There are many dosage forms available for those who have difficulty taking medicine. Some may be allergic to preservatives or dyes, have difficulty swallowing, or cannot tolerate the taste.
Precision Compounding Pharmacy is able to meet your needs through some of the following dosage forms:
Medication can be compounded into individually customized capsules, primarily in cases where an alternate strength is required or to omit potential allergens or irritants. To lessen the number of doses to be taken, multiple medications can often be combined into a single dosage or made into control release capsules.
For children who dislike the taste of some medicines, flavors of their choice can be added or some medications can even be delivered through flavored lollipops.
Lozenges are a popular dosage form used to keep drugs in the mouth when ‘local’ action is required orally. Troches are special “soft square and round-shaped tablets” that are made to dissolve in the buccal area of the mouth. This area between the gum and cheek or sublingual (directly under the tongue) allows the medication to enter the bloodstream quickly and easily. Lozenges and troches can be enhanced with natural sweeteners and pleasant tasting flavors such as peppermint, strawberry, raspberry and many more.
Insufflators are used to apply an extremely fine dry powder to the nose, throat, ears or body cavities, or topically for wounds. By squeezing a bulb, a patient can direct a powdered medication through a nozzle for direct application. Dry powder insufflators offer rapid onset of treatment, and can minimize adverse reactions by releasing small, accurate dosages. They are often used in the treatment of earaches.
Patients who cannot take medication orally are prime candidates for compounded suppositories. Available in various shapes depending on administration, suppositories can be given rectally, vaginally or urethrally. By melting or dissolving into the body cavity, they pass quickly into the bloodstream. They can be used for delayed-released medication, hormone replacement therapy, or to treat local conditions such as nausea, hemorrhoids, infection or inflammation
Transdermal methods of delivery are widely used because they allow the absorption of medicine directly through the skin. Gels, emulsion creams, sprays and lip balm stick applicators are easy to use and are effective in getting medicine into the bloodstream quickly. Because hormones are fatty molecules, many of them are absorbed very well through the skin. Therefore a cream or gel is a very convenient way to deliver the hormone into the system. With progesterone for instance, it is transported through the skin quite quickly into the fatty tissue where it is taken up slowly by the blood, attaching to the red blood cell membranes. From there it is available for use by the body. Dosing hormones this way avoids rapid breakdown by the liver, so a much smaller dose can be used. In many cases, transdermals are used to help avoid potential side effects such as stomach upset or drowsiness.
Many medications are not available in liquid forms for those patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules. Other patients may have problems tolerating the taste of a commercially available liquid. Through compounding, a pharmacist can make a naturally sweetened, pleasant-tasting oral solution or suspension that can be administered easily and accurately. Oral solutions and suspensions are also used in compounding eye drops, ear drops, sterile injections and nasal sprays.