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What is Compounding?

Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. Compounded medications are “made from scratch” – individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength, dosage and form required by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs.

Why Choose Compounding?

Compounding may be done for medically necessary reason, such as to change the form of the pharmaceutical ingredients. It may also be done for more optional reasons, such as adding flavors to a medication or otherwise altering taste and texture.

Is Compounding right for me?

If you or a loved one ever had difficulty taking medication then compounding may be able to help.

Many people experience issues such as these:

  • Stomach upset when taking oral medication
  • Reluctance to take the medication due to its taste
  • Difficulty swallowing pills
  • Requiring a different dose of medication than that which is available from a manufacturer
  • Patients who don’t want to take medication at all, especially children or pets

A compounding pharmacist may be able to provide solutions for challenges such as these. Working closely with the patient and the prescriber, compounding gives the pharmacist the means to customize medication to meet the individual needs of each patient.


A patient may be allergic to or intolerant of an ingredient commonly found in the commercially manufactured form of a medication.

Ingredients that may be allergy-inducing include:

  • Lactose
  • Preservatives
  • Dyes
  • Gluten
  • Sugar

A compounding pharmacist can create a personalized medication, formulated to give the patient the treatment they need while leaving out the problematic ingredient.

Compounding Pharmacists Make Medication Easier to Use

Some medications have a very unpleasant flavor, which makes the patient less likely to take it as directed. A compounding pharmacist can flavor many medications to make it more palatable without compromising the medication’s effectiveness. This is especially handy when dealing with medications for patients who may refuse medication, such as young children, elderly patients, or even pets!

A patient may need their medication in a different dosage form. For instance, patients who have difficulty swallowing a pill may find it easier to take their medication in a pleasantly flavored liquid form. 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.

FAQ’s about Compounding

By compounding your prescription we can:

  • Meet specific patient needs beyond manufacturers’ available products such as pediatric dosing.
  • Provide medications not yet available or medications no longer available.
  • Deliver unique dosage forms such as: suppositories, transdermal products, capsules, troches, lotions, and creams.
  • Formulate compounds with special flavors and scents to make the medicine more palatable

Our skilled compounding staff combines decades of experience with modern technology to provide the best in compounded medications. At Pharmacy 1 we compound prescriptions to meet a variety of patient needs.