OTC medications are one size fits all products. You can go to the drug store and come back with a pile of different medicines to treat your illness. You don’t need any prescriptions for them. But what if any child or elderly in your family who have the same disease can’t tolerate these pills? What if they are allergic to any ingredient in these OTC medications that they can’t bear? What if the medicines you are looking for cannot be found or are unavailable? Sometimes they could cause side effects instead of decreasing them, and the patient’s condition could worsen.
What Should You Know About OTC Medications
You can use OTC drugs without the help of a physician or a doctor. Even though these medicines do not require a prescription, that does not make them safer. There can be many side effects to these medicines if taken without any supervision or advice. Since OTC medications don’t need a prescription, the user might consume them differently than required. It is one of the leading causes of side effects. Sometimes patients might not know if the drug contains an ingredient they are allergic to or cannot digest.
Although OTC medications still have a backside label that can tell the dosage information. Still, patients might not understand certain guidelines.
Another big problem with taking OTC drugs without any consultation is interactions. If you take multiple medications, you need to ensure that they don’t interact with each other as it could worsen your condition. It could adversely affect your internal organs.
Why Compounded Medication is A Safe Option
Compounding pharmacies can provide customized and unique treatments depending on the patient’s needs. Some patients, especially children, might have a problem taking pills. A compounding pharmacist could easily create a different formulation like liquid or topical, depending on their ailment.
If the patient takes multiple drugs, a compounding pharmacist could add the ingredients into one formulation to increase compliance. A compounding pharmacist could also create topical medications like creams, ointments, and more for pain management so the drug can impact the area directly and provide faster relief.
Compounding medications are tailored precisely according to individual needs. Not every patient can take OTC drugs as they might cause allergies or more. OTC products also have limitations like dosage, availability, and formulation that a compounding pharmacy could handle. Due to poor guidance, a patient might overdose or underdose and face severe side effects. Compounding helps each patient by formulating medication with unique strengths and dosages. Another characteristic of compounding medication is that while making the unique dosage, the pharmacist can exclude the ingredient, which could cause any side effects.
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