Pediatric Compounding Makes Taking Medicine Easier for Kids
Kids are right! Medicine can taste good and still help us feel better.
Most kids hate taking medicine. Can you blame them? Absolutely not. That's why, at Portico Pharmacy, one of our missions is to make it as easy as possible for kids to take the medicine they need. With compounded medication, our compounding pharmacists can match your child's favorite flavor, put the medicine in lollipops or account for specific allergies and dosage requests from your pediatrician.
Prescriptions and medications as unique as your child
Children are perfect candidates for custom compounded prescriptions for many reasons. Commercially manufactured drug forms sometimes may not meet the needs of every child. No one-size-fits-all method usually does. Compounding can benefit young patients in a variety of ways.
Working closely with a compounding pharmacist, your child’s pediatrician can prescribe medications for:
- Pain relief
- Respiratory disorders
- Oral thrush
- Head lice
- Diaper rash
- Skin disorders
- Cold sores/fever blisters
- And much more!
Many children refuse medication because of its texture or color, or simply because they know it is medicine. The child who refuses to take his or her medicine because of the taste is a prime candidate for compounded medication.
Many medications can be transformed into colorful, pleasantly flavored dosage forms, which are dispensed in childproof packaging. Dozens of enticing flavors are available to compounding pharmacists, who can enhance the taste and color of a medication without changing the medication’s effectiveness.
Unique Dosage Forms
Many children have a very difficult time swallowing capsules or tablets, especially if they have to take more than one medication during the day. To solve this problem, your pediatrician and compounding pharmacist can develop and prepare medications in alternate dosage forms your child won’t mind taking. These include:
- Oral liquids
- Gummy treats
- Topical gels
- Effervescent drinks
Some compounded medications can be administered using special pacifiers or bottles for infants – and most can be administered in any number of great flavors.
Strength and Ingredient Variations
Each child is unique. Children differ in size and individual needs. Some have allergies and varying drug tolerances, requiring medications which are sugar-free, gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free, or dye-free. As a result, can be a challenge to find a commercially available medication suitable for your child’s individual needs. A compounding pharmacist working closely with a caring pediatrician can formulate a medication which meets all the child’s requirements.
Your child deserves individualized pediatric care. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist today about personalized compounded prescriptions