What is “compounding”?
How does my medical provider play a role in compounding?
Are compounded prescriptions covered by insurance?
What makes compounded medications different from commercially available medications?
- Oral liquids can be compounded for those patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules.
- Ingredients such as dyes, preservatives or gluten are sometimes excluded from medications due to allergies or other sensitivities.
- Custom flavor enhancers or sweetening agents can be added to mask bitter or otherwise unpleasant oral products for human and veterinary patients.
- Multiple medications can often be combined into a single dosage or made into sustained-release capsules.
- Cellulose capsules are available for patients who do not want to take a gelatin capsule.
- Many medications can be formulated into topical preparations (gels, creams, lotions, sprays, and foams) to allow direct absorption through the skin and to avoid certain unwanted side effects.
- Troches (dosage form that dissolves under the tongue), lollipops and suppositories are other medication forms that may be prepared to meet your unique needs.
Does a compounding pharmacist have special training?
Is a prescription required for a compounded medication?
Yes, a prescription order from a physician is required for the pharmacist to compound your medication to meet your specific needs.
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