What is Compounding?

Put simply, pharmaceutical compounding is the creation of custom made medications from a variety of ingredients. This isn’t anything new or alternative – in fact compounding has been at the heart of pharmacy since it began. Most medicines these days are mass produced as they generally work and mass production lowers costs which makes them easy to distribute and sell. However, unfortunately, this is not always the best solution for you. Occasionally you may be better served with medicines individually prepared, even if it costs a little more. Together, the customer, the compounding pharmacist and the health care professional can solve unique medical problems and meet everyone’s specific needs.

Why Compound?

The staff at Sydney South Compounding Chemist (SSCC) are here to provide solutions to the many problems that can’t be solved by mass produced medications. Individually compounded preparations provide unique benefits for every patient. Some of these benefits include:

  • Difficulty in swallowing tablets - Medication may be able to be compounded into a simple to swallow liquid form.
  • Unpleasant taste - We have many flavours available to make medications much more pleasant to taste. This is especially helpful with young children, the elderly or even the family pet!
  • Inability to take certain oral medications - Some medications can be compounded into a topical form such as a cream or gel which allows the medicine to be absorbed through the skin. Suppositories and pessaries can also be made and are another alternative method to the oral route.
  • Allergies - Many of the commercially available medications contain ingredients that cause allergies to individual patients. For example lactose, preservatives, dyes, gluten, sugar, alcohol. At SSCC we can create a formulation that will leave out the allergy causing ingredient.
  • Special dietary requirements - If you are vegetarian, vegan or have special religious dietary needs we are able to assist in specialised formulations that meet your needs.
  • Discontinued or unavailable medication - Often the big pharmaceutical companies discontinue effective medicines because it is not profitable for mass production. Compounding pharmacists are often able to reformulate a medication and make it for each individual patient.
  • Multiple Medications in one dosage form - Instead of having to purchase 3 or 4 different medications, sometimes it is possible to customise these ingredients into one convenient dosage form making it easier to administer and improve patient compliance.

Most Popular Compounded Products

  • Omeprazole suspensions (reflux in infants and children)
  • Vitamin D3 capsules for supplementation
  • Melatonin suspensions and capsules
  • Topical creams for pain relief
  • Ergotamine capsules (migraine treatment)
  • Bio-identical Hormone Replacement therapy (BHRT)
  • Adding flavour to existing children’s proprietary liquids for oral use