Customized drugs that are produced by a licensed pharmacist by mixing ingredients to fit the unique needs of a patient are called compounded medications. In the olden times, before the mass manufacturing pharmaceutical industry emerged, compounded medications were the primary form of providing prescription drugs to patients.
A compounding pharmacy with specially trained pharmacists can today create custom tailored drugs using advanced medical knowledge and state of the art technology. Customized dosage and convenient delivery mechanisms are the other elements that set compounded medications apart from mass-produced commercial drugs.
Need for Compounded Drugs
The popularity and acceptance of compounded drugs has been on the rise. Patients may need these medications for one or more of the following reasons:
- The patient may need a specific medication that is not being produced commercially or has been discontinued.
- A specific ingredient or hormone may or may not be required.
- The dosage strength of the medication may need to be modified.
- The commercial drug may have certain dyes, preservatives or binders that may cause allergy to the patient.
- The patient may need an alternative mode of drug delivery.
American Integrative Pharmacy combines the traditional pharmacy with Internet-based pharmacy for online prescription refills to reach out to patients all over the US. The pharmacy can prepare medications in custom dosage forms such as liquids, capsules, troches, topical gels and creams, drops, lozenges, foam suppositories, and sprays.
Flavors in oral medications can be modified to improve compliances for specific patients. AIP can even prepare lollipops and infant pacifiers that are provided in childproof packaging. Troches for placing below the tongue for quick absorption in the bloodstream can be provided. If the patient is having difficult to swallow capsules or tablets, the pharmacists at AIP can compound them in oral form and add flavoring.
In many cases, AIP compounds creams, gels, lotions, sprays foams and lip balms for topical applications. They are used widely because the ingredients are absorbed directly through the skin and gastro-intestinal irritation is avoided. For inflammation and pain management, topical compounded medications can be very useful. AIP is an integrative pharmacy in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County and other areas in Southern California.
Each patient will have a unique health condition, including different symptoms and varying tolerance to medications. Mass produced commercial drugs cannot address the specific needs of a patient in every case. AIP’s pharmacists can customize the prescribed capsules to match with the patient’s requirements. AIP also provides vegetarian capsules produced from cellulose instead of gelatin.
AIP is leading the compounded medication industry with the introduction of advanced formulations of T4/T3 combinations as well as highly assimilable time-released T3. The pharmacy’s unique T3 compound has exceptional absorption to help patients achieve better results. In addition to thyroid, the pharmacy also compounds customized formulations of Cortisol, Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone for hormone replacement therapy. The mission of AIP is to continue to create innovative products that can help to improve the quality of life of patients.
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.