Special Pediatric Needs

 

Children pose many challenges when it comes to taking medication. They may resist having to take medicine because they dislike the taste or texture, they may have difficulty swallowing solid dosage forms, or they may be fearful of injections.

Our pharmacists can compound oral medications into pleasantly flavored suspensions, solutions, concentrates, rapidly dissolving lozenges, gummies, freezer pops or  lollipops. They can also make these in colors that will entice the child to take the medication. A palatable formulation is more likely to improve compliance and minimizespillage or waste during administration.

For example: lollipops are an ideal alternative to “swish and swallow” medications that need to be retained in the mouth for a prolonged period of time. In addition, most drugs can be compounded into transdermal gels that can easily be applied to an appropriate site, such as the wrist, for absorption through the skin.

Professional compounding is not just diluting existing medications, or mixing powders with bases. Our compounding pharmacists must consider physical and chemical properties of each active and inactive ingredient in order to prepare an effective and safe customized medication with the desired taste, color, fragrance, viscosity, uniformity, texture, and stability. The efficacy of any compounded medication is influenced by the technique and equipment used in preparing the formulation, the purity and quality of the ingredients, choice of vehicle (base), and proper use of additives such as penetration enhancers. Some of the things compounded medications can help with are:

  • Acne
  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Cold Sores/Fever Blisters
  • Esophagitis
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Seizures
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Skin Disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Oral Thrush
  • Pain Relief
  • Diaper Rash

We work together with practitioners, children, and their families to customize medications and meet your child’s specific needs. Call us today, to find out if we can help with you and your child’s medication challenges.