What is custom compounding?
By now we hope that you know Village Green Apothecary is also
a compounding pharmacy. You may have heard this before, but don't
know what compounding has to do with you. Not so long ago, before
you had big drug companies, every pharmacy was a compounding pharmacy,
a real apothecary. All this meant was that prescriptions were written
like recipes from your doctor. There were no standard pills that
came in bottles from a factory. Compounds can be for prescriptions,
or for non-prescriptions like herbs, over-the-counter medications,
or nutritional supplements.
Every person's body is unique. When individual body differences
take priority, compounding pharmacies continue the tradition of
making custom prescriptions that match your doctor's exact
specifications and meet your exact needs. You can also get non-prescription
compounds that most pharmacies cannot provide.
So how does that help you?
Because compounding formulas are tailored to you, your doctor
can leave out or add in each possible component. If you have an
allergy to an artificial color, dairy, preservative, or something
else found in the off-the-shelf drug, at your doctor's instruction
it can be left out. Many people use compounded prescriptions to
customize pill sizes and medicinal forms. Thousands of compounds
each month are made especially for children, the elderly, and for
pets! Yes, your veterinarian writes a lot of compound prescriptions,
and making a formula your pet won't spit out is very important.
Your dentist uses custom compounds too.
What does a compound look like?
The important part of taking medicine is actually taking it. If
you have too many pills, pills that are too big, or that taste horrible,
it's more difficult to follow your doctor's instruction.
Compounding can make prescriptions easier to take because it can
often combine medications into fewer pills, or put them together
with other medications to be taken at the same time of day. Compounds
look like any other medicine you might buy. Some of the compounds
we make include:
- Liquids with unique flavors, or tablets designed to dissolve
under your tongue
- Creams, pastes, ointments, powders, and lotions
- Capsules in several different sizes
- Gels, sprays, suppositories, and pastilles or troches
Does Village Green Apothecary make compounds?
Yes. But unlike most compounding pharmacies that only work with
prescription drugs, Village Green Apothecary also works with Nutritional
compounding. This means we do vitamin, mineral, and herb formulas
that most people do not. Our pharmacists have decades of experience
with nutrition. We know what drugs interact with which herbs. We
know what minerals and vitamins are depleted when you take prescription
drugs, and we can help you re-balance your body chemistry. In fact,
Village Green is one of only maybe five compounding pharmacies in
the country that handles both nutritional and pharmaceutical compounds
in the high volume that we do. Click
here for a quick reference guide you can use that describes
drug-nutrient depletion that occurs with many common prescriptions.
How do you order a custom compound?
First talk to your doctor or practitioner. Tell them that you're
interested in a customized prescription. Bring up any issues you
have experienced with taking too many pills, pills being too big
to swallow, bad tastes, allergies, and less-than-ideal results.
If your doctor or practitioner isn't familiar with writing
custom prescriptions, tell them to call us! We have made it easier
for you to get what you need by writing easy-to-use forms for your
doctor, and our pharmacists are happy to answer your doctor's
questions. Tell your doctor your concerns about nutrition, ask about
the effects that a drug may have in combination with herbs you're
taking, or if taking a drug may deplete important minerals or nutrients
in your body. You have the right to get a prescription made just
for you. Compounds are made to order. Just keep in mind that it
takes 2-4 days for any compounding pharmacy to make a compound because
since they're not pulling pills off the shelf and bottling
a smaller quantity for you like a regular pharmacy order.
Are compounds safe?
Yes, compounds are just as safe as any product bottled by the
manufacturer. The raw materials are ordered in bulk from the same
companies that pre-fabricate the pills and capsules you are used
to buying. These are the same exact drugs and supplements. They
just come unpackaged, like the bulk food aisle in the grocery store.
Village Green Apothecary has decided not to compound any sterile
compounds (like injections and inhalants) so you should not worry
about this concern with our pharmacy. We can help you locate a reliable
compounding pharmacy that safely produces sterile compounds if you
have that need. You should follow the same cautions that you would
with any other prescription when taking a compounded prescription.
Are compounds more expensive?
In many cases compounds are less expensive. The exciting part
is that compounds are still sometimes covered by prescription insurance.
Tell your doctor that you are using insurance and the pharmacist
will work with your doctor to identify a prescription formula that
your insurance company will accept.
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Drug Administration, nor are they or these products intended to
diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Information presented
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