Usually, when doctors write a prescription, the patient takes it to a pharmacy and returns home with commercially manufactured drugs and treatments. But when a patient has specific conditions or needs a specialized dosage that’s commercially unavailable, it’s time for the compounding pharmacist to get to work. And when it comes to pediatric patients, pharmacists can go into the laboratory and create treatments designed to make taking medicine easier for babies, toddlers, pre-teens, and teenagers. Here, HB Pharmacy discusses how and why prescription medications may be compounded for children.
What Is the Process of Compounding Medications?
Compounding takes place in a laboratory and is performed by qualified pharmacists. When pediatric patients need customized medications, the pharmacist mixes ingredients, often combining two or more drugs, or alters the form of the medicine to fit a specific profile.
A young child who is unable to safely swallow pills, tablets, or capsules might be one such profile. Several medications are routinely offered for children through compounding pharmacy services. They might need compounding to create the drug in liquid form, or as a topical treatment for the skin, depending on the illness or disorder.
Common Considerations in Compounding for Children
Flavorings are perhaps the most common consideration for compounding medicine. When children do not like the taste of medicine it’s harder to ensure their compliance and can prolong illness. Additionally, the whole process becomes much more unpleasant for both the caregiver and the child. But there are many other reasons for compounding when patients are children.
Sometimes the physical condition of the young patients makes taking oral medication impossible. Commercial medications may not be available in an appropriate dose for children. And individuals with sensory processing disorders or who are on special diets often benefit from the help of a compounding pharmacist.
Allergies are another common reason for compounding drugs for children. Commercially available drugs and treatments may contain an allergen or irritant. This can lead to more symptoms and make treatment more difficult, or even dangerous. Some common allergies among children include:
- Refined sugar
- Peanuts and tree nuts
- Lactose and casein
Additionally, when treatments are refused or not tolerated, they can become counterproductive. A change in form, taste, texture, or method of delivery can influence treatment positively and aid in better care. Several alternative forms can be useful when compounding medicine for children, including:
- Applications to the skin
- Lozenges, lollipops, and gummies
- Fast-dissolving tablets or slow-release options
- Powders, oils, and foams
- Suspensions and other solutions
- Popsicles and effervescent drinks
The Benefits of Compounding Medications for Children
Compounding enables children to accept medicines more easily. And this can lead to more effective treatments. Customized products and services are created to assist in the treatment of a variety of illnesses. At HB Pharmacy, we have reformulated drugs and treatments prescribed for the following conditions:
- Head lice
- Diaper rash and other skin disorders
- Fungal infections, such as thrush
- Pain relief
- Acid reflux
- Respiratory disorders
- Acne and cold sores
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sore throats and tonsilitis
- Recovery after dental procedures
Getting Customized Medications for Your Child
If you or your child has allergies that prevent taking either over-the-counter or prescription drugs, consult the compounding pharmacists at HB Pharmacy. As a third-generation family business, we understand sick children and are truly dedicated to the health and wellness of the greater community. We also take special pride in our compounding services for pediatric patients.
With an expanded, state-of-the-art compounding laboratory on-site and a staff of highly trained and experienced pharmacists, HB Pharmacy welcomes the opportunity to help care for you and your children in the Northern New Jersey area. Our pharmacists work closely with medical professionals to create the best possible customized medicines. We can also assist with any needed supplements and vitamins. To learn more about us and our services, contact us today.