In every field of medicine, there are some patients who don’t respond to traditional methods of treatment. Sometimes they need medicine at strengths that are not manufactured at drug companies. Sometimes they simply need a different method of ingesting a medication. With a written prescription, the compounding pharmacist can and often does address many patient dosing problems by customizing a medication to meet a specific need.

 

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Lactose Intolerance – Lactose is often used as a filler or excipient for capsules. Potential Solution: Compound the required medication using an excipient other than lactose.

 

Allergic to Dyes or Preservatives Potential Solution: Compound the prescribed medication dye- or preservative-free.

 

Alcohol-free Medications Potential Solution: Customize the medication without the addition of alcohol.

 

Discontinued Medications Potential Solution: When the USP grade chemical and applicable formula are available, it can be compounded.

 

Medications in Short Supply Potential Solution: Same as discontinued medication above.  

 

Required Strength Not Available Potential Solution: Customize the medication to the required potency.  

 

Required Dosage Form Not Available Potential Solution: A wide variety of dosage forms are available, and others might possibly be created to meet a unique patient need.  

 

Medication Taste Potential Solution: Many medications can be flavored to enhance palatability.  

 

Side Effect Intolerance Potential Solution: Customize the medication to alleviate or reduce the side effect(s).

 

Economic Hardship Potential Solution: Drug combinations in a single dosage form, e.g., NSAIDS and analgesics or analgesics and anti-nauseates, can be customized. Such combinations can reduce the cost of some medications.

 

Patients Not Responding To Conventional Medication

Drug Therapy – Medication is not working or bringing about the desired therapeutic outcome. Potential Solution: Compound the required medication based upon a written prescription to improve therapeutic outcome. ©

 

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