5 Benefits of a Compounding Pharmacy

Compounding Pharmacy

Not every patient benefits from a one-size-fits-all approach to taking medication. When you fill a typical prescription at a general pharmacy, your medication comes in predetermined strengths and formulations. A compounding pharmacy, however, understands the unique needs of each patient and mixes medication in an individualized manner so that it’s uniquely your own. This means you get the dosage, formulation, and even flavor that fits your needs. Read on to learn five benefits of choosing a compounding pharmacy.

Taylor Family Practice provides high-quality, compassionate care for the entire family. Serving Humble, Texas, and surrounding areas, our providers take the time to listen and get to the root of your health issues. We work with compounding pharmacies to help patients achieve balanced health and well-being.

1. Change your dosage form

The large majority of medications are available in tablet and capsule form. Some patients may have special needs or a personal preference for different medication forms. Perhaps you have digestive issues that make it difficult to absorb your medication when swallowed. Some patients don’t like taking large pills or capsules.

If you’re getting a less-than-optimal response to your medication, you may benefit from a change in dosage form. A compounding pharmacy works with you to create an individualized dosage form that works best for you. Alternative dosage forms include liquid, patches, topical sprays, lozenges, suppositories, and transdermal gels.

Alternative dosage forms eliminate the need to switch medications for a drug that comes in a different dosage form. This is a major benefit of using a compounding pharmacy.

2. Customize inactive ingredients

Inactive ingredients are added to medications to provide binding and filling. Common binders and fillers include lactose, coloring, preservatives, dyes, artificial sweeteners, and common additives that keep medicines from falling apart and help them maintain a certain size.

Unfortunately, some patients are allergic or sensitive to certain substances added to medications. These substances can cause a wide variety of reactions, from rashes to life-threatening anaphylaxis. They can also cause less obvious symptoms, such as fatigue, sleep problems, or a low response to the medication.

A compounding pharmacy can formulate a medication without problematic ingredients.

3. Get out of stock and unavailable medications

Medications are occasionally out of stock or temporarily unavailable. A compounding pharmacy can obtain the bulk materials necessary to compound a similar preparation of the unavailable medications so that you won’t have to switch medication formulation in the event that a drug is out of stock.

4. Choose your flavoring

Children are especially sensitive to the taste of medications. It’s safe to say that it takes a lot of pressing to get a child to take a medication that they declare has a bad taste or aftertaste. The good news is that a compounding pharmacy can flavor each medication to suit individual palates, as well as eliminate aftertastes.

5. Simplify medication with combination formulation

Taking multiple medications can be inconvenient but is often necessary to control and manage medical conditions and keep you healthy. Instead of taking multiple, separate medications, a compounding pharmacy can help you simplify medication administration with combination preparations. Your compounding pharmacy can combine compatible medications into a single dose. This not only simplifies administration, but it can help patients better comply with their prescriptions.

Custom medications can be a game-changer for many patients. To learn more, contact Taylor Family Practice by calling our Humble, Texas, office. You can also schedule your appointment online.

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