Whether you need better tasting medicine for your child, multiple medications combined into a single dose for an elderly hospice patient, or a commercial product adjusted to a non-standard strength, the skilled compounding pharmacists at The Marsh Village Pharmacy provide customized solutions for your unique needs.
What is Compounding?
Compounding is the practice of preparing customized medications, including non-standard dosages of prescription medicines and alternative forms of delivery.
Compounded medications make it easier for patients to comply with physician instructions. Children and the elderly often benefit most from compounding because they may dislike the taste of medications or may have difficulty swallowing. A compounding pharmacist can add flavor or present medications in a different form to make it easier to ingest.
A compounding pharmacist can also help patients avoid allergic or gastrointestinal side effects by adjusting the strength of a medication or providing topical applications in place of ingestible ones.
Almost any kind of prescription can be compounded and compounded medications may take many forms such as: liquid suspension, topical gels, creams (topical and vaginal) and capsules (oral, vaginal and rectal).
Compounding can be a vital component of any health care plan. Compounding pharmacists, working alongside physicians help deliver effective treatments for unique medical problems.
The benefits of compounding
Many pain medications, such as those prescribed for arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches and nerve and muscle pain can cause stomach irritation or other unwanted side effects. Compounding can provide alternate methods of delivery by combining the ingredients of traditional oral pain medications in a topical gel, cream or spray form that can be applied directly to the site of the pain.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
To treat menopausal symptoms and protect against osteoporosis, many women use bio-identical hormones which are plant derived and biologically identical to hormones naturally occurring in their own bodies. Compounding makes it possible to adapt BHRT treatment to fit a patient’s individual body and hormone levels. In fact, hormones can be made in a variety of strengths and forms including capsules, topical creams and gels, suppositories, sublingual drops and troches, and lozenges.
Men experience a number of common physical and emotional symptoms as they age, including: decreased libido, muscle mass, strength and stamina, impotence, osteoporosis, heart disease, sleep disorders, depression and anxiety. Many of these conditions may be attributed to decreasing levels of testosterone or increasing levels of estrogen. Hormone therapy can supplement testosterone levels and alleviate some of these symptoms. Compounding can help focus treatment to fit your unique body and hormone levels, resulting in a healthier balance.
Children often refuse medications because they dislike the taste, texture or color, or simply because they know it is medicine. More importantly, a child with allergies or varying drug tolerances may require sugar-free, gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free, or dye-free medications. Compounding can transform regular medicines into colorful, pleasantly flavored dosage forms children won’t mind taking. These include oral liquids, lollipops, gummy treats, topical gels, effervescent drinks, and even pacifier or bottle dosage for infants.
A compounding pharmacist can prepare medications in flavored forms that are appropriate for your pet’s size, condition and preferences. For example, cats will refuse pills but gladly accept medicine that smells and tastes like tuna. By helping deliver medications in easy-to-consume forms, compounding can help improve the health and longevity of your pet.
Compounding offers alternative delivery methods for hospice patients who have trouble taking medications in traditional dosage forms. For instance, a patient who is unable to swallow may be given topical medication, which may also help avoid stomach upset. Additionally, compounding offers patients unique drug combinations and precise dosages to treat their individual conditions, while minimizing sedation or other adverse side effects.
Compounding provides benefits for all areas of dental medicine from cosmetics like bleaching gels to unique formulations for treating oral ulcers or gum disease. Patients who are anxious about needles may be given a topical anesthetic. Other applications include liquids, pastes, lip balms, or even lollipops.
Anti-Aging / Cosmeceuticals
Many commercial creams and lotions aim to reduce the effects of aging and skin damage caused by the sun, poor nutrition and stress, protect against further damage, rejuvenate skin, and reduce wrinkles. While commercial products may not meet the needs of every skin type, a compounding pharmacist can custom-prepare skin care solutions to meet your exact needs.