Compounding, in the use we are referring to, is the mixing of drugs by a Compounding Pharmacist to customize a medicine to fit your unique needs. Compounding has actually been around for hundreds of year, but became less practiced when mass medication production entered the market. Mass medication production can, in some cases, make medicine more affordable, but can be less effective because the dosing is created to fit a large population and not catered to unique individual needs.
Compounding can make medicine easier to take.
Through compounding your medication, you choose the form that it comes in. We can change your dosage forms to:
- Gels (oral, topical)
- Mouthwashes and rinses
- Oral & topical sprays
Add flavoring to your child medication or your pet’s medication to make it more appealing. The options are endless and can make your little patient at home much happier.
Compounding can take away some side-effects.
In pain management medications, patients often suffer from stomach irritation or other uncomfortable side-effects in their gastrointestinal tract or other digestive areas of the body because the medicine prescribed comes in oral form. How much more would it benefit the patient if the medicine could be transformed into a topical gel applied straight to the problem area and bypass the stomach completely? This is just one example of how compounding can take away side-effects.
Compounding can adjust dosage strength to fit you.
Many times, mass produced medication is designed to cover a variety of symptoms associated with a certain diagnosis. However, in many cases your diagnosis may be common, but your body’s reaction is unique. Through working with a Compounding Pharmacist, you can adjust your dosage strength to target the specific symptoms you are experiencing.
Have you worked with a Compounding Pharmacist to customize your medications? If not, does this sound like it could benefit you?