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What are Compounded Medications

Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients.  Compounded medications are based on a practitioner's prescription in which individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient.  This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient's specific needs.

Compounding can range from flavoring a medication, making a tablet or capsule into an easy to swallow liquid, or to take anti-inflammatories and make them into a cream to treat pain in a localized area.

Most Commonly Prescribed Compounds

BLT Cream (Benzocaine 20%, Lidocaine 6%, Tetracaine 6%)

Use:  Localized numbing/analgesia 

Ketoprofen 10% cream

Use:  Anti-inflammatory

Ketoprofen 5%, Amittriptyline 2%, Gabapentin 6% cream

Use:  Neuropathic pain, great for diabetics with foot pain

Acyclovir 5%, Lidocaine 3% cream

Use:  Anti-viral for pain associated with shingles

Boric Acid Vaginal Suppositories

Use:  Bacterial vaginosis 

Salicylic Acid 60% ointment

Use:  Treatment for warts

APNO (All Purpose Nipple Ointment)

Use:  Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, steroid ointment

Ketoprofen 10%, Cyclobenzaprine 2% cream

Use:  Anti-inflammatory and spasms

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