HEALTHCARE Education Series Compounded Medicines in ENT Specialties

Compounded Medicines in ENT Specialties

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Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialists frequently leverage the benefits of compounded medicines for their patients. They utilize an array of formulations including antifungals, steroids, antibiotics, antihistamines, expectorants, as well as oral and topical decongestants. Compounding is rooted in its collaborative approach between prescribers and compounding pharmacists.

When patients present symptoms that are not adequately addressed by commercial medications, patient outcomes can potentially be enhanced with a compounded medication. ENT specialists encounter a variety of chronic conditions affecting hearing, speech, and respiration. These range from sinusitis, otitis externa, Meniere’s disease, nose bleeds, nasal polyps, MRSA infections, eosinophilic esophagitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis, mucositis, and burning mouth syndrome. Delivery of medications often necessitates special medical dosage forms like insufflators, troche/ lozenge molds, or metered spray bottles. At times, specific delivery methods are required to ensure the medication remains in contact with oral or nasal surfaces.

Chronic or acute conditions necessitate a diverse array of specific medication solutions, such as antifungals, steroids, antibiotics, antihistamines, expectorants, and oral and topical decongestants. For instance, a nasal irrigation bottle may be used to deliver antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications. Depending on the clinical need, a compounding pharmacist collaborates closely with an ENT to prepare the appropriate, customized treatment in the dose and dosage form best suited for the condition.

Wickenburg Community Hospital Pharmacy is a great, local option for medication compounding. Our pharmacy team can complete your compounding needs and deliver your medication right to your door. We even offer pill packaging with our EZ MedPak program! If you have questions about these services, please reach out to your pharmacist today by calling 928-684-4380.

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