Yes! Children and the elderly are often the types of patients who benefit most from compounding.
It is common for parents to 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 bubble gum, grape, tutti frutti, or vanilla butternut, which provides both an appropriate match for the medication’s properties and the patient’s taste preferences.
Just think – no more wasting medicine when a cranky patient spits it out!
Compounding pharmacists also can help patients who experience chronic pain. For example, some arthritic patients cannot take certain medications due to gastrointestinal side effects. Working with a physician’s prescription, a compounding pharmacist can provide these patients’ anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving medicationsas topical preparationsthat can be absorbed through the skin.
Compounded prescriptions frequently are used to ease pain, nausea, and other symptoms for hospice patients as well.