural hormones have the exact same chemical constitution as human hormones. The body recognizes them, allowing them to copy the function of the hormones the body creates naturally.

Working with your physician or health care provider, a compounding pharmacist can customized a prescription to fit each individual’s specific needs. HRT can be compounded in a variety of strengths and dosage forms, including capsules, topical and vaginal creams, gels, oral liquids, lozenges, vaginal and rectal suppositories, solutions, tablets, troches, and other dosage forms.

Compounded hormone replacement therapy may be useful for relieving the symptoms of a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Infertility
  • Endometriosis
  • Post-partum depression
  • Weight gain
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Moodiness
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Decreased libido
  • Painful sexual intercourse

What Are The Benefits Of Compounded Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Here are just some of the many advantages of hormone replacement compounding:

  • Helps to prevent osteoporosis and restores bone strength
  • Increases libido
  • Protects against heart disease and stroke
  • Improves cholesterol levels
  • Reduces hot flashes and decreases vaginal dryness
  • Maintains muscle mass and strength
  • Reduces the risk of getting breast and endometrial cancer
  • Lessens chance of suffering from depression or Alzheimer’s disease
  • Improves sleep, mood, concentration, and memory

Feeling totally overwhelmed by hormone symptoms? Here at Macdonald’s Prescriptions #3, we work together with your healthcare provider or physician to prepare specialized, compounded hormone therapy. We will monitor your treatment and help you make any necessary adjustments.

Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if hormone replacement therapy is right for you.

Please contact our compounding pharmacist today!






Compounding for Animal Owners

Compounding for Animal Owners

From dogs and cats, to rabbits and horses, pets come in all different shapes and sizes. And as a pet owner, you want the absolute best for them, no matter what four-legged-friend is a member of your family (and two-legged friends for all you bird lovers out there). To ensure proper care, you will have to take your pets for regular trips to the veterinarian, as well as fill any possible needs for medications.

So you’ve gone to the veterinarian, and they’ve suggested some medications that will help put your pet on the road to recovery. Everything should be smooth sailing, right? Sadly, it isn’t always that simple. For example, the medicine may no longer be available, your pet might not like the taste, or the method of administration is simply not working. Ask anyone trying to give a pill to a cat how stressful the process is for the animal and for the pill giver—not to mention painful.

Does any of this sound familiar? Fortunately, there is a safe and effective option that will help give your pets what they need—compounding medication. There are a wide variety of benefits to using compounding as a solution for your pet’s medical problems.

Compounded Medications Make It Easier To Dose Your Pets

There is just no escaping one simple fact—most pets don’t like taking their medication. And who can blame them? Tablets can not only be too big or too small, but can also taste terrible, making it a real challenge to administer.

Compounding pharmacists can customize medications into many different forms, as well as turn the most horrible-tasting medication into a yummy treat-like formula. For instance, tuna, sardines, or cod liver oil for cats; cheese, liver, beef, or chicken for dogs; and peanut butter, or a variety of fruit flavors for birds. Whatever the medication or flavour, it will be so much easier to dose your pet when they think it’s a treat.

Compounding Can Blend Multiple Medications into a Single-Dose

Occasionally, a pet may have a health condition that requires more than one medication. Managing multiple drug dosages can be a demanding and frustrating process. And the last thing you want to do is run the risk of missing a dose or double-dosing, putting your beloved pet’s health at risk.

An important feature in compounding is that pharmacists can combine two or more medications into a single-dose formulation. Compounding makes it easier to administer your pet’s medicine, ensuring they never miss a critical dose.

Compounding Pharmacists Can Prepare a Prescription for Discontinued Medications

There are times when a product may no longer be commercially available. Fortunately, a compounding pharmacist can make a prescription for the discontinued medication, tailored to meet the specific needs of your pet.

If you think your best pet friend is under the weather, don’t despair. A compounding pharmacist is here to help your pet feel healthy and happy again.

For all your compounding needs, contact us today!

The Compounding Solution for Pain Management

The Compounding Solution for Pain Management

Whether it’s muscle pain, headaches, or menstrual cramping, almost everyone has experienced some sort of pain in their lives. Chronic pain like that from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and migraines, however, can be an ongoing, debilitating experience, preventing you from working effectively, enjoying recreation, or even taking pleasure in everyday life.

Thanks to pharmacy compounding—a customized option for pain management—you don’t have to let chronic pain keep you from enjoying life.

Providing the Answer for Chronic Pain Relief

Many prescribed or over-the-counter pain relief medications provide some relief, but come with a host of side effects, including drowsiness, dizziness, and stomach irritation. What’s more, some medications can create dependency and even damage the liver if used for long periods of time. Unfortunately, many patients have come to tolerate this “reality”, believing there are no other options when it comes to pain management.

Fortunately for many chronic pain sufferers, there is a better, more efficient solution. Specially compounded medications deliver personalized pain relief, providing valuable benefits in the treatment of:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Shingles and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Migraines
  • Muscle Pain

Meeting Your Unique Needs

Everybody experiences pain in a different way. A compounding pharmacist can compound a medicine that will assist you and your healthcare provider to create an effective pain management program tailored specifically to your needs.

Pharmacy compounding offers alternate methods of delivery to make the process simpler. Pain medications can often be compounded into dosage forms including:

  • Topical gel/cream
  • Sprays
  • Capsules
  • Suppositories
  • Tablet triturates
  • Injectables
  • Flavoured/unflavoured troches
  • Lozenges

Don’t Let Pain Stand Your Way!

Pain can be unbearable, whether it’s acute or chronic. Why live with pain if you don’t have to? With pharmacy compounding, you can improve your daily functioning and quality of life while easing your suffering.

Don’t let pain stop you from enjoying everything life has offer. At Macdonald’s Prescriptions #3, we work together with your practitioner to prepare specialized medication for you, your children, or even your pet.

Please contact our compounding pharmacist today!


Sulforaphanes – A promising phytochemical and another reason to eat your dark leafy greens

I have a confession to make. I’m a professional dodger of broccoli. I’ve hidden it in napkins as a child, flatly refused it as a teenager, and given it away to my fellow diners as an adult. I pretty much hate the stuff, along with most of its relatives in the cruciferous family: cabbage, brussel sprouts, bok choy, radish, cauliflower, etc. So then why am I eating it now? Blame it on kale.

Touted as a superfood, kale was the first cruciferous vegetable I had that didn’t taste terrible. Interest piqued, I decided to look further into why it was considered ‘super’. Sure it’s full of vitamins such as C, A, K as well as being high in dietary fiber. But what really caught my attention is that it, and other cruciferous vegetables, contains a substance that has generated hundreds of research papers on subjects such as cancer protection, antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory effects, antibacterial activity and much more.

That substance is called sulforaphanes.

Why the excitement?

Preliminary epidemiologic research shows an inverse relationship between some cancers (leukemia, prostate, liver) and the amount of cruciferous vegetables you eat. Simply put, people who ate more kale or broccoli seemed to have lower incidences of certain cancers.

In vitro (in the lab), sulforaphanes eradicated h. pylori, a nasty bacteria that can cause heart burn, stomach ulcers, and rarely, stomach cancer. Studies with small numbers of human participants showed lower amounts of h. pylori and improved symptoms of heart burn after ingesting broccoli sprouts.

Sulforaphanes and selenium together may also protect cells against oxidative damage.

A bit of background

Plants in the cruciferous family (ex: broccoli, kale) contain glucoraphanins, a precursor of isothiocyanates. Sulforaphane is one such isothiocyanates.

How do they work?

Sulforaphanes are very potent inducers of phase 2 enzymes in the liver. These enzymes help the body inactivate many carcinogens. The theory goes that if sulforaphanes help increase those enzymes, then logically they should help the body inactivate more carcinogens. Other theories include anti-inflammatory mechanisms, induction of cell cycle arrest, increasing anti-cancer defense enzymes, inhibiting cancer-activating enzymes and so on.


While studied in hundreds of research papers, evidence for the effectiveness of sulforaphane is still considered to be in its preliminary stages. This means that while the studies have been promising, larger and more vigorous studies are needed before any claim can be stated as fact. Certainly no conventional treatment should be forgone in favor of supplementing with sulforaphane alone.

Patients on blood thinners such as warfarin should not suddenly increase their intake of dark leafy green vegetables as the extra vitamin K may increase risk of bleeds. As sulforaphane affects liver enzymes, those with liver diseases or taking certain drugs that are metabolized by those enzymes need seek medical advice before taking supplements. Really, any supplementation should be done under the supervision of your doctor or health care professional.

While eating my cruciferous veggies may not be my favorite part of the meal, the benefits certainly seem to be worth the aggravation. For those who are reluctant, I offer you the following dining strategy. Boiling or baking destroys the valuable nutrients. Try steaming, microwaving, or stir frying. Broccoli sprouts have the highest content of glucoraphanins and thus sulforaphanes. Regular broccoli heads come in at a distant second and the rest of the family fair even worse than that. So eating steamed broccoli sprouts is the best bang for your buck.

Or if that sounds like too much of a fuss, you can take a supplement instead. (1 capsule equals 8oz of broccoli or 0.33oz of broccoli sprouts.) Our pharmacy can help you with that and I certainly won’t blame you.