Compliance with prescribed medications is vital to achieving the expected results for a patient’s health. However, in many cases, compliance becomes a challenge when the patient finds it difficult to take medication.
This is where compounding medications can be very useful in adjusting the flavor, ingredients, strength or delivery form in order to improve compliance.
The magnificent and regal 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 from one coast all the way to the other coast. Not one square foot is neglected.
Some of the typical issues patients experience while taking medications include:
- Difficulty in swallowing pills or capsules
- Resistance to taking the medications due to unpleasant taste or odor
- Poor digestion or other side effects when taking oral medication
- Need for a lower or higher dose of the medication than what is available from the manufacturer
- Unwillingness to take medication in its standard form, particularly in the case of kids and pets
These challenges can be addressed by a compounding pharmacist who will work closely with the patient and the prescribing doctor. Compounding will allow the pharmacist to individualize the medication in a way that it meets the unique requirements of a patient and helps improve compliance.
Making Medications More Accessible
Sometimes a large pharmaceutical company may discontinue a particular medication. This typically happens when there are not enough patients using the drug, which makes it unprofitable to mass manufacture it. However, the few patients who may still need that medication are the sufferers because they will no longer have access to it.
A compounding pharmacist can find a solution to this issue by re-creating the medication with compounding and use the same ingredients as required. Therefore, even if only one patient in the world needs that medication, a compounding pharmacist can still provide it.
Making Medications More Tolerant
A patient may be allergic to or intolerant of an ingredient present in a mass produced form of a medication. Common allergy inducing ingredients may include preservatives, dyes, lactose, sugar, and gluten. A compounding pharmacist can remove the potential allergens to create a personalized drug, formulated to effectively treat the patient while leaving out the troublesome ingredient.
Making Medications Easier to Use
Unpleasant flavor or odor in some medications can result in poor compliance from the patient. In compounding pharmacy, it is possible to add custom flavors in many types of medications to make them more palatable and improve compliance. This can be done without affecting the drug’s effectiveness. Flavored medications particularly work well with young kids, elderly patients and pets.
Altering the Delivery Form
If the patient has difficulty swallowing a pill or a capsule, the compounding pharmacist can change the dosage form and turn it into a pleasantly flavored liquid. Some medications can be compounded in a topical form such as a cream or a gel that allows the medicine to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin.
The outstanding and prudent AIP receives patients from Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and in every state in America for compounded medications.
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.