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Compounding


Cambrian Pharmacy is one of the few pharmacies in Calgary that specialize in compounding, which is a method of creating personalized medication in the optimal strength and dosage for each patient. Our compounding professionals combine the latest medical knowledge with state-of-the art technology to prepare custom medications. Cambrian’s trained professionals use compounding to provide countless therapeutic possibilities by formulating customized prescriptions for patients who have specific needs that aren’t met by commercially manufactured dosages.

Compounding allows pharmacists to work with patients and their physicians to determine the most optimal, effective way to administer medication. For example, a compounding pharmacist can alter the form of the medication into several different delivery systems, such as creating a liquid or cream for a patient who has difficulty swallowing capsules. Additionally, preservatives and dyes can be removed for patients who are sensitive or allergic to certain components of a particular commercial drug.

Our compounding professionals can provide dosages in many customized forms, including:

  • Topical and oral sprays
  • Medicated lozenges, freezer pops, lollipops and chewable gummies
  • Creams, lotions and gels
  • Preservative-free and sugar-free formulations
  • Nasal sprays
  • Lip balms
  • Suppositories
  • Geriatric dosages
  • Veterinary formulas

 

Compounding can also benefit your pets!

Compounding is also beneficial to pets, their owners and the veterinary industry. Commercial medications may only be available in one particular strength that might not be suitable for all animals. The pharmacists at Cambrian can create custom dosages that are appropriate for a specific size and type of animal, which can often be more economical than purchasing a commercial-sized dosage. Our compounding professionals can also make medicine in forms that can be easily administered to animals, such as tasty medicated “treats,” liquid concentrates and ear drops.

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Benefits of Coumpounding


Medicine Unavailable?

Products are frequently removed from the market due to discontinuation, decreased drug utilization or declining manufacturer profits. What happens when a product you find extremely beneficial is removed from the market? Using pharmaceutical-grade chemicals, a specially trained pharmacist with the proper equipment can compound a medication containing the same active ingredients as the discontinued product.

 

Dosage Form Unavailable?

Commercially produced medication usually comes in the form of tablets or capsules. However, infants and some adults may find it difficult to swallow capsules. Through the use of compounding, your medication can be made into liquid, suppository, troche, lozenger or other forms to administer the medication. Have your doctor contact us and we can produce your medication in a form that suits your needs.

 

Inconvenient to Use?

Do you take multiple medications every day? Or perhaps you have a skin condition that requires two or three medicated preparations? Through the art of compounding, these medications can be made into one base that contains the needed concentration of each of these medications. The result is a medication that is much more convenient to use

 

Ineffective Dosage?

Why take two or three pills when you can take one? A compounding pharmacist can alter the dosage size of your medication, so you are not limited to the sizes that are commercially produced.

 

Allergy?

Are you allergic to a certain type of medication because of a preservative, dye, binder, or excipient in the medication? We can prepare medicines that are free of the ingredients that you are allergic to. Have your doctor contact us and we can prepare a compounded medication for you.

 

Having Trouble Taking Your Medicine?

Maybe you have a hard time swallowing a certain medication, or perhaps you can’t swallow pills at all. Maybe your medication just tastes bad! If this sounds familiar, then Cambrian Pharmacy can help. Through custom compounding we can provide oral medications in more enjoyable forms, such as flavoured liquids, topical gels, gummi bears, lozenges, and even lollipops. Imagine actually enjoying your medicine!

 

Tired of Splitting Tablets?

Are you tired of breaking tablets or swallowing multiple capsules for a single dose? Using specialized equipment, Cambrian Pharmacy is able to prepare customized dosage forms to meet your specific needs. For example, a medicine may only be commercially available in a 25 mg. and 50 mg. tablet. Yet, your doctor may find that the best dose for you is 40 mg. Therefore, you would need to split the tablet and hope you get the correct dose.

At Cambrian Pharmacy we can prepare the exact dosage you require. You won’t end up with too much medicine, which is wasteful and could cause adverse effects, or too little medicine, which could be ineffective.

 

How to get compounded medications


Compounding is achieved through an essential triad relationship – patient, physician, and pharmacist. First, the physician prescribes the custom medication. Second, the pharmacist compounds the necessary ingredients. Third, the pharmacist dispenses the medicine to the patient after a thorough consultation.

By talking with your doctor, you can decide if a custom-made (compounded) medication is right for you. If you need a compounded medication, your doctor will give you a written prescription. By working together with you and your doctor, Cambrian Pharmacy is able to create a medication that is suited to your specific needs.

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FILL A COMPOUNDED PRESCRIPTION?

Each prescription is compounded differently. Some compounded prescriptions take a few minutes, others can take up to a few days. Therefore, we recommend that you contact us.

Veterinary Compounding


We are able to prepare innovative, economical, easy-to-use dosage forms for your household pets. We work with veterinarians and animal care specialists to solve a variety of medication problems.

Trying to administer proper medications to animals is not always easy. We can prepare medications in easy-to-give flavoured dosage forms that animals love. We have the ability to prepare just about any medication in flavors like tuna, cheese, beef, and fish.

Manufacturers will often stop producing medicines and dosage forms that are unprofitable due to low demand. However, there is still the occasional need for such products. We can obtain the necessary pharmaceutical grade chemicals, and compound individualized dosage forms to meet the needs of your pet.

We can compound numerous dosage forms that are just right for specific animals – from oral liquids to flavored snacks. The active ingredient can usually be administered by various routes (oral, transdermal, optic, etc.).

Let us know how we can help you and your pets. Our friendly, trained staff of pharmacists and technicians are here to make sure your pets get the individualized treatment they deserve.