Pediatric Compounding - more effective than a spoonful of sugar

Compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. In recent years, compounding has experienced a resurgence, as many physicians are working with pharmacists to offer their patients the benefit of medicines tailored specifically for certain needs. Children are especially suited for custom compounded prescriptions, as commercially manufactured drug forms are often not the best solutions for kids.

Working closely with a compounding pharmacist, your child's pediatrician can prescribe medications for pain relief, respiratory disorders, oral thrush, diabetes, head lice, diaper rash, skin disorders, cold sores/fever blisters and more. Compounding can benefit patients in a variety of ways.

The child who refuses lo take his or her medicine because of the taste is a prime opportunity for considering compounded medication. Dozens of flavors are available lo compounding pharmacists, who can enhance the taste and color of a medication, while also ensuring that the flavor's pH is compatible with the medication's properties. Your child won't mind taking medicine as much when it tastes like bubblegum or even chocolate.

Many children have a very difficult time swallowing capsules or tablets, especially if they have to take more than one medication during the day. To solve this problem, your pediatrician and compounding pharmacist can develop and prepare medications in alternate dosage forms your child won't mind taking. These include lollipops, gummy bears, syrups, suspensions, freezer pops, lozenges, trans-dermal gels and even pacifier dosages for infants - and all can be administered in any number of great flavors.

Your child is unique. Children vary in size and weight. Some have allergies and varying drug tolerances. As a result, it's often a challenge to find a commercially available medication suitable for the individual needs of your child. A compounding pharmacist can be of help in formulating a medication which comes in the exact dose needed for a child of a certain age and size.