Pediatric Compounding – more effective than a spoonful of sugar.
There’s nothing fun about being sick, and taking medicine just makes it seem worse. But it doesn’t have to be that way. While there’s no guarantee that taking medicine will ever become an entirely pleasurable event, there are some ways to help.
Children are especially suited for custom compounded prescriptions. For various reasons, commercially manufactured drug forms sometimes may not meet the needs of every child. 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 sore/fever blisters and more.
Many children refuse medication because of its texture or color, or simply because they know it is medicine. The child who refuses to take his or her medicine because of the taste is a prime candidate for compounded medication. Many medications can be transformed into colorful, pleasantly flavored dosage forms, which are dispensed in childproof packaging. Dozens of enticing flavors are available to compounding pharmacists, who can enhance the taste and color of a medication without changing the medication’s effectiveness.
Many children have a very difficult time swallowing capsules of 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 oral liquids, lollipops, gummy treats, topical gels, effervescent drinks, and even pacifier or bottle dosages for infants – most can be administered in any number of great flavors.
Each child is unique. Children differ in size and individual needs. Some have allergies and varying drug tolerances, requiring medications which are sugar-free, gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free, or dye-free. As a result, it can be a challenge to find a commercially available medication suitable for your child’s special medication needs. A compounding pharmacist working closely with a caring pediatrician can formulate a medication which meets all the child’s requirements.
Your child deserves individualized pediatric care. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist today about personalized compounded prescriptions for children.