Learn More About Compounding

What is a compounding pharmacy?

Compounding is the practice of preparing customized medications to meet specific patient needs. With a prescription from your doctor, the specially trained and licensed pharmacists at our pharmacy can change dosage strength, adjust dosage form to a more comfortable application or combine medications to help achieve better results.

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What are compounded medications?

Compounding is an important component of a person’s health by creating a personalized medicine tailored to that person’s needs. That may include a child who can’t easily take oral pills, someone with a gluten allergy or a person that needs a drug that’s in short supply. Mass-produced medications and commercially available drugs have their limitations, and it’s the job of Pharmaca’s quality compounding experts, to find a solution to overcome those limitations.

Consider our compounding services if you:

  • Need gluten-free medications or pills, or have allergies to common mass-produced medicine fillers (casein, gluten, dyes, etc.)
  • Aren’t taking medication as prescribed due to unpleasant side effects or lack of improvement
  • Need custom medicine strengths and dosage forms (like creams or suppositories)

What types of prescriptions can be compounded?

New technology and innovative techniques have expanded the range of compounded drugs that can be custom-tailored to help address your medical conditions or specific health concerns.

Some of the most commonly prescribed compounds include:

  • Bioidentical hormone therapy, including plant-based hormones in a variety of dosage forms
  • Medications like muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories, which can be prepared topically to target pain at the site, without common side effects
  • Compounded prescriptions to address aesthetic and therapeutic concerns
  • Adrenal dysfunction and thyroid support

All non-sterile dosage forms are available, including creams, ointments, solutions, syrups, capsules, suppositories and troches.

Who should use compounded medications?

Compounded medications are ideal for a variety of people. Those with sensitivities to specific ingredients in their medications can benefit greatly from compound prescriptions. Gluten-free drugs can be created through compounding, as well as prescriptions free of dyes.

If you’re looking to get a compounded prescription filled, just find the nearest Pharmaca location and drop off your prescription or have your doctor phone it in, and one of our compounding pharmacists will get to work right away.

When your prescription is ready, you can either pick it up or have it shipped directly to you.

You can find more information on our website about how to refill a prescription or transfer a prescription.

Most insurance plans do not cover compounded medications. Please check with your insurance plan for coverage details.