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Why Do Kids Need Compounded Medications?
Providers recommend compounding for children for a number of reasons. Our team of experts have compiled the top factors that go into practitioners and parents turning to compounding for kids.
Many times, commercially available medications contain ingredients that children are allergic or sensitive to. There is no way to remove those ingredients, as they are mass produced, so patients, their families, and practitioners turn to compounding pharmacies, like Eastern States Compounding Pharmacy, for customized options.
Expert pharmacists formulate an alternative to the said drug, with the absence of the allergen.
Another circumstance that leads medical providers or parents to compounding for their children, is the need for a specific dose of a certain medication. Situations arise where medications on the market are made for adults, and breaking them into the right dosage can be very difficult.
This is especially prevalent in cases where the patient is an infant or small child. Doctors, Physicians Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners work with compounding pharmacies to prepare medications with appropriate dosages based on individual needs.
Having a child that needs medication in the first place is difficult, period. It’s not something that you as a parent, or your child wants. On top of the stress of merely having to give your child a drug, oftentimes, it is even more challenging, physically and emotionally, when your child refuses or simply cannot take it.
When your child is prescribed medication that is in the form of a large pill, unfavorable flavor, or other factors that prevent your child from complying with the doctor’s orders — it can be detrimental to their health. You don’t want to force your child to ingest the medication, so your best bet is to try it in a different form.
Compounding pharmacies provide children and infants with meds in different forms, with concentrations/dosages of choice:
- Transdermal preparations
- Rapid-dissolve tablets
Compounded medications can also be custom flavored to make for a more pleasant experience for children.
Sometimes, commercially available medications are discontinued for various reasons. Practitioners that have seen success, with said medications, work with compounding pharmacies to provide patients with compounded alternatives with the same ingredients.
Eastern States Compounding for Pediatric Compounding Needs
Common Conditions in Children:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Diaper Rash
- Fungal Infections
- Head Lice
- Molluscum Contagiosum
- Nausea & Vomiting
- Topical Anesthesia
- Other Conditions & Diseases
If you are a parent with a child that could benefit from compounding, ask your medical provider about alternatives and have them contact our pediatric compounding specialists.
If you are a practitioner who wants to learn more about compounding for pediatrics, connect with our team for expert advice.