What is compounding?

Compounding is an essential pharmacy service that takes the base ingredients of medications and combines them to make a customized medication just for you! Brand and generic medications are those made by pharmaceutical companies while compounded medications are not commercially available but are made on site by our pharmacy team. Our team can make specially designed capsules, gummies, lozenges, creams/ointments, suppositories, oral liquid suspensions, solutions and more!

There is a significant number of patients who do not respond and/or can’t tolerate traditional, mass-produced forms of medications and require tailor made therapies. Compounding allows us to specialize and adjust your medication to your individual needs by changing the formulation, adding a taste and/or removing allergens.

Can’t swallow pills/capsules? Commercially made products not working for you? Product no longer available or on back order? Require medications for your pet? Compounding can be right for you!

Specific Compounding Services

Bio-identical Hormones

Bioidentical hormone therapy allows your body to regain and maintain the delicate hormone balance in the human body so you can be the healthiest version of yourself. A lot of medical conditions arise from a lack of natural hormones that decline as we age. Commercially available products go for a “one size fits all” approach which makes it difficult to find the right balance for your body. Compounding allows you to tailor specific doses to match your body’s needs and be the best version of yourself! Common conditions that can be helped with bio-identical hormone therapy:

  • Infertility
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Decreased Libido
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Pre-Menstrual syndrome (PMS)

Dermatological Conditions

Your skin is complicated, there is an insufficient amount of pre-made topicals for all conditions or the right combination to get the healthiest skin that you are capable of. Our team is dedicated to creating custom creams, ointments, and gels with medically proven ingredients to best serve your needs. Over the years, we have continued to improve our formulas by implementing the most up to date medical evidence to best benefit our patients and achieve your skincare goals! Common conditions that we see often and help treat:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Scarring
  • Diaper Rash
  • Stretch Marks

Anti-Aging & Beauty Formulations

Wrinkles, crow’s feet, pigmented areas of the face are all regular signs of aging but can be treated and prevented with specialty creams. Commercially available creams can be too harsh on the skin or have no effect. Let us help you find the right combination of medically backed anti-aging therapies that best matches your goals!

Pain Management

Chronic pain impacts a significant proportion of the population and many people find no pain relief from over the counter preparations. A lot of the times, your doctor is limited to just prescribing you to commercially available medications like narcotic prescriptions or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen. These medications can be harsh on the body causing nausea, constipation, dizziness and long term side effects while having minimal effects on your pain. Using compounding, we can combine multiple ingredients that have their own unique method of providing pain relief while reducing unwanted side effects.  We have experience treating:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Headaches and Migraines

Pediatrics

Children are often resistant to taking medications due to the size of medication, difficulty swallowing, dislike of taste and/or texture. Plus, the fact that many mass-produced medications are not appropriately made for dosing in children adds to the difficulty of keeping your child healthy. We offer custom made medications for your kids with custom flavours, children-friendly formulations (gummies, liquids, lozenges), while providing them with the right strength!

Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

About 50% of men 40+ in Canada have experienced erectile dysfunction and have pursued medical therapy. However, commercially available tablets don’t work for all men and can too long to take effect for the needs of all men. ED can be a problem caused by inadequate blood flow to the penis and medications can remedy this but usually take anywhere from 30-60 minutes to work which can be inconvenient. Rapidly dissolved tablets that we make and are not commercially available can be made to work within 15 minutes and tailored to the strength that works best for you!

Sports Medicine

Staying active is important and there are a lot of things that can keep you away from the active life. Whether it be inflammation, spasms, excessive sweating or infections of any kind, compounding can be the solution to getting you back in action. Many of the commercially available medications can make you drowsy, which can help with the pain but is not ideal if you’re trying to continue your active life-style. We can compound medications that’ll work directly at the site of discomfort and bring you back to your best.

Wound and Scar Care

Wounds can be complicated by conditions such as diabetes and require careful treatment. Sometimes the wounds are difficult to treat and the commercially available products are not enough requiring compounded preparations. Improper treatment of the wound can result in chronic wound formation which increases your chance of a skin infection. We offer scientifically backed therapies that combine pain relief, promote healing, prevent infection, while also minimizing scar tissue formation!

Veterinary

We typically think of ourselves, our children and other family members when we think of medications and health. However, don’t forget about our precious pets! Commercially available products do not consider the special needs of animals and are made for human usage. To optimize your pet’s health and ease the administration process, compound your pet’s medication, keeping them healthy and living a long life. We compound medications for:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Birds
  • Horses
  • Snakes and other Reptiles

Back ordered medication

Drug shortages are a massive problem in Canada and present a massive hurtle to achieving your health goals. Often times the medication you are on goes on backorder causing you to switch to a similar agent which then also goes on back order causing significant gaps in your therapy. Compounding may offer a solution where we can continue you on your regular medication!