What is a Compounding Pharmacy?
A compounding pharmacy is a pharmacy that creates customized medications for their patients. This means that the pharmacy can create medications specifically for an individual’s personalized needs, rather than using a standardized medication. Compounded medications can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions, and can also be used to adjust the dosage form of your current medication regimen.
One of the benefits of using a compounding pharmacy is that it allows you to have greater control over your medication. This is because compounded medications can be tailored to meet each patient’s specific needs. For example, if you have difficulty swallowing pills, we can create a liquid form of the medication. Does your child have the same issue or are they sensitive to the dyes and preservatives in commercially available medication? We can change the dosage form and also compound medications without all the additives that chain pharmacy medications have in them. Or if you’re experiencing side effects from your current medication, we can create a purer formulation that removes the fillers, additives, and preservatives that may be causing some side effects. We can also change the form and flavor of medications for pets.
Compounded medications can also be useful if you’re dealing with a unique medical condition. For example, there are some medications that are only available in powder form, and compounding pharmacies can convert these powders into oral suspensions or capsules to make them easier to take.
There are a number of reasons why you might choose to use a compounding pharmacy. Some people prefer compounded medications because they are personalized to them and treat their individual needs. They can also reduce side effects from the conventional one-size-fits-all medications of big box pharmacies. Others like the convenience of having custom-made prescriptions in a form they prefer, such as tablet, liquid, or cream.
Why would I need compounded medications?
Here are some additional situations where a compounded medication would be better for you (or your pet). They include:
- Changing a formulation to eliminate an inactive ingredient to which you have an allergy or sensitivity
- Creating a medication that’s unavailable or on backorder
- Custom creating your medication to a different strength or form