So can I get a list of what you compound and a price list for that?
Because we are a compounding pharmacy, we are asked all the time about the medications we compound, and believe it or not, it's one of the hardest questions we're asked. Seems like it should be simple, though, right? That's what I used to think!
I wish I could show you the dilemma I have as I try to think how to even categorize the different types of medications we compound. To begin, there are the different types of medications we can compound, meaning the form of it. Do you like lozenges as opposed to creams? What about capsules? We compound suppositories and mouthwashes and pretty much anything you can think of.
And then there are the different types of medication within each form the medication takes. For example, you may have a cream, but it may be a pain cream or a cream that contains hormone replacement medication you're using to help regulate hormone levels that may have gone rogue.
After that, there are different strengths. Let's go back to the renegade hormone analogy for a minute. To say that everyone is different would be to be in the running for the latest Captain Obvious Award. But that applies to our hormones and all our medication in general. Everything. We have different metabolisms. We have different weights. We have different tolerance levels. Just as you wouldn't just start wearing my eye glasses if you found out you were near-sighted, so each of us needs the help of health professionals to decide which strength of medication is the best fit.
That's part of the beauty of compounded medication. If a particular strength either isn't working or is found to be too much, your doctor can adjust the dosage so that the medication is doing whatever you and your health provider want it to do.
And then there's the beauty of being able to combine medications into one. Hormone imbalance and pain are the two categories of compounded medication that come to mind. Often, with hormone replacement therapy, women especially need a combination of hormones to bring their levels back into balance. Rather than taking different medications for estrogen and progesterone, for example, your compounding pharmacist can combine the two, saving time and usually money.
With all the hundreds of medications and then combinations of those medications, it really is tough to put together a list and a price sheet for anyone to just be able to scan. The phrase "if you can dream it, we can make it" comes to mind!
Never one to shirk from a challenge, though, I wonder if, as I write, there may be a way. The enemy of "I can" is "I can't," so perhaps, as I'm mulling it over, there is a way. Until then, if there's something you're looking for, please feel free to stop by or give us a call. We really do love to hear from you and look forward to serving you however we can.