Transdermal or Topical Formulations
When a patient has difficulty swallowing, we can often formulate the needed drug as a transdermal gel or cream that will facilitate drug absorption through the skin. Transdermal administration is a very helpful option that can avoid the cost and inconvenience of intravenous therapy or injections, and is often used for patients who are nauseated or have chronic illness. Transdermal medications can be administered by massaging the medication into the back or wrist or application to another appropriate area, eliminating the need to disturb a resting patient.
A type of lozenge that is placed between the cheek and gums to dissolve, allowing the medication in the troche to be absorbed by the oral lining of the cheek versus orally through the gastrointestinal tract. Troches, lozenges and lollipops can be flavored and compounded to contain numerous compatible medications, and can be dispensed in child resistant containers. These are ideal dosage forms for children or patients who have difficulty swallowing, or when medications need to be held in contact with the oral lining of the cheek.
Creams & Ointments
Typically are used to apply medication directly to the affected site. Topical administration can reduce the amount of drug that a patient absorbs systemically, and therefore may reduce the risk of side effects. We can compound cosmetically appealing creams, ointments, and gels containing the specific medications need to treat each patient’s unique problem.
Can be compounded to contain multiple compatible active ingredients or in numerous colors or sizes to simply dosing schedules.
A popular dosage form as unique designs are available, such as the rectal rocket, which facilitates simultaneous internal and external administration of medications to treat hemorrhoids and other conditions.