Monday, September 28, 2015

What Is A Compounding Pharmacy And Why They Are Unique

by Patrick Thompson

Everyone is unique. "One size fits all" doesn't work well in so many instances. Medications are no exception. Since our size varies greatly, the amount of medication needed for a 100 pound women would not be identical to a 300 pound man. Our body's reactions and sensitivities to medicines are not the same either. These differences have led many to seek help from compounding pharmacies, where prescriptions are individually customized for each person.

Dosage, form and precise mixtures are decided by a licensed pharmacist according to a doctor's or naturopath's tests and findings and also based on what the patient is presently taking. Factors such as age, existing health problems and difficulty in taking medications are taken in consideration.

For example, compounding pharmacies can make smaller, safer doses for pediatrics. This eliminates crushing or cutting pills with varying results. If your child is balking at taking that "icky" tasting medicine, how about a pleasantly flavored one like bubblegum or chocolate? No worries that they will chug down the whole thing because with these specially formulated meds comes child-proof packaging. Many people have difficulty swallowing pills. At a "Uniquely Yours" Pharmacy you may be able to get your prescription formulated as a liquid. Some medicines deplete nutrients. These nutrients may be added to your medication making it safer. You will have less pills to take if two medications can be combined in one capsule.

Your cat or dog may not want to swallow what your veterinarian has prescribed.You sneak the pills into their food. They eat around the food or throw it up. Put the pill down their throat and risk being bit. Yes, there are compounding pharmacies to benefit both you and your pet. What cat wouldn't enjoy a fishy smelling medication?Some medicines provided by compounding pharmacies are not commercially available. If you prefer a more natural approach, you may appreciate ingredients derived from plants rather than chemicals.

Some women have benefited from Bio-identical Hormones provided by some compounding pharmacies. This therapy can be administered in appropriate amounts with pills, patches, gels or suppositories to help promote hormonal balance in women with menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and sleep disorders. Men also have taken advantage of some of the specialty medications that are available at compounding pharmacies for such health issues such as erectile dysfunction, low sex drive, and fungal infections.

Commercial medicines may use dyes, lactose, corn, soy or sugar and other ingredients that can cause an allergic reaction in some patients. You won't find these nonessential fillers or colors at compounding pharmacies since they are made "on the spot."Pain management for such problems as arthritis, migraines and fibromyalgia may be helped by going to a compounding pharmacy. Some pain killers that are used for these problems have extensive warnings about side effects like stomach irritation, ulcers or potential heart problems. A compounding pharmacy may be able to administer a like dose with topical application on the site of the pain or use a nasal spray or suppository.Compounding pharmacies are becoming a way to further individualize care of patients.

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