• What’s New at JJ’s Prescription Specialties: Jan. 2018

    Every year, thousands of babies are born with birth defects and it’s something JJ’s Prescription Specialties takes seriously. Prenatal vitamins are one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce birth defects and nurture your body before and during pregnancy.

    It’s easy to get overwhelmed from family, friends and distant relatives who may offer not-so-orthodox tips for a healthy pregnancy, but the JJ’s team will work closely with you and your physician to ensure you receive only the highest quality supplements and the best care possible.

    Your two new best friends during your pregnancy are folic acid and iron, but more often than not, your diet alone may not have the necessary amounts. Without enough iron, iron deficiency anemia can occur, which can then spur preterm delivery and low birth weight.

    Folic acid is a B-vitamin, and it’s an essential part of your pregnancy before you conceive as well as during the early weeks of your pregnancy. This super-vitamin can help reduce your baby’s risk of spina bifida and anencephaly by up to 70%. In addition, your body tends to absorb synthetic folic acid better than the natural folic acid found in food, which means supplements can deliver better results that diet alone.

    To learn more click here to schedule a consultation.

    James J. (JJ) Gibson is the owner and operator of JJ’s Prescription Specialties, and he is a third-generation pharmacist who grew up in his father’s pharmacy. If you’re a customer of JJ’s Prescription Specialties, then you’ve seen JJ’s dedication, experience and top-notch customer service.

    JJ graduated from Notre Dame High School in Crowley, La., and attended Louisiana State University for his pre-pharmacy education before graduating from University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Pharmacy.

    JJ has been a licensed pharmacist for 24 years, and he has spent his career helping patients understand their personalized medicinal needs. JJ is a member of Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA), Louisiana Pharmacist Association (LPA), Louisiana Independent Pharmacy Association (LIPA), National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), the International Academy of Compound Pharmacists (IACP), and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

    Magnesium is an important nutrient that your body needs to stay healthy and happy, and it’s vital for various body processes, such as blood sugar levels, blood pressure and regulating muscle and nerve function.

    JJ’s Prescription Specialties offers Magnesium Glycinate Liquid, which is gentle on the stomach and easily absorbed by the body. It supports musculoskeletal, cardiometabolic and emotional health, and it is most often used to prevent nighttime leg cramps and help symptoms of restless leg syndrome.

    Get your supply by clicking here.

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that attacks the lining of your joints. As an inflammatory disease, it can cause pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function. RA occurs when white blood cells move from the blood stream into the area surrounding the joint. Proteins are then released due to the inflammation and can do irreversible damage to a patient’s joints.

    If you are living with RA, talk to your doctor about what prescription may be right for you. JJ’s Prescription Specialties can fill many RA prescriptions locally, including Cimzia, Enbrel, Humira, Simponi and Foreto.

    To learn more, click here or call JJ’s at 337-562-7979.

    January 24, 2018 By Derek Williams 2018
  • What’s New at JJ’s Prescription Specialties: Dec. 2017

    While most medications today are made for humans, many medicines can and are used in animals at doses, formulas and delivery methods best for your furbaby.

    Whether you have dogs and cats or ferrets and guinea pigs, JJ’s Prescription Specialties can prepare and compound a wide range of medications that can treat conditions that ail any pet, such as seizures, ear infections or behavioral issues.

    We all know the difficulty of getting a pet to take a pill, so JJ can even compound medications in topical treatments that avoid the dreaded pill form. Learn more here.

    Did you know that JJ’s has more than supplements and prescriptions? If you’re scrambling for last-minute holiday gifts, drop by JJ’s Prescription Specialties for a wide selection of luxury soaps, candles, infusers and unique gifts for everyone on your list!

    Does your hair look dull or is your skin feeling dry in the winter weather? JJ’s offers Pure Encapsulations’ Hair/Skin/Nails Ultra, a daily supplement that supports healthy hair, skin and nails.

    Hair/Skin/Nails Ultra is a blend of key building blocks to support healthy skin elasticity and hydration, healthy hair and nail strength and thickness. The product is gluten-free and made with hypoallergenic ingredients. Buy yours here.

    Over 54 million Americans live with osteoporosis and low bone mass, and the progressive bone disease is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density, which leads to an increased risk of fracture. The form of osteoporosis most common in post-menopausal women is referred to as Primary Type 1, while Primary Type 2 is seen in both males and females after the age of 75.

    At JJ’s, our team of medical professionals help patients manage this disease to live active, productive and fulfilling lives. We offer a full line of osteoporosis medications, including Forteo and Prolia. We also offer one-on-one consultations to determine the best path forward with your physician. To sign up for a consultation, click here or call us at 562-7979.

    January 2, 2018 By Derek Williams 2018
  • What’s New at JJ’s: Nov. 2017

    Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help bring a woman’s life back into balance when the symptoms of menopause sneak up. JJ’s Prescription Specialties offers compounded BHRT that can be customized to each individual’s body and hormone level.

    Hormone imbalance can throw other areas out of balance, such as mood, metabolism, and sexual and reproductive functions. BHRT has the exact chemical structure of the hormones in the body and beyond menopause, BHRT can be used to treat conditions such as pre-menstrual syndrome, postpartum depression, endometriosis and fibrocystic breasts.

    The JJ’s team can work with your healthcare provider to develop the best course of treatment, help get you the exact hormones your body needs and get you back on your feet.

    To download a consultation form, click here or call JJ’s at 337-562-7979 for more information.

    You can fill your prescription anywhere, but at JJ’s, our pharmacists put us at the top for service and patient satisfaction. J. Carlos Dubus brings 51 years of pharmaceutical experience to JJ’s, and he is a certified consultant pharmacist as well as a compounding and wound care pharmacist. Carlos is dedicated to serving his patients with care and professionalism, making their health and safety paramount.

    If you’re like any typical parent, you probably have a hard time getting your kids their full servings of fruit and vegetables. JJ’s Online Store offers Dynamic Kids Drink—an easy-to-mix, great tasting, nutrient-rich superfood formula that your kids will love! Dynamic Kids Drink provides a 100% blend of natural fruit and vegetables as well as vitamins, enzymes and symbiotic intestinal flora. Buy yours now by clicking here.

    Crohn’s Disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, affecting as many as 700,000 Americans. It strikes about the same number of men as women, and while it can occur at any age, the incidence peaks among adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 35. It also tends to run in families.

    With the autoimmune condition, the body’s immune system reacts abnormally to food and bacteria, therefore causing white blood cells to accumulate in the lining of the intestines causing inflammation, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

    Crohn’s can be a very difficult disease to treat. There are several types of therapies used, including surgery, nutritional supplements, oral medications and biologics. At JJ’s Prescription Specialties, our team works with healthcare providers to help patients manage their disease and live active, fulfilling and productive lives. We offer a full line of Crohn’s biologic medications including Cimzia and Humira.

    Want to know more? Click here to schedule a consultation with our staff or call us at 562-7979.

    December 15, 2017 By Derek Williams 2017
  • What’s New at JJ’s: Oct. 2017

    It’s no surprise to any parent that kids usually have an aversion to taking their medicine. Instead of struggling to convince your kid to take their medicine, try compounding their prescription instead. The JJ’s team can make medicine easier to take by altering dosage methods and flavors.

    Compounding allows JJ’s Prescription Specialties to turn capsules or tablets into tasty treats—like lollipops, gummy treats or effervescent drinks—that still provide the right dosage and strength for the child. This also helps children who have a difficulty swallowing pills or require allergen-free dosages.

    Learn more by clicking here or calling JJ’s at 337-562-7979.

    There’s a reason why people say it’s “a hard pill to swallow.” Many medications are commonly available as capsules or tablets, and we never look forward to taking our medicine. Oral medication can be hard to swallow, taste bad or cause unwanted side effects. Additionally, medicines taken by mouth must pass through a patient’s digestive tract, which may delay or reduce the medication’s effects.

    But there’s a better way to take your meds. Our team at JJ’s can prepare many medications as topical treatments—creams, lotions, solutions or gels—that are applied directly to the skin.

    Topical medications are easier to administer and allow the drug to enter the bloodstream through the skin, which may reduce or eliminate related side effects or discomfort.

    Learn more by clicking here or calling JJ’s at 337-562-7979.

    Having a hard time relaxing in bed? Or does restless leg syndrome keep you up? MyoCalm P.M. is a nighttime muscle relaxation formula that combines natural ingredients like passionflower and lemon balm to promote a feeling of calm and relaxation as well as a restful sleep.

    MyoCalm P.M. may also help relieve minor pain associated with muscle tension, which can be caused by stress or physical overexertion. Get yours now by clicking here.

    Drive-thru pharmacies aren’t for everyone. JJ’s Prescription Specialties provides a more personal touch by offering one-on-one consultations. Our team will work directly with your physician and healthcare providers to provide a total-care service that you just don’t find at big box pharmacies.

    The JJ’s team is here to provide personalized and thoughtful solutions for all of your healthcare needs, from compound and specialty treatment options to information and advice about supplements and over-the-counter products.

    Our consultations are always free, and you can fill out a consultation form online by clicking here.

    October 16, 2017 By Derek Williams 2017
  • What’s New at JJ’s: Sept. 2017

    Welcome to the future, Southwest Louisiana. Now, monitoring your health or the health of a loved one is at your fingertips—or, more accurately—on your wrist.

    The HELO smart wristband—now available at JJ’s Prescription Specialties—is a sleek, revolutionary health-monitoring bracelet that monitors the wearer’s real-time vital signs, such as blood pressure, breathing rate and heart rate.

    Through Bluetooth technology, HELO connects to the HELO smartphone app, which records vital signs and gives the wearer the option to store the results in a history log, allowing the wearer to track health patterns and trends.

    HELO can also monitor a loved one’s vital signs and send a signal to a family member if the wearer’s vital signs are outside of a predetermined parameter. Similarly, the HELO’s S.O.S. function sends the wearer’s GPS location to a predetermined list of contacts if the wearer is in need to aid.

    HELO is now available to purchase at JJ’s Prescription Specialties—the only licensed HELO vendor in Louisiana. Pricing for the HELO device begins at $349 with discounts for a family pack. Click here to buy yours!

    Not all prescriptions are created equal. That’s where compounding comes in. Our team at JJ’s Prescription Specialties can customize medication to meet nearly any need a patient has.

    Compounding is the art of preparing medication to fit your personal needs. While commercially available drugs may be difficult to take or contain allergens, compounded medicines are created with you in mind and give your physician an additional resource in effectively treating you.

    But many patients who need compounded medicines look to out-of-state pharmacies and providers to meet their needs. These patients may pay upwards of $40 for shipping and handling costs for quality compounding services that can be performed here locally. JJ’s Prescription Specialties can meet the needs of our patients while saving them money and energy.

    Your priority should be you and your family’s health, not worrying about the costs of medications. Give our team a call at 337-562-7979 to find out how we can help.

    -JJ Gibson, Owner of JJ’s Prescription Specialties

    Feeling off balance these days? Are hot flashes or fatigue throwing you out of rhythm? If menopause symptoms are disrupting your days and nights, relief may be close by.

    Ultra Menoease is a daily supplement that is specially formulated with pure genistein, microencapsulated BioResponse DIM®, botanicals and nutrients to relieve menopausal symptoms and support healthy estrogen levels in women.

    This supplement is sold in a one-month supply at JJ’s Prescription Specialties, or you can click here to buy now.

    September is National Self-Care Awareness Month, and it’s time to treat yourself. It seems like we’re always on the go trying to corral our families and have a rewarding career that we often forget about ourselves. Just taking a few minutes each day can keep us happier and healthier, and supplements can go that extra step to support our immune systems while promoting healthy habits.

    JJ’s Prescription Specialties only offers the highest-quality supplements. Each patient’s needs are different, and our team will use an individualized approach to find what best suits you.

    Whether you want to boost healthy skin, hair and nails, alleviate joint pain, support a healthy GI tract or even get a good night’s sleep, our supplements are here for you.

    Click here to schedule a consultation, or call us at 337-562-7979 to find out more.

    October 9, 2017 By Derek Williams 2017
  • Relief for Neuropathic Pain Due to Shingles or Diabetes  


    We welcome your questions. Neuropathic pain is a common condition. Peripheral neuropathy is a result of damage to peripheral nerves from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes or exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes mellitus. It often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in the hands and feet but it can also affect other areas of your body. People with peripheral neuropathy generally describe the pain as stabbing, burning or tingling.

    Another problem that can progress to chronic neuropathic pain is postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), a complication of shingles. Shingles (medically known as herpes zoster) result from the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus that is most commonly contracted during childhood in the form of chickenpox. Virus that had remained dormant for decades can re-manifest as a painful, blistering, and vesicular rash. While the characteristic rash of herpes zoster usually clears within 2 to 4 weeks, 20% of people may experience pain in the form of PHN that persists after the rash has healed. The pain is a consequence of peripheral nerve damage caused by the herpes zoster attack, and can persist for years. Risk factors for PHN include advanced age, female gender, chronic disease, immunocompromised condition, and a greater severity of outbreak and pain during the acute phase.

    The management of chronic neuropathic pain is challenging and as many as half of patients fail to respond to any conventional (commercially available) treatment. Other patients may experience limited benefits even when taking multiple medications. Health care providers have increasing interest in the optimization and personalization of therapy based upon the underlying cause of neuropathic pain and the patient’s symptoms.

    Treatment options to date have mainly been centered on oral therapies, including tricyclic antidepressants, opioid analgesics, and corticosteroids. Therapeutic doses of these oral medications often carry a high risk of side effects and even opioid addiction.

    Oral gabapentin is a common treatment for neuropathic pain, although doses that are adequate to provide pain relief usually produce intolerable drowsiness or dizziness. Small studies and case reports have found that topical application of compounded gabapentin gel relieved neuropathic pain without unwanted systemic side effects.

    Some people with peripheral neuropathy have benefitted from these complementary therapies:

    • Alpha-lipoic acid – be cautious and talk to your doctor because alpha-lipoic acid can affect blood sugar levels (and diabetes is often the cause of peripheral neuropathy).
    • Herbs such as evening primrose oil might help reduce neuropathy pain in people with diabetes. Some herbs interact with medications, so don’t start herbal therapies before discussing with our pharmacist and your doctor.
    • Amino acids such as acetyl-L-carnitine might benefit people who have diabetes or who have neuropathic pain following chemotherapy.

    Our pharmacist can recommend the product and dose that will be best for you.

    Ask our pharmacist how compounded medications and professional quality supplements might help neuropathic pain.

    August 8, 2017 By Derek Williams 2017
  • Therapies for Vaginal Dryness

    Vaginal atrophy is thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to declining estrogen levels. This occurs most often after menopause and can lead to irritation, itching, burning, distressing urinary symptoms, painful intercourse, and loss of libido.

    Administration of intravaginal estrogen is the conventional therapy for vaginal atrophy. The body naturally makes three types of estrogen, each with different actions and potential benefits. Our pharmacist will talk to your doctor about which type of estrogen might be best to treat your specific problem. A compounded preparation containing hyaluronic acid in combination with vitamins A and E in an intravaginal cream may provide an alternative for patients who cannot use hormones.

    Our compounding pharmacist will work together with each woman and her physician to customize a prescription medication that is most appropriate to treat her specific problems. We can prepare vaginal creams, suppositories, and even a small vaginal insert with no residual discharge.

    We welcome your questions. Call JJ’s Prescription Specialties at 562-7979 for more information.

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    Hormone Replacement Consultations

    If you would like a personal consultation about Hormone replacement with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, please click on the link below and fill out the HORMONE REPLACEMENT FORM and bring a copy in to our pharmacy.

    JJ’s Prescription Specialties
    4070 Nelson Road
    Lake Charles, LA 70605

    Female Hormone Evaluation Form

    July 11, 2017 By Derek Williams 2017
  • Customized Medications

    Compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications in the best strength and dosage form for each individual. Compounded medications can solve problems that don’t respond to commercially available drugs.

    Due to stability concerns and the cost of stocking and distributing numerous formulations of each drug, medications are manufactured in a limited number of strengths and dosage forms that will satisfy the needs of most patients. Using pharmaceutical grade chemicals and specialized equipment not found in most pharmacies, we can compound medications in doses and dosage forms that are not commercially available.

    We can compound medications into cosmetically appealing topical or transdermal creams and gels, sprays, and powders. Chemicals from FDA-inspected facilities can be utilized to enhance the absorption of topically applied medications.

    Oral dosage forms such as lozenges, lollipops and suspensions can be flavored for each individual. Compatible drugs can be combined into a single dosage form to simplify a medication administration schedule and improve compliance and outcomes. We commonly prepare unique formulations that physicians request to meet specific needs of their patients, or “tried and true” formulas acquired during medical training. Our goal is to optimize the care of every patient. Bring us your medication problems!

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    June 13, 2017 By Derek Williams 2017
  • Advantages of Topical Pain Therapy

    There are a number of advantages of using topical pain creams/gels instead of oral pain relievers in tablet, capsule or liquid form:

    • Can be applied locally only on the area where pain relief is needed.
    • Fast onset of action.
    • Higher concentration of the analgesic in the pain area.
    • Low or no systemic drug levels means fewer or no side effects.
    • Absence of drug-drug interactions.
    • Ease of combining multiple medications into one formulation for synergistic benefits.
    • Improvement of compliance.
    • No risk of dependency or abuse.
    • Combinations of compatible drugs improve the chances of achieving a good therapeutic response. Optimization of a customized formulation by using the proper base/vehicle for topical or transdermal delivery is essential to achieve the best therapeutic response.

    If you or a family member or friend are suffering from chronic pain, talk to our compounding pharmacist. We will work together with patient and physician to customize therapies to meet the specific needs of each individual.

    Reference: J Pain Res. 2017 Mar 20; 10:635-641.

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    May 18, 2017 By Derek Williams 2017
  • Lollipops—Not Always Candy!

    When we hear someone say lollipop, we often think of candy, but did you know that a lollipop can be a good way to take your medicine? Compounded medicated lozenges and lollipops are commonly used to treat problems such as infections and inflammation of the mouth. Topical preparations are often preferable to oral medications because a lollipop or lozenge can be held in place to numb a sore area, help to reduce swelling, or to provide an antibiotic or antifungal directly to the site of the infection. However, the benefits of these customized dosage forms are not limited to the mouth; they also can be used to treat nausea, generalized pain and other conditions.

    Since a lollipop or lozenge dissolves in the mouth where there is an excellent blood supply, it can have a more rapid onset of action than oral medications that need to be absorbed and transported through the bloodstream to the affected area.

    These compounded medications taste pretty good, so they should be stored in child-resistant containers to prevent accidental use or overdose by a child, and also kept away from pets.

    March 14, 2017 By Derek Williams 2016
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