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Innovative Uses of Compounded Tranilast: An Interview with Compounding Pharmacist Larry J. Frieders, RPh

Author(s):  Vail Jane

Issue:  Mar/Apr 2007 - Diabetes
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Abstract:  Tranilast (Rizaben) is an antioxidant and an antiallergic, antiangiogenesis, and anti-inflammatory agent that has been used to treat disorders ranging from bronchial asthma to keloids to oligozoospermia. In addition to its application in such therapeutically challenging conditions, tranilast in topical form provides relief from many relatively minor but compromising discomforts, such as hives or seasonal nasal congestion, that affect the quality of everyday life. Easily compounded and easy to apply, topical tranilast is a popular preparation sought in many compounding pharmacies. Larry J. Frieders, RPh, owner of The Compounder in Aurora, Illinois, describes his innovative use of tranilast and explains the value of that drug in the compounding armamentarium. The brief case reports of two staff members of The Compounder attest to the success of treatment with tranilast.

Related Keywords: N-(3',4'-dimethoxycinnamoyl) anthranilic acid (N-5'), Rizaben, antihisamine, anti-inflammatory agent, antiallergy, allergic reaction, allergy, scar, scarring, keloids, burn, inflammatory skin disorder


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