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Getting a child to take medication can be problematic. However, compounded medications can be customized to make administration easier.

Allz Well can compound oral medications into pleasantly flavored suspensions, solutions, concentrates, freezer pops, "gummy bears" or lozenges, in colors that entice the child to take the medication. So, for example, lollipops are an ideal alternative to “swish and swallow” medications that need to be retained in the mouth for a prolonged period of time. Also, most drugs can be compounded into transdermal gels that can easily be applied to an appropriate site, such as the child’s wrist, for absorption through the skin.

One of the most widely used pediatric dosage alternatives is transdermal gel for nausea and vomiting. Promethazine is a frequently used medication for symptoms of nausea and vomiting that can easily be incorporated into a topical preparation to be rubbed onto the wrists or other thin-skinned areas.

Children suffering from a sore throat can be treated with tetracaine lollipops. The lollipops are prepared in various sizes to accommodate all ages, and medication strength varies from 0.5% up to 4%, depending on the condition of the patient. Higher strengths usually are reserved for older postsurgical patients. By adding a flavoring agent to mask bitter, salty or sour-tasting medications, compliance will increase significantly.

Each child is unique. Because of the differences in size, weight, allergies and drug tolerance, it is difficult to always use commercially available medications. An Allz Well pharmacist can aid in formulating a medication that will meet the needs of your child.