The Benefits of Using a Compounding Pharmacy
Occasionally, your doctor might prescribe a medication that isn’t commercially available. Maybe the medication has been discontinued by drug manufacturers, or you need a special dosage or other adjustments. That’s where a compounding pharmacy comes in.
Compounding pharmacists use base ingredients to create medications customized to a patient’s unique needs. Here are some of the benefits of using a compounding pharmacy.
Have you ever cut a pill into smaller pieces in order to take the dosage recommended by your doctor?
Commercial drug manufacturers generally produce medications in the dosages that are most common. But depending on your age, height, weight, gender, and other factors, the amount of medication you need might fall outside of the available dosages.
When you get your medication from a compounding pharmacy, splitting pills isn’t necessary.
At Hawthorne, our compounding pharmacists can make medication that has the exact dosage you need, as specified by your physician.
Different ways to take medication
It doesn’t always work for a patient to take their medication in its most commonly available form.
For example, pills can be painful or difficult to swallow for some patients, and it might be better for them to take prescription medication as a lozenge or a gel applied to the skin.
Depending on the specific medication and the needs of the patient, we can compound medications that take the following forms:
- Capsules (immediate release or slow-release)
- Drops or lozenges
- Gels or creams for application on the skin
- Sterile injections
Adjustments for taste and allergies
Did you know compounding pharmacies can even make your medication taste better?
This can be especially helpful for children who don’t want to take their medication because of its bitter taste.
We can also reformulate a prescription to account for allergies or sensitivities to non-essential ingredients like wheat, dairy, or gelatin.
It’s not just for humans, either. Whether to prevent allergic reactions or simply to make medicine taste better, we can customize veterinary prescriptions for your pets.
Other specialty medications
Besides the ability to alter dosage, delivery method, and taste, a compounding pharmacy like Hawthorne can provide medications that are not available at big chain pharmacies.
For example, we can sometimes combine two medications into one capsule to limit the number of pills you have to take.
Or perhaps you need a drug that’s been discontinued by a pharmaceutical manufacturer. We may be able to make a replacement.
Hawthorne can also provide Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to those who qualify.
Ready to get started?
Whether a one-time prescription or ongoing medications, we're ready to go the extra mile to get you the help you need.
As one of the few pharmacies in the area that offers compounding, we take it very seriously and adhere to strict quality and safety standards.
Ready to get started? Transferring your prescriptions is easy, and we offer free local next-day delivery Monday through Friday. You can even order medication refills and communicate with our pharmacists through the RxLocal App !