What is Compounding?
The reason compounding is so special is that it enables a medication to be produced specifically to meet a patient’s needs. Some examples may include:
- A patient’s inability to swallow a solid dosage form due to age or dysfunction.
- A dose of medication that is not commercially produced.
- A commercially available product that is not available or has been discontinued.
- A patient’s allergies to commercial additives (i.e. dyes or preservatives).
- The flavor of a medication is not palatable.
- Topically applied combinations for skin issues or pain management.
Applications for Compounding:
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) – replacement of hormones that naturally decrease as we age.
- Peri- and post-menopausal and post-hysterectomy women – estrogens, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone to help reduce hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, fatigue and increase libido and energy.
- Men’s health – testosterone to help increase energy, muscle mass and libido.
- Children – flavored solutions and suspensions and/or reduced strengths to meet the dosage needs of children.
- Elderly – liquids or topically applied medications when swallowing may be challenging or reduced doses are required.
- Animals – treats, liquids or topically applied medications to combine several medications into a single form or to meet the dosage requirements or our animal kingdom friends.
- Pain – topically applied creams, ointments or gels to help relieve the pain of inflammation, nerve damage or arthritis.
- Dermatological – topically applied creams, ointments or gels to treat numerous dermatological disorders.
- Dental – pastes and powders to help heal or prevent infection.
- Autism – many alternative forms and flavors to help the often picky palates this special population.
** At this time, The Prescription Shops only compound non-sterile preparations **
- Capsules –several sizes, colors and even flavors are used.
- Troches – flavored, dissolve in mouth against the cheek or under the tongue.
- Rapid Dissolve Tablets (RDTs) – flavored, dissolve on tongue quickly (similar to after-dinner mints).
- Tablet Triturates – flavored, small, dissolve in mouth.
- Liquid – oral flavored solutions and suspensions and topical applications also.
- Topical – cream, ointment and gel.
- Vaginal Cream and Suppositories – applied either internally to the vagina or externally to the labia (cream only).
- Rectal Cream and Suppositories – inserted into or around (cream only) the anal opening.
- Nasal Spray – many medical treatments can be applied to the nasal passages.
- Oral Paste – preparations to treat many dental conditions.
- Powder – dental, topical and even aural (of the ear) application of medications.