October 29, 2020

Examples of Compounded Medications

If you have ever needed a personalized prescription, or were unable to get the custom medications you need, a compounding pharmacy may be a good resource for you. The Healthy Choice compounding pharmacy has years of experience in formulating the medicines that patients need to combat their symptoms and move forward with their lives. 

But you may be wondering what compounding is, how it works, and what some examples of compounded medications are. Read on to have these questions answered.

What Does It Mean to Compound Medications?

Compounded medications are critical to patients who need treatment that is not readily available through commercially available prescription drugs. A compounding pharmacy is responsible for formulating customized medications that meet the unique needs of a patient. 

For example, maybe a patient needs a smaller or higher dosage of a specific medication. At a traditional pharmacy, the dose is standard, but by seeing a compounding pharmacy, the patient may be able to obtain a customized dosage of their medication. 

Tailoring prescription medications to the needs of a patient can help increase an individual’s quality of life and even help them recover from their medical condition, depending on the circumstances of their case. Although compounded medications are not currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they can be essential when it comes to certain individualized patient treatments.

Types of Compounded Medications

The types of medications that can be compounded are endless. But you may be interested to learn that there are also different ways that medications can be delivered through compounding. For example, maybe you need to take a specific type of medication, but that particular medication is traditionally only available through oral pills. 

If you are unable to take oral pills, a compounding pharmacy may be able to formulate the medication in a different way so that you can still deliver the medication to your body. Some of the different types of delivery options include:

  • Injectables
  • Serums
  • Creams
  • Lozenges
  • Gels
  • Suppositories
  • Capsules

Unfortunately, many patients who could benefit from compounded medications are unable to obtain them due to the cost. Because compounded medications are not FDA approved, many insurance companies will not provide coverage for compounded medications. It all depends on your individual health insurance policy and the details of your medical case. 

In some cases, the compounded medication may be inexpensive enough that you can afford to pay for the custom drug out of your own pocket. But in others, the cost may be far more than you are able to cover on your own. If your health insurance is giving you a hard time about a customized prescription medication, speak with your physician and your compounding pharmacist to determine what the best option is in your case.

Contact a Qualified Compounding Pharmacy

If you are interested in getting a custom medication formulated by The Healthy Choice compounding pharmacy, you can give us a call at 914-238-1700 or complete the quick contact form below to discuss your individual health needs with a professional compounding pharmacist.