You may know about the phrase compounded medication or compounding pharmacy, but do you actually know what it means? Here at Cody Drug, we pride ourselves on providing the Sulphur Springs community with top-notch healthcare and the resources you need on your wellness journey. One of the ways we do that is by offering compounding services for the whole family. Keep reading to find the answer to one of our most frequently asked questions – what is a compounding pharmacy?
What is compounding?
As a compounding pharmacy, we go beyond simply refilling prescriptions! Our team of trained professionals can create custom formulations of a drug, whether you require a specific dosage strength or a different form of medication. These personalized medicines are by prescription from your doctor, and we work closely with you and your doctor to make sure you are getting the best possible solution. We consider your medical history and preferences before tailoring the medication for optimal absorption and effectiveness. Compounding also allows us to remove allergens such as gluten or dyes, as well as make sugar-free, alcohol-free, and preservative-free medications. And this service is not limited to adults– we can customize formulas for children and even pets! For example, a compounding option is to add a flavoring that your child will like, or take a capsule that is difficult to administer to your pet and turn it into a tasty treat they’ll gobble down within seconds!
How can compounded medications benefit you?
There are many situations where a compounded medication can be beneficial. For example, if swallowing pills is difficult, we can make a topical cream or syrup for easier administration. Also, in some cases, the commercially available drugs are in standardized dosage forms that may not be suitable for your own requirements, so taking a compounded form is much more convenient! As previously mentioned, a compounding pharmacy can also remove unwanted ingredients, such as preservatives and other allergens that are medically necessary for you not to ingest. Each person is completely unique, and we firmly believe that your medication should be too!
Who makes compounded medication?
We hope we have answered the question of what a compounding pharmacy is, but now we want to highlight the people who actually perform the compounding services and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into our process. First, a pharmacist must be trained and licensed in the art of compounding, and our professionals are well-qualified and passionate about providing the best compounding solutions for the whole family. Second, these licensed pharmacists must work in a lab with the highest standards of safety and quality. Our on-site compounding lab is equipped with the latest technology and provides a controlled and safe environment for our staff to carefully mix compounded medicines.
If you have ever wondered, “What is a compounding pharmacy?” now you know the answer! We welcome you to stop by or reach out to us for more information about our compounding services and how we can specifically help you. Cody Drug is proud to provide exceptional care and service for our hometown!