It’s no secret that most children despise taking medicine. Being sick is never enjoyable, and being forced to swallow ill-tasting medicine does little to ease the overall discomfort. While it’s unlikely that taking medicine will ever evoke sincere pleasure from our pint-sized patients, there are ways to help improve the experience for everyone involved.
One of the best methods involves contemporary pharmacy compounding – the science and art of preparing customized medications. From individualized dosages and strengths to tailor-made flavors, a pediatric compounding pharmacist can help lower the stress and anxiety of medication time for both child and parent alike!
Compounded Medicines For A Variety Of Pediatric Issues
Kids are especially suited for compounded prescriptions. In some cases, commercially manufactured medications may not meet the needs of every child’s pediatric medical requirements. Choosing to utilize our compounding services can benefit young patients in a number of ways.
Working closely with The Compounding Pharmacy of America, 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!
We can customize medications for these ailments to suite your child’s individual needs.
Custom Compounded Flavors
Many younger patients protest taking medication due to its color or texture, or simply because they know it is medicine. However, most children who refuse to take their medicine base it on taste. These children are prime candidates for our compounded medication.
Our compounding specialists can transform many medications into colorful, pleasantly flavored doses. Our pharmacy offers many enticing flavors, which can enhance the color and taste of a medication without altering its effectiveness.
Custom Compounded Medicine Forms
Some children struggle to swallow tablets or capsules, especially if they have to take multiple medications throughout the day. To address this issue, our pharmacists offer medications in enticing, alternate forms, making it easier for children to take. These include:
- Oral liquids
- Topical gels
- Gummy treats
- Effervescent drinks
Certain compounded medications can also be administered using special bottles or pacifiers for infants – which can be prepared in a variety of great-tasting flavors.
Compounded Ingredient And Dosage Strength Variations
Every child is unique; differing greatly in regard to individual medicine needs and dosage strength. Some have varying drug tolerances and allergies, requiring their medicine to be sugar-free, casein-free, gluten-free, or dye-free. As a result, it can prove challenging to locate a commercially available option suitable for your child’s individual needs. Our compounding pharmacists work closely with pediatricians to formulate medications that meet each and every one of these requirements to ensure a healthy and happy experience.
Call Us Now To Find Out More About Our Custom Compounding Services – We Are Here To Help You!
Chief Operating Officer, The Compounding Pharmacy of America
Matthew Poteet, Pharm.D. graduated with Honors from Lee University with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Science. After his undergraduate training, he completed the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy, graduating in 2004. Dr. Poteet has spent much of his pharmacy career on staff at two of the most prestigious academic teaching hospitals in the Southeast; Emory University in Atlanta and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. At these institutions he received extensive experience and training in sterile products compounding.
He returned home to East Tennessee in 2010, where he has held the position of Pharmacy Director at two sterile products pharmacies in Knoxville. Matthew lives in Knoxville with his wife, Chris. Dr. Poteet is Tennessee’s first Board Certified Anti-Aging Pharmacist by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.