Medication compounding is about the art and science of mixing two or more ingredients of medicine into the strength and form that are in compliance with the prescription needs of the doctor and the patient herself, and yet meeting the professional standard. This is very much of a personalized medicine practice.
In the early days, all the medication needs were dispensed through compounding pharmacy practice. However, since the invent of the mass pharmacy production, the role of the pharmacist has been reduced to the dispensing. The one size fits all of the mass drug production could not meets the need of the patient, and hence the resurgence of the new breed of trained pharmacist who knows how to do compounding.
Medication Compounding: is about the art & science of mixing 2 or more drug ingredient to a customized needs of the patient
Factors leading to specific needs of doctor and patient includes:
- the strength of the medication, that is the concentration within a specific volume. For example, a very sick patient who has no appetite to swallow big volume of drug may go for highly concentrated volume in small quantity. Many cancer and terminal patient may need this requirement.
- dosage forms. Example, a sick person, or baby may only able to swallow liquid medication instead of solid tablet or capsule.
- the flavors to suit the patient, eg the baby and children who prefers sweet and pleasant flavor that the usual better and pungent smell of the drug
- the needs to exclude the ingredient due to the allergy and sensitivity to a particular dye or preservative that are the non essential part of the drug
Common conditions it can treat
This includes the followings:
- lack of energy, tiredness, malaise, muscle fatigue
- no sex drive/ low libido
- poor concentration
- daytime sleepiness, sleeping difficulties, insomnia, snoring,
- forgetfulness in elderly
- lower leg weakness, leg shaking syndrome
- decreased appetite, poor appetite, no appetite
- loss of balance and coordination, poor balance, poor mobility
- low mood, no motivation, cannot think
- no initiative, lack interest
- i am depressed, depression
- andropause, or male menopause
- Skin irritation & allergy, eg contact dermatitis requires personalized skin care