The Benefits of Compounding Pharmacies and Compounding Medicine Explained

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Our compounding pharmacy and its products have experienced a rise in popularity and demand over the past few years, and the trend is shared across Australia.

From customised dosages and allergen-free formulations to supply relief, compounding medicines offer considerable benefits. We explain.

The Complete Care Pharmacy experts discuss the following

  • What compounding medicine is
  • The benefits of compounding medicine for patients
  • Examples of popular compounding medicines

What compounding medicine is

Compounding medicine is a specialised practice where skilled pharmacists create personalised medications to meet unique needs that some patients have.

The process involves combining, mixing or altering pharmaceutical ingredients in precise amounts to produce a medication that suits a patient’s preferences, sometimes detailed in a prescription.

Unlike many medicines you buy off the shelf in a pharmacy, compounded products typically contain certain amounts of different ingredients matched to a patient’s needs.

However, there’s a large range of compounding medications that you can buy over the counter which offer benefits like allergen exclusion and specific formulations.

👉 Take a look at our over-the-counter compounding medications here.

In essence, a compounding pharmacy works closely with patients and healthcare providers to customise medications in various forms, such as creams, liquids, or capsules.

This personalised approach is especially valuable for people who may have difficulty with commercially available medications due to allergies, sensitivities or dosage requirements.

How our compounding pharmacy creates compounding medicines

In a compounding pharmacy, making compounded medicines means crafting a highly accurate special recipe to meet a person’s specific health needs.

First, one of our pharmacists discusses your needs and circumstances with you and your doctor to understand exactly what you require. In many cases, we’ll just need your prescription.

Then, we gather the necessary ingredients which can include medicines in different forms like powders or liquids.

Our pharmacists carefully combine and mix these ingredients in precise predetermined amounts.

Once everything is mixed correctly, the pharmacist forms the medicine into the desired shape – it could be a liquid, cream or even a special kind of capsule. This way, the medicine is customised just for you.

Compounding medication ensures the medicine is just right for the patient, taking into account any allergies, preferences or special requirements they might have.

If you believe compounding medication might make your health routine easier or more convenient, get in touch with us or talk to your doctor.

Customers in compounding pharmacy

The benefits of compounding medicine for patients

Compounding medicine offers some big advantages to patients with the main one being the ability to create medications in specific dosages, forms and even flavours.

Here are the main benefits of compounding medicine for patients in detail.

Personalised Dosages

Compounding allows pharmacists to create medications in precise dosages tailored to patient needs. This is particularly beneficial for those who require doses that are not available off the shelf or need adjustments based on things like specific health conditions.

Allergen Exclusion

Compounded medications are often formulated without allergens or irritants, making them suitable for people with allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients found in mass-produced medications.

If you’ve ever been asked by your doctor whether you’re allergic to any medications (and said yes), compounding medicine can often be a great solution.

Alternative Forms

Compounding pharmacies can transform medications into various forms such as liquids, creams, gels or lozenges. This flexibility is especially useful for patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets.


Compounding allows pharmacists to blend multiple active ingredients into a single dosage form.

This simplification can make things much more convenient for people who take multiple tablets a day.

All Ages

Compounding pharmacists can formulate medications to be suitable for different age groups. This means that children and older adults can access medications in forms and flavours that are easier for them to take.

Discontinued or Unavailable Ingredients

Compounding pharmacies can recreate medications that have been discontinued or are unavailable in their off-the-shelf counterparts.

This can be particularly important for patients who rely on specific medication for their health conditions or those who may need to buy in bulk at a certain time, before a holiday for example.

Some popular compounding medicines

As mentioned, many compounding medicines can be bought over the counter, with no prescription needed.

Here are three popular examples and their uses.

Lignocaine 2% and Chlorhexidine 0.05% oral gel 15g

This clear colourless gel is suited for infants and treats oral and tooth pain and teething pain.

Ketoprofen gel/cream

Ketoprofen is a versatile non-steroidal skin gel that treats pain associated with inflammation. It can help with pain from conditions like swelling from strains, sprains, backache or some arthritis.

Ketoprofen is available in four sizes:

  • Ketoprofen 20% cream 25g
  • Ketoprofen 20% cream 100g
  • Ketoprofen 20% gel 30g
  • Ketoprofen 20% gel 50g

Ipratropium nasal spray

Especially popular in spring, ipratropium nasal spray treats rhinitis, aka hay fever, which includes a runny nose, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure.

The nasal spray comes in two dosages:

  • Ipratropium 21 mcg 12ml
  • Ipratropium 42 mcg 12ml

Compounding pharmacies and compounding medicine in summary

Compounding pharmacies have become a common sight in Australia over the last few years, and for good reason.

Demand for compounding medicine has matched the understanding of the benefits, especially the ability to provide cost effective, tailored medication to patients.

Compounding medicine is something that we’re passionate about.

As Complete Care Pharmacy continues to meet our community’s needs for these medications, we’re excited about our growing range and ability to help more people.

Stay tuned for more news about Complete Care Pharmacy or take a look at our range of services to learn more.

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