Benefits of Compounding
In the the years before the 1940's almost all
prescriptions have been compounded. With the advent of mass drug
production, compounded medications have taken a back seat. However
they have begun to experience a resurgence in recent times becaue
of the many benefits that compounding brings. More physicians are
prescribing compounded medications for individuals with unique health
needs. Compounded medications also offer an attractive alternative
to discontinued or hard-to-find medications and traditional forms
of treatment. Here are the many benefits of compounding:
Compounded customized hormones are a viable
alternative for those patients who choose not to take conventional
hormone replacement. Check our section on hormone
replacement for more information.
For those who experience pain, taking
medications can sometimes be a problem. Drowsiness, dizziness and
stomach discomfort are just a few of the side effects associated
with commercially available prescriptions. Compounded pain medications
can be a solution to these problems. A compounding pharmacist can
combine the ingredients of traditional oral pain medications and
dispense them in alternative delivery forms such as topical gels,
creams or sprays.
Many dentists find themselves with patients
who are resistant to traditional forms of treatment. Unique preparations
and alternative delivery systems can solve these problems. Lip balm
for viral lesions, mouth rinses for ulcers and "mucosal bandages"
to cover ulcerations /infections are just a few of the solutions.
Lollipops for the treatment of thrush or for oral sedation are also
commonly prescribed. Do you have a unique dental problem? Our compounding
pharmacist can help.
Our compounding pharmacist can work with a doctor to meet a patient's
unique dermatological needs. With your physician's prescription
our pharmacy can compound preparations to treat special problems
like, psoriasis, eczema, warts, skin pigmentation, acne, fever blisters,
nail fungus and alopecia. We compound a number of anti-aging formulations.
Treatments for radiation burns are also available.
Children are especially suited for custom
compounded prescriptions as commercially manufactured drug forms are
often not easy for children to take. Dozens of flavors are available
to compounding pharmacists who can enhance the taste and color of
medication. A compounding pharmacist can also make medicine in a more
easily taken or administered dosage form for children who have a difficult
time swallowing capsules or tablets.
Children vary in weight or size, compounding
pharmacists can formulate the medication to the exact dose needed
for the individual child.
Allergy or Ingredient Sensitivity
Many patients are allergic to preservatives
or dyes in commercially available drugs, or are lactose intolerant.
A pharmacist can compound prescriptions that are preservative, dye,
and lactose free.
Many patients may have difficulty taking medicine in the prescribed
form. Working with your physician, we can change the strength of
a medication, alter its form to make it easier to administer, or
add a flavor to make it more palatable. Children and the elderly
in particular may have difficulty with flavors of commercial medication.
Compounding pharmacists can work directly with the physician and
the patient or the patients family to select a more palatable
flavor and mask any unpleasant aftertaste.
Having trouble finding that medicine that works for you? Pharmaceutical
companies may stop making products for which there is limited demand.
And limited demand is likely to occur when a newer and, sometimes,
more effective medicine comes into the market. However some patients
may respond better to the now commercially unavailable medicine.
If we can obtain the medicine in its chemical form, we can compound
There are many ways a compounding pharmacy
can work with doctors, nurses and caregivers to assist the hospice
patient. Hospice patients may need several medications that could
be combined into one capsule. If the patient is unable to swallow,
we can make transdermal medications to be applied topically or troches
to be dissolved in the mouth.
Eliminate the Medicine Taste
Trying to make a dog or cat swallow a tablet is not always the easiest
thing to do. We can prepare medicines into easy-to-give flavored
dosage forms that animals devour. Cats like tuna, dogs like beef.
Various flavors are available for other animals.
Solving Dosage Problems
Commercial medicine may come in 100mg or 200mg tablets or capsules.
A small kitten may need a dose of 15mg. We can make tuna flavored
suspension containing 15mg per 1ml. It is dispensed with a medicine
dropper so that the accurate dose is easily measured.
Animal medicine manufacturers often stop producing medicines and
dosage forms for which there is little demand. There is still an
occasional need for these products. With a physician's prescription,
we can obtain the medicine and compound a prescription for the commercially