What is Compounding Medication for my Horse and Should I Do It?

Compounding Drugs for my Horse

First, let’s start off by explaining what is “Compounding Medication for my horse”?

“Pharmaceutical compounding (done in compounding pharmacies) is the creation of a particular pharmaceutical product to fit the unique need of a patient. To do this, compounding pharmacists combine or process appropriate ingredients using various tools. This may be done for medically necessary reasons, such as to change the form of the medication from a solid pill to a liquid, to avoid a non-essential ingredient that the patient is allergic to, or to obtain the exact dose(s) needed or deemed best of particular active pharmaceutical ingredient(s). It may also be done for more optional reasons, such as adding flavors to a medication or otherwise altering taste or texture. Compounding is most routine in the case of intravenous/parenteral medication, typically by hospital pharmacists, but is also offered by privately owned compounding pharmacies and certain retail pharmacies for various forms of medication. Whether routine or rare, intravenous or oral, etc., when a given drug product is made or modified to have characteristics that are specifically prescribed for an individual patient, it is known as “traditional” compounding.”                          ~Wikipedia

This can benefit you in a few different ways. You can get a drug custom tailored to your horse’s needs and take into consideration any allergies, deficiencies, etc. It also can help with cutting the costs of medications. Instead of spending top dollar on Name Brand drugs, you can frequently get the same thing or very similar compounded for much less.  Compounding is in even greater demand for treating animals than humans because of the relatively narrow selection of medicines that are manufactured by pharmaceutical companies. Some things to factor into your decision are how critical the medication is to your horse’s health, the sensitivity of the active ingredients and the dosage.  Always discuss with your vet the pros and cons of any medication your horse may be on and if compounding is an option for you.

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