Compounding medication is when a trained pharmacist, or pharmacy personnel, mixes individual ingredients together to make a patient a medication that is tailored to a specific patient. With compounding, the pharmacist is able to ensure that the patient received their medication needs by working close with both the patient and their physician. There are various reasons why a patient may need compounded medication. Below, we’ve outlined 3 of the most essential things you should know about compounding medication and how it can be beneficial to you.
Compounding medication allows for a patient to receive a medication that is easier for them to take. Medication may have a nasty taste or flavor and some patients find it difficult, or even impossible, for them to take the medication in their original form. The pharmacy is able to make the medication taste more tolerable through compounding medication. Additionally, some patients find that they are unable to swallow pills. Therefore, compounding medication allows the pharmacy to make a medication into liquid form although it may not be manufactured in that form. Compounding medication also allows medication to be made available in topical form so a patient may find that they do not need to swallow the medication at all.
Often medications are discontinued or difficult to find. Rather than a patient going under the stress of bouncing pharmacy to pharmacy to find a medication that their physician prescribed, compounding medication can make this task easier for the patient. Pharmacies can compound medications together to allow the patient to receive their medication dose that they were unable to find. If a medication once worked for a patient but it has been discontinued, a pharmacy can retrieve the ingredients that were in the medication and duplicate it through compounding medication. Through this service, patients do not need to worry about losing the care that they’ve been accustomed of receiving simply because the medication is no longer available through a manufacturer.
Lastly, compounding medication allows patients to receive medication that they may not be able to take due to an allergy. Oftentimes, patients may find that they are unable to take a medication because of a sensitivity to an ingredient in the medication, such as the dye that in the medication. Pharmacies can find a way to compound the medication to omit the dye so the patient is able to receive the active ingredient without having an allergic reaction.
Compounding medication can be very beneficial to patients for various reasons such as finding discontinued medication, making it allergy free, or simply changing the form. Next time you receive a medication from your patient, consider if the medication needs to be compounded. Talk to your pharmacist regarding compounding medication and how it can benefit you.