Patients: Is Compounding medication right for you?

Why Compounding?

  • When needed medications are discontinued by or generally unavailable from pharmaceutical companies, often because the medications are no longer profitable to manufacture. 
  • When the patient is allergic to certain preservatives, dyes, or binders in available off-the-shelf medications. 
  • When treatment requires tailored dosage strengths for patients with unique needs (for example, an infant). 
  • When a pharmacist can combine several medications a patient is taking to increase compliance. 
  • When a patient cannot ingest the medication in it’s commercially available form and a pharmacist can prepare the medication in cream, liquid or other form that the patient can easily take. 
  • When medications require flavor additives to make them more palatable for some patients, most often, children. 

Many patients are allergic to preservatives and dyes, or are sensitive to standard drug strengths. With a prescriber’s consent, a compounding pharmacist can customize the strength of a medication, alter its form to make medication easier to ingest or add flavor to make it more pleasant.

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