When Should You Use Compound Medicine?
When most people think about medicine, they picture pre-packaged pharmaceuticals, such as the products you see on store shelves. These medicines are packaged in a way that makes them useful for most people, but it leaves consumers with less choice when it comes to the strength of the medication they take. For example, if you want to take 100mg of aspirin, you'll run into trouble since most over-the-counter aspirin has more than 250mg per tablet. However, there is a way for consumers to get medicine that's different from what's commercially available. Uptown Rx Pharmacy can help patients who need customized treatments by offering medicine compounding services. In this brief article, we’ll explain what medicine compounding is and when you should consider using it.
A compound medicine is made by combining, mixing, or altering ingredients to create a medical treatment tailored to the needs of an individual patient. Compounding includes the combining of two or more drugs. For example, if your doctor needs to give you custom treatment for a skin condition, they can prescribe a compound medicine that has everything you need in one cream or salve.
Compounding medicine can sound strange the first time someone hears about it since most people are used to buying branded pharmaceuticals. However, compound medicines are an essential part of the health care system, and there are many situations when patients may need to use compound medicine. Patients with allergies to certain ingredients and dyes can't take medicine in its over-the-counter form. Compounding medicine can be used to provide the same benefits without the substance the patient has to avoid.
Any doctor can write a prescription for a compounded medication. However, doctors in certain fields are more likely to prescribe compound medicines. Medicines that are tailored to the patient come up often when working with dermatologists, pain specialists, podiatrists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, and veterinarians.
At Uptown Rx Pharmacy, we are able to compound medications for both humans and pets. Because compound medicines are tailored for each patient, it’s vital to get the medication formula right. We can work with your physician or veterinarian to come up with a dosage form that is individualized to your treatment needs.
While many compound medicines are cream, Uptown Rx Pharmacy can handle much more. We can compound a custom capsule, cream, troche, suppository, or liquid formulation. At this time, we do not make any sterile compounds such as ophthalmic preparations, chemo drugs, or sterile IV preparations. However, we will gladly help you find a pharmacy that does.
A one-size-fits-all approach isn't always the best way to go with medical treatments. If you think you might benefit from compound medicine, consider bringing up the topic with your doctor. Compound medicine can help treat conditions while eliminating some of the unintended adverse effects. Contact us online if you want to learn more about the medicine compounding services at Uptown Rx Pharmacy.