Compounding is the preparation of a customized medication to solve a problem or meet a specific patient need. Compounding pharmacists work together with practitioners and their patients to decide on the most appropriate therapy for each individual. For example, if a person is unable to take medication orally (perhaps due to nausea), we may be able to place the needed medication into a transdermal cream that will allow the medication to be absorbed through the skin. Some individuals are unable to take a commercial product because it contains a dye, sugar, alcohol or lactose. We can solve the problem by compounding a medication without the problem-causing additive. If an elderly patient or small child needs a reduced strength of medication or is unable to swallow a tablet, we can compound a pleasantly flavored liquid that can be easily administered. Sometimes we can prepare dosage forms containing more than one medication to simplify a confusing schedule and reduce the potential for medication errors. Compounding pharmacies can prepare medications that are no longer available, discontinued or on back order. If you have problems giving medicine to your pets, we can help by compounding the drug into a form and flavor that the animal will enjoy!