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Why Does Medicine Taste Bad and What Can Compounding Do About It?

Most people don’t like the taste of medicine, and some find it downright unpleasant. The reasons for this vary, but often have to do with the active ingredients in the medication. Some substances just have an inherently bad taste, while others can interact with our sense of taste in unexpected ways.

Fortunately, there are a few things that compounding pharmacies can do to help make medicine more palatable. By working with patients and their caregivers, we can find solutions that make it easier to take medications as prescribed.

Why Does Medicine Taste Bad?

There are a few different reasons why medicine might taste bad. In some cases, it is simply the result of the active ingredients in the medication. Certain substances, such as bitter alkaloids, are known for their unpleasant taste.

In other cases, the taste of medicine can be affected by its formulation. Common excipients like fillers and binders can interact with our sense of taste, making the medicine taste worse than it otherwise would. This is often the case with chewable medications, which often contain sugar or other sweeteners to offset the taste of the active ingredients.

Finally, the way that medicine is administered can also affect its taste. Medications that are meant to be dissolved under the tongue (sublinguals) or sprayed into the nose (nasal sprays) often have a more intense taste because they come into direct contact with our taste buds.

What Can You Do When Your Medicine Tastes Bad?

There are a few different things that you can do when your medicine tastes bad. If the taste is due to the active ingredients in the medication, you may be able to find a different formulation that contains the same active ingredient but is less likely to cause an unpleasant taste.

If the taste is due to excipients in the medication, you may be able to find a formulation that doesn’t contain those excipients. However, this isn’t always possible, as some excipients are essential for the proper function of the medication. In these cases, compounding pharmacies can often create custom formulations that don’t include unnecessary excipients.

Finally, if the taste is due to the way the medication is administered, you may be able to find an alternative delivery method that is less likely to cause an unpleasant taste. For example, sublingual medications can often be taken in the form of a tablet that dissolves under the tongue. Nasal sprays can sometimes be taken as drops instead.

What Can A Compounding Pharmacy Do About Bad Tasting Medicine?

If you or your child is having trouble taking medicine because of its taste, there are a few things that a compounding pharmacy can do to help. We can work with you to find a formulation that is more palatable, or we can alter the delivery method to reduce the impact of the taste.

In some cases, we may be able to add flavouring to the medication to make it more enjoyable. This is often a good solution for children’s medications, as it can make them more likely to take their medicine as prescribed. We can also work with patients who have specific flavour preferences, such as those who prefer minty or fruity flavours.

In other cases, we may recommend changing the delivery method of the medication. For example, we may be able to compound a medication into a lozenge or lollipop form, which can help to reduce the impact of the taste. We can also alter the delivery method of nasal sprays and sublinguals, making them less likely to cause an unpleasant taste.

 

If you are having trouble taking your medicine because of its taste, don’t hesitate to talk to your compounding pharmacy about possible solutions. We can work with you to find a formulation or delivery method that is more palatable and easier to take.

Final Thoughts

There are a few different reasons why medicine might taste bad. If you are having trouble taking your medicine because of its taste, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about possible solutions. In some cases, they may be able to recommend a different formulation or delivery method that is less likely to cause an unpleasant taste. You can also talk to your compounding pharmacy about potential solutions, such as flavouring or changing the delivery method.

Compounding pharmacies can often create custom formulations of medications that don’t include unnecessary excipients, which can help to reduce the impact of the taste. We can also work with patients to find alternative delivery methods that are less likely to cause an unpleasant taste. If you are having trouble taking your medicine because of its taste, don’t hesitate to talk to your compounding pharmacy about potential solutions.

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