Do you need compounded medicine?


Compounded medicines are a mixture of drugs that create a medication for specific needs. Compounding allows us to customise individual solutions for your needs when readily available medicines cannot achieve this. There are so many examples of its usefulness, such as;

  • You may require a particular non-essential ingredient to be removed from your medicine eg a particular preservative in a cream may cause irritation, or an additive may cause allergies. Other examples include lactose, gluten, dyes and sugar.
  • You may experience side effects from taking a medicine in tablet form. Applying it topically as a cream may overcome this problem.
  • A medicine is available in a form that you find difficult to use e.g. topical steroids in cream form. We can make them as lotions which are easier to apply, for example scalp psoriasis. Or you may have trouble swallowing tablets so need a medicine compounded as a liquid or even as a cream to be applied topically.
  • A child may not tolerate the flavour of the formulations that are on the market. 
  • A combination product may be more convenient than taking multiple doses of individual products.
  • Many vitamin supplements are in fixed dose combinations, which may not be exactly what you need. Sometimes it can be hard to find exactly the right mix, so now we will be able to make it up just as you need it.
  • A medication that works for you may be discontinued as it is not profitable for the pharmaceutical company to continue to make it. If the medicine is proven to be safe and effective, and it is available in its pure chemical form we can continue to make it for you.
    • Your pet may need medicine and won't take it in a tablet form. We can make it up for them in beef or tuna flavoured liquid. We can also compound it so that the dose is just right for your pet without having to halve or quarter tablets.
  • I'm excited about compounding as it gives us the opportunity to find solutions to problems that we previously were not able to help with. Please ask us if you think we may be able to help you.

    Diana Boot, Pharmacist & Nutritionist

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