What is a Compound Medication? It’s not just one answer. Compounded medications are personalized unlike what you’d get from a typical pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens. It goes beyond adding flavors, though that’s certainly a part of it. Compounded medications are created by mixing individual ingredients together to create a personalized dose based on your doctor’s recommendations. It’s a recipe written by your doctor and “cooked” by your pharmacist.
The pharmacist and your doctor work together closely to give you the best possible medication to treat your specific needs.
Prior to the 1950s when mass produced drug manufacturing came to the forefront, all medications were compounded by a local pharmacist. As mass production of medications became the new normal, pharmacists became drug dispensers rather than medication creators.
Today, compounded medicines are typically used in hormones, veterinary medicine, urology, sinus therapies, dermatology, anti-aging formulas, Lyme disease support, and pediatrics. They can be used to treat any condition.
This one size fits all approach to treatment seemed to work well for many years. Now, it seems like the pendulum may be starting to swing back the other way.
New research is beginning to show that DNA testing can be used to determine which medications and dosages would be most helpful to individual patients. While this is still in its infancy, as the field grows, compounded medicines are likely to be used more to create specific treatments based on an individual’s DNA.
As incidents of food allergies such as nuts and gluten continue to rise, compounded medicines are likely to come into play. A trained pharmacist can create a compounded medication with all the helpful ingredients. Most important, they can eliminate the ones likely to trigger an allergic reaction.
As with any medication, speak with your doctor to find out if compounded medicines are right for you.