What happens when you fall ill? You go to a doctor. They prescribe you some medications. Then you go to a pharmacist, and they fill the prescriptions. You take your medicine home, you make sure that you take it on time, and you feel better. That’s the gist of it. But there are certain things that you have to take care of when doing all of this. For example, you have to take the medicine as the doctor, or the pharmacist has directed. You cannot take it otherwise. You also have to ensure that you take the required dosage at the right time and don’t miss out in between. You have to keep on taking the medicine for the required number of days.
This is where patient compliance comes into play. Compliance means taking the medication exactly as directed. If you don’t, it could end up in serious complications. Sometimes it could even become fatal for you. Even after knowing this, more than 50 percent of patients do not stick to the dosage or the frequency recommended by the doctors. It’s not like they want to be non-compliant. Nobody does it just to show the doctors they are rebellious. Most of the time, people have certain issues with taking medicines. They could have trouble swallowing the oral medications. The pill or tablet could be a bigger size than what they are used to. There may be other reasons involved. This condition is known as dysphagia. If you or a loved one has ever faced a situation like this, it may be time to learn about sublingual medications and how they are a good solution for your problem.
What is Sublingual Drug Administration?
If you see a sublingual drug, you won’t be able to differentiate them from an oral tablet. They look the same. The difference is that you don’t have to swallow them like you need to do with oral tablets and capsules. That is why they are called “sublingual.” The word comes from a Latin word that has the prefix “sub,” which means under, and the root word “lingual,” which means “tongue.” Hence, sublingual administration of a drug means placing it under the tongue.
Sublingual drugs are not usually available in the market easily. That’s where a compounding pharmacy comes into play. A compounding pharmacist will work with your physician and you to create a tailored medication in a sublingual form. This means that the drug will be precisely what you need. With sublingual medicine, you won’t have to swallow them. This makes patient compliance much simpler and better than before. Some medications lend themselves well to sublingual administration, while some don’t. Work with your compounding pharmacist to find out which ones you can have converted into sublingual pills.
Drawbacks of Oral Medications
Once you swallow an oral medication, which is hard for some people, they enter your digestive system. Once they are digested and absorbed through the lining of the gastrointestinal system, they enter the small blood vessels. These tiny capillaries have the task of absorbing the nutrients and oxygen from the food that you eat. Once the drug enters the system, it spread throughout the body via the circulatory system. What does this mean? It means that the drug has to withstand the acidic environment of your stomach, get absorbed by the gastrointestinal lining, and then withstand filtration through the liver. Only then can the drug reach your affected area.
Many drugs that you take are not capable of such acts, and most of the drug is eliminated from the body. Only a small quantity remains, which significantly reduces the efficacy of the drug. Also, some drugs might have a lower potency because of some food already present in the stomach. If you have a problem swallowing pills, that and the problems mentioned above can make it hard for the drug to have the desired action.
Benefits of Compounding Sublingual Medications
Compounding sublingual drugs have several advantages over traditional, oral medications. These include:
When you ask your compounding pharmacist to develop a sublingual medication for you, you overgo the need to chew, swallow, digest, or absorb the drug via the gastrointestinal system. Sublingual medications are placed under the tongue. Once placed, they quickly dissolve through the mucous membranes present beneath the tongue and enter the system directly.
Unlike oral medications, sublingual medications are not exposed to the acidic environment of the stomach or liver filtration. Since sublingual medications bypass the entire digestive system, they enter the bloodstream directly and hence deliver more potency than oral medications.
Ease of administration
Since they are placed under the tongue, people who have trouble swallowing pills can easily take sublingual medicines without any problems. All you have to do is to go to your nearest pharmacist. For example, suppose you live in Hamilton. In that case, you just go to the nearest compounding pharmacist in Hamilton and ask them to change your standard tablet into a sublingual tablet. Of course, you will have to get it prescribed by your physician. But once you do that, you will have no more trouble taking your medicine.
Oral medications have a lot of drawbacks. This results in poor patient compliance, and that increases the risk of complications with your ailment. Contact your compounding pharmacist to turn your traditional tablet into a sublingual tablet and kiss your compliance worries goodbye. They are easier to take, don’t have as many interactions, deliver accurate potency, and more.
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