Why do I need compounded medications?

A compounding pharmacist is a problem-solver working with the patient and physician to gain a positive therapeutic outcome. The profession of pharmacy has always been based on this triad relationship. There are many reasons to use compounded medications, including the following:

  • Need for varied dosage form (liquid vs. tablet or capsule)
  • Strength needed is not commercially available
  • Patient allergic to dyes or fillers
  • Medication of choice has been discontinued
  • Problem not responding to conventional treatment
  • Bad taste prohibits patient from taking medication
  • Difficulty or inability to swallow
  • Need to incorporate more than one drug in a dosage form