How Can Compounding Help?
Compounding has the capability of supplying medications in new or different dosage forms and provides access to medications a person may not normally have access to. Compounding allows for medications to be supplied while taking into careful consideration colourants, fillers, excipients, flavouring, allergies and intolerances as well as vegetarian/veganism and religious beliefs. Compounding can also help in events of short and long term medication shortages or where a commercial product may not be available in Australia but is overseas.
Compounding is also extremely popular with veterinarians, due to its ability to improve compliance, avoid unfavourable excipients and provide accurate strengths and quantities. Compliance is a huge contributor to treatment failure in the veterinary world, particularly due to difficulty dosing or with the dosage form as well as palatability and acceptance issues. Compounding can often help with this.
Doctors, naturopaths, dieticians and psychologists may wish to tailor a nutritional protocol for their patients. Most available vitamin/mineral blends on the market contain low doses, conflicting (and sometimes detrimental) ingredients as well as unwanted excipients when comparing to what may be required of a patient undergoing nutritional therapy for example. Many of these patients may also be intolerant or allergic to typical ingredients used in commercial preparations. Or perhaps a certain salt form of a particular nutrient is preferred over another for absorption, tolerability or mode of action reasons.
Physiotherapists will often utilise compounding for topical or transdermal no-prescription creams to treat local inflammation, as well as utilising oral agents such as magnesium or palmitoylethanolamide.
A large portion of our patient base are children or infants. Babies may require compounded omeprazole or a topical therapy for hemangioma for example. In children, we can cater to ADHD, ASD, anxious and other behavioural or psychological requirements, such as avoidance of certain ingredients, reduction of allergy risk, different dosage forms or doses.
We can compound a wide variety of traditional extemporaneous preparations from items as basic as a simple LPC/Salicylic Acid cream, to children’s suspensions, ear drops, lotions and more. We can also take traditional medications, for example melatonin, and adjust the dose, provide a sublingual preparation, an immediate release capsule or a different strength of slow release.
We work with an extensive range of integrative practitioners and can supply everything from hormones to LDN, antibiotics and antifungals to oxytocin and everything in between.
Specialists in the areas of pain, gynaecology/obstetrics/fertility, ENT, Paediatrics, Gastroenterologists, Dermatology, Cosmetics to name a few regularly utilise compounding services.
Clinicians – Beauty, Cosmeceutical, Tattooists, Aestheticians:
We have many clients in the beauty industry utilising compounding for specific peels, creams, serums and more and have a highly experienced, dedicated cosmeceutical specialist to help create the perfect formulation. We can also help with the creation of personalised in clinic or outside of clinic lines. Clients are also regularly referred to us for topical anaesthetics for a variety of procedures such as tattooing, tattoo removal, needling, injectables, laser and more.
We are also closely associated with Griffith University, Bio-Balance Health, the Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network, the Walsh Research Institute, PCCA and more.
For more information on medications that can be compounded in each particular area please see our page on Medications You Can Compound.