1. What is compounding?The preparation, mixing, assembling, packaging, or labeling a drug or device as the result of a prescription or in anticipation of a prescription (based on routine, regularly observed prescribing patterns) in response to the patient, practitioner and pharmacist relationship in the course of professional practice.
2. Why is compounded medication needed?
3. Do all pharmacies compound?Because compounding requires expensive specialized equipment and extensive training in modern compounding techniques, most pharmacies do not compound
4. What is the difference between commercially available medication and compounded medication?With commercially available medications, the drug is produced with no specific patient in mind. It limits the prescriber to matching the available product to the patient. Whereas, with compounded medications, the formula matches the patient�s needs. The drug can be prepared in the most effective dosage and strength.
5. Do I need to have a prescription from my doctor for a compound?Compounded medications do require a prescription from the doctor or veterinarian. Compounding pharmacists have the unique opportunity to develop a special relationship with the patients they serve, working with the doctor to solve problems that manufactured dosage forms do not address.
6. What is BHRT?Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) seeks to restore balance and typically involves estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, thyroid, and cortisol. Hormones fluctuate as early as a woman�s mid-thirties. Progesterone levels, for example, plummet by age 35, leading to a stage of life called perimenopause, which occurs during the 5-15 years preceding menopause. And with menopause comes a significant drop in estrogen levels. Such hormonal imbalances, if left uncorrected, contribute to osteoporosis, increased risk for cardiovascular disease, and diminished quality of life because of hot flashes, night sweats, decreased sex drive, and other un-pleasantries.
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