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Compounding

What is it?

Compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications designed to suit every patients individual and unique needs.


How Does Compounding Benefit Me?

Compounding is beneficial to you because of the fact that the medication is designed entirely to suit your individual needs/ preferences in terms of taking drugs. Whether it be the fact that; you can't swallow pills, that the drug you need does not come in the dose that you require, that the drug you need is no longer available from the manufacturer, or even the fact that you are allergic to certain dyes, preservatives, or ingredients found in commercially available medications. We can deal with all of these problems and many more by specially compounding your medication just for you.

Is Compounding Expensive?

In most cases compounding is no more expensive than commercially available products. The price of a compound will depend on the ingredients, the equipment required and the time the pharmacist spends researching and preparing the medication. Fortunately, as PCCA (Professional Compounding Centres of America) members, we have access to pure-grade quality chemicals which dramatically lower costs and allow us to be competitive with commercially manufactured products.

Does my Prescriber Know About Compounding? Compounding is becoming increasingly popular within many practitioners' practices. However, some doctors may not be aware of compounding due to aggressive marketing from drug manufacturers. If this is the case, discuss with your doctor why you would like a compounded medication or come and talk to us and we will be able to work with you and your doctor to come up with a compound that is suitable for your needs.

What Kinds of Prescriptions can be Compounded?
Almost any kind of prescription can be compounded into a unique formulation just for you!  Some examples of what we can make include:

  • capsules
  • topical dosage forms (creams, ointments and lotions)
  • dental preparations
  • discontinued combinations
  • flavour specialization
  • lip balms
  • oral suspensions
  • pediatric formulations
  • preservative free formulations
  • rectal and vaginal suppositories
  • vaginal creams
  • veterinary formulations
Areas in Which Compounding is Especially Useful Include:

Pediatrics:

Do you find yourself struggling to give your children their medications?  We can help! Children are especially suited for custom compounded prescriptions for various reasons. First of all many children hate taking or just plain can't take commercially available medications because they are either too hard to swallow, don't taste very good or may even be made in too high of a dose for younger patients. If this is the case we can work with your child and your doctor to come up with a dosage form and flavour that your child will find much easier and more enjoyable to take. For example, many medications can be easily incorporated into an oral suspension and flavoured according to your childs' taste preferences.  Although we may not be able to make taking medications fun we will be able to make taking medications much less stressful and a lot more tasty!

Pain Management:

Are you suffering from arthritis, sports injuries or neuropathic pain? We can help!! Certain arthritis/ pain medications can cause unwanted side effects, such as GI irritation, when taken on a regular basis. Why not minimize/prevent these side effects by applying a compounded topical gel directly to the affected area? Has nothing worked for the neuropathic pain you are experiencing? Get us to combine several different effective neuropathic pain medications that act on different pathways into one compound to prevent all pain at once. Ask our pharmacists to see what we can do for your pain.

Veterinary Compounding: Does your dog/ cat hate taking pills from the vet? Can your dog/ cat somehow manage to eat all of the peanut butter and cheese surrounding a pill yet still not take the pill itself? We can help!! Veterinary medicine can benefit substantially from compounding. Drugs for your animal can be compounded into several dosage forms that are appropriate for your pets condition and taste preferences. We realize that all animals have different taste preferences and we can work with you to figure out which flavour is best suited for your pet. For example, dogs normally prefer liver or chicken flavour, while cats would rather have fish flavoured medication. We can make compounds for picky animals of all shapes and sizes. From dogs, cats and horses to more exotic animals such as monkeys and parrots. You name the animal and condition and we can help you out as best as we can!

BHRT (Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy): Are you interested in BHRT? Talk to one of our pharmacists to see if it is right for you. We can work with you and your doctor to get you on a dose of hormones that is suited specifically to your symptoms and condition. Click here to read our detailed article explaining more about BHRT.
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