One of the greatest challenges in prescription medication is a simple fact: Some patients just don’t like taking medicine. From a child who can’t stand the taste of a cough syrup to a cat who absolutely refuses to take an antibiotic, taking medicine is rarely a pleasurable experience.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Each patient is unique, with certain likes and dislikes. Others have difficulty swallowing a pill, and might respond better if the pill were compounded into a liquid suspension instead. A distinctive solution to these issues is a flavored medicine. Medicine doesn’t have to taste bad.
Adults & Children:
A prime advantage of compounding is its ability to customize medication. What’s the easiest way to customize it? Flavor! Our compounding pharmacists have access to many flavors and flavor combinations that can enhance the taste and color of a medication to make it easier to swallow. A child who has difficulty taking a prescription because of the taste is a prime candidate. He or she won’t mind taking medication that tastes like bubblegum, watermelon, or even chocolate. Most PCCA flavors are sugar-free and some are even dye-free, which benefits patients who are sensitive or allergic.
Many adults can also benefit from flavored medication. As people age or battle a chronic illness, taste preferences can change. Often, sweet flavors can become unbearable, or bitter flavors may cause nausea. In these instances, your compounding pharmacist can alter or mask certain flavors in order to make medicine more palatable – without changing the strength or effectiveness of the medicine itself.
When re-flavoring antibiotics, careful consideration is given to the measurement of pH in order to maintain the medicine’s stability. Whether your patient prefers a distinct flavor – or no flavor at all – compounded medications may be of benefit.
Working closely with a veterinarian, we are able to custom-flavor a medication to fit the tastes and preferences of any kinds of animal.