Compounding medications offer numerous benefits in situations where a patient cannot receive commercially produced mass medications due to some reason. American Integrative Pharmacy (AIP), led by Dr. Neema Yazdanpanah, provides compounding medications to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and nationwide.
Allowing the Use of Discontinued Medications
A patient may sometimes need a drug that has been discontinued by the manufacturer because of its low demand. Large pharmaceutical manufacturers will mass-produce the drug only as long as they have enough patients who need it. They are unable to help a patient who still needs that drug once it has been discontinued.
A compounding pharmacist can re-create that medication by compounding it. Effectively, even if only one patient in the country still needs that medication, they can have it because of the compounding pharmacy.
Making Medications Non-Allergic
Preservatives, dyes, lactose, gluten and sugar are some of the common ingredients in conventional medications. A patient may be allergic to or intolerant of one of these ingredients found in the commercially manufactured form of a medication. In such a situation, the compounding pharmacist can produce a customized formulation, which removes the allergy-inducing ingredient, while retaining all the essential ingredients of the primary medication.
Making Medications Easier to Use
Some medications have an unpleasant flavor, which makes the patient less likely to take it as directed. This problem is particularly common where the patient is a kid or a pet. A compounding pharmacist can flavor the medication to make it more palatable without compromising the medication’s efficacy. Compounding prescriptions can be custom made from scratch, and the flavor can even be chosen according to the patient’s personal preference.
Alternative Dosage Forms
Patients may sometimes experience difficult in taking the medication in its standard delivery form. In such cases, compounding medications can be used to create a more convenient and palatable alternative dosage form. For instance, patients who have difficulty swallowing a pill may find it easier to take their medication in a pleasantly flavored liquid form.
Some medications can even be compounded in a topical form, such as a cream or a gel that will bypass the digestive system and penetrate directly into the bloodstream. Compounding pharmacists can offer various dosage forms according to the patient’s choice.
Offering Unique Services
At a dedicated compounding pharmacy, identifying the patient’s needs would be the first priority. They will address the patient’s unique characteristics such as their age, health condition, current side effects that they may be experiencing with conventional medications, and their personal concerns and preferences.
A compounding pharmacist has an opportunity to offer personalized, niche services, which they typically do not receive at other pharmacies. They can apply their wide drug knowledge to help the patient and the prescribing physician to create a customized treatment plan for best results, especially in cases where conventional medications have failed to work.
AIP receives patients from Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and nationwide for a wide range of compounding treatments.
American Integrative Pharmacy is located in Lomita, CA serving residents in and around Orange County, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Torrance and surrounding areas. Online prescription sales are available across the US.