Frequently Asked Questions



What is compounding?

Compounding is the preparation of customized medications prescribed by a licensed practitioner. When it comes to medicine not always does “One Size Fit All”. Medications can be made in different strengths and dosage forms, tailored specifically to meet the needs of the patient. Compounding can provide medications that are dye-free, preservative-free, sugar-free, alcohol-free, and lactose/gluten/wheat-free for patients with allergies or other sensitivities.

Can my child (or my elderly parent) take compounded medication?

Yes. Children and the elderly are often the types of patients who benefit most from compounding. Often, parents have a tough time getting their children to take medicine because of the taste. A compounding pharmacist can work directly with the physician and the patient to select a flavoring agent, such as vanilla butternut or tutti frutti, which provides both an appropriate match for the medication’s properties and the patient’s taste preferences.

Compounding pharmacists also have helped patients who are experiencing chronic pain. For example, some arthritic patients cannot take certain medications due to gastrointestinal side effects. Working with their physician’s prescription, a compounding pharmacist can provide them with a topical preparation with the anti-inflammatory or analgesic their doctor has prescribed for them. Compounded prescriptions often are used for pain management in hospice care.

What kinds of prescriptions can be compounded?

Almost any kind. Compounded prescriptions are ideal for any patient requiring unique dosages and/or delivery devices, which can take the form of solutions, suppositories, sprays, oral rinses, lollipops and even as transdermal sticks. Compounding applications can include: Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Veterinary, Hospice, Pediatric, Ophthalmic, Dental, Otic (for the ear), Dermatology, Medication Flavoring, Chronic Pain Management, Neuropathies, Sports Medicine, Infertility, Wound Therapy, Podiatry and Gastroenterology.

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are a natural alternative to synthetic hormones.  Based on your physician's recommendation, we can customize plant-derived hormones to address your unique needs. 

Why would I use bioidentical hormones instead of synthetic hormones?

You may find that the synthetic hormones are not meeting your needs because they are only available in a certain form or dosage.  Customization can occur in the form in which they are administered including: gels, creams, capsules, troches (a small lozenge), or sublingual drop. Customization can also occur in the dosage of the bioidentical hormones. 

Do I need a prescription for bioidentical hormones?

You will need a prescription from your physician before beginning any type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

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