What Is Compounding?
Pharmacy compounding involves customizing medications to meet the needs of individual patients. Although compounding may seem like a new idea, it’s actually the way that all prescriptions were made prior to the 1950’s. When the manufacturing of mass quantities of medication became available, compounding slowly declined, and “one-size-fits-all” medications became the standard.
Meeting Individual Needs
Unfortunately, this approach didn’t meet the needs of individual patients. All patients can respond differently to the same medications. Pharmacy compounding allows pharmacists to mix ingredients together in the exact dosage and strength specifically for that individual. Patients tend to have a much better response to a medication that has been formulated specifically for their body. It is truly “just what the doctor ordered”.
Making Discontinued Medications Available
Another advantage of compounding is the ability to produce medications which are no longer mass-produced. Large pharmaceutical companies often discontinue making medications which aren’t profitable for them to make.
Making Medication Allergy Friendly
Some patients may need a particular medication, but are allergic to one or two of its ingredients. For example, many people are allergic to lactose, dyes, gluten, or preservatives. Compound pharmacists can often eliminate or find suitable replacements for these ingredients, allowing patients to benefit from the medication without difficulty.
Making Medications Easier To Use
Medication can be given to the body in a variety of ways. Injections, creams, tablets or capsules may deliver the necessary medication, but some patients have difficulty with one or more of these methods. Compound pharmacists can fill a prescription in the most desirable form for each patient.
If you need a medication but find it difficult to use for some reason, please let us know. Chances are good that we can meet your individual needs through the art and science of compounding.
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