Customized Preparations: Options & Advantages for Children with ASD
- Elimination of Problem-Causing Excipients – Medications and nutritional formulations can be customized to eliminate gluten, casein, dyes, sugar, lactose, alcohol, and preservatives.
- Flavoring – Pleasantly-flavored suspensions, solutions, concentrates, freezer pops, gummy bears or lozenges, in a pleasing color, can entice a child to take medications or supplements. A palatable formulation is more likely to improve compliance and minimize waste.
- Change in Route of Administration – Some preparations are commercially available only as injections or oral dosage forms that must be swallowed. A child may be unable to swallow a tablet, capsule, or liquid, or refuse food that is used to improve palatability. We can provide additional therapeutic options by compounding alternate dosage forms such as lollipops, gummy bears, or transdermal gels.
- Change in Dosage Form – if a child is unable to take, has not responded to, or experienced adverse effects from commercially available medications, numerous options exist. We can compound the needed drug(s) into different dosage forms, such as transdermal gels that can be massaged into the skin, lozenges, lollipops, gummy bears, or freezer pops.
- Combination Preparations – We can combine compatible drugs, medicinal herbs, or supplements into a single dosage form to simplify a medication administration schedule, and improve compliance. Also a synergistic effect can be achieved when certain agents are used in combination.
- “Unavailable” Medications – When a medication is temporarily unavailable or discontinued due to manufacturing concerns, we can usually obtain the needed drug as a pharmaceutical grade chemical and compound a similar preparation.
- Prescriber-Specific Formulations – Physicians often develop specific formulations to meet the unique needs of their patient population. We commonly prepare these customized therapies.