A prime advantage of compounding is the ability to customize medications. What is the easiest way to customize? Flavouring! Flavouring turns yucky-tasting prescriptions into medication that kids like. Great for adults and pets too! Compounding pharmacists have access to many flavour combinations which can enhance the taste and colour of medications to make them easier to swallow.
Have a child who has difficulty taking a prescription?
Taste is likely the prime reason. But, he or she won’t mind taking medication that tastes like bubblegum, watermelon, or even chocolate. Working closely with a physician, our pharmacists can even change the dosage form to a lollipop, gummy bear, frozen popsicle or lozenge.
Many adults also may benefit from flavoured medication. As people age or battle a chronic illness, taste preferences can change. Often, sweet flavours can become unbearable or bitter flavours may cause nausea. In these instances, your compounding pharmacist can alter or mask certain flavours in order to make medicine more palatable without changing the medicine itself. When re-flavouring antibiotics for instance, careful consideration is given to the measurement of pH in order to maintain the medicine’s stability. Whether you prefer a distinct flavour or no flavour at all compounded medication may benefit you.
Cats, dogs and exotic pets are also candidates for flavoured medication. Cats don’t like pills, but they do like fish. Dogs don’t appreciate a squirt of traditional amoxicillin into their mouth, but they will gladly take it if it tastes like chicken. Our compounding pharmacists can work closely with you and your veterinarian to prepare custom-flavoured medications to fit the tastes and preferences of all your pets
One of the greatest challenges in prescription medication is a simple fact: some patients just do not like taking medicine. From a child who can’t stand the taste of cough syrup to a cat who absolutely refuses to take an antibiotic. Customized preparations allow for removal of problem-causing additives. Compounding is also ideal for unavailable medications or combination prescriptions.