What is compounding?
Pharmacy compounding combines an ageless art with the latest medical knowledge and state–of–the–art technology, allowing specially trained professionals to prepare customized medications to meet the unique needs of prescribers and patients.
Because of the limited number of strengths and dosage forms that are commercially available, the demand for professional compounding has increased. Compounds can be created that are free of filler ingredients like dyes, sugars and alcohols that some patients may react negatively to. Our compounds are made on a prescription–by–prescription basis and not mass–produced.
To better fit your needs and optimize the effectiveness of your medications, our compounding professionals can create customized dosage forms that are “just what the doctor ordered”.
Medications can be compounded into customized capsules, especially in cases where an alternate strength is required or to omit potential allergens or irritants such as dyes, preservatives or gluten. To lessen the number of doses to be taken, multiple medications often can be combined into a single dosage or made into a sustained–release capsule.
Topical methods of delivery also are widely used because they allow the absorption of medicine directly through the skin, and may help avoid potential side effects such as stomach upset or drowsiness. Gels, creams, lotions, foams, lip balm stick applicators are easy to use and are effective for delivering the medication as needed. Topical medications often are prescribed for pain management, inflammation and nausea/vomiting.
Many medications can be compounded as oral liquids for those patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules. Some patients may have problems tolerating the taste of a commercially available liquid, but a compounding pharmacist can make a pleasant–tasting, custom–flavored oral solution or suspension which can be administered easily and accurately.
Troches and lollipops are used to keep drugs in the mouth when local action is needed there. Troches also may be placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve, which allows the medication to enter the bloodstream quickly and easily. Some troches can be chewed and swallowed by a patient who cannot or will not take a capsule or tables. These dosage forms can be enhanced with natural sweeteners and pleasant–tasting flavors, making them ideal for geriatric and pediatric patients.
Patients who cannot take medications orally are ideal candidates for compounded suppositories. Available in various shapes depending on the route of administration, suppositories can be given rectally, vaginally or urethrally. By melting or dissolving in the body cavity, they pass quickly into the bloodstream. They can be used for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, to fight nausea, or to treat local conditions such as hemorrhoids, infections or inflammation.