Flavoring Is a Science … And an ArtMay 15, 2015
Flavoring Is a Science … And an Art
One of the greatest challenges of medication is to ensure complete cure from ailment for the patient for whom it is meant. Taking medicine is sometimes an ordeal for a child or a pet and sometimes even an adult that has special needs. Pharmacists can flavor these medicines in a special manner to ensure that swallowing a pill is as easy as eating a chocolate. Pills can be compounded into liquid suspensions to feed children while solutions can be made into lozenges and chewable lollipops.
Art of compounding in the field of medicine
To meet the demands of medicines which smell and taste good and also contain the required potency of medication that has been described to the patient, pharmacist doctors like Dr. Hooten Melamed develop special formulations. Compounding medicines is a science which becomes an art when it is combined with special flavors to make it edible to fussy patients like children, pets and terminally ill patients. These compounded dosages are available in various forms like capsules, suppositories, transdermal creams, injections, nasal sprays, chewable tablets, lollipops and easily dissolvable tablets.
Flavors that are commonly used by compounder
Oil-based flavors can become hard to swallow and affect the sensitivity of a patient’s tongue. Compounding pharmacists can use artificial flavors like vanilla to make it easy to drink or eat. When a patient requests compounds to be made of prescribed medicines, then their preferred flavors are taken into consideration to customize it to their needs. Compounders develop medications to stimulate the sense of smell and taste of patients and combine flavors with sweeteners, saltiness or sourness to mask the bitterness of medicines. Pharmacists artfully combine medicinal combinations with pleasing flavors like coffee, vanilla, marshmallow and fruity flavors like grape, raspberry, strawberry, grape, chocolate and peppermint.
Flavored medicine and unique dosage
Children refuse medications that have a strong smell or just because it tastes bitter and is difficult to swallow. Sometimes patients that are too ill to take regular medications and cannot swallow large capsules are given this same composition as liquids and topical gels that can be easily absorbed by the skin. When medications have to be given to small infants, then it is generally given in the form of topical gels and intravenous injections as they would not able to swallow oral liquids. Children have unique needs and some may have allergies requiring medications which are free of sugar, gluten, soya or dye
For making medicines for children, pharmacist Dr. Hootan Melamed works with their pediatrician to formulate medications that meets their prescribed formulation. Pets like dogs, cats, horses and cows are also as fussy as children, when it comes taking medication so a certain degree of flavoring has to be done to encourage them to have it. Dogs will like meat flavor while cats will love fish flavor and horses will appreciate medicines flavored with alfalfa, cherry, apples or molasses.
Pharmacists play a very important role in helping patients take their medication in flavors preferred by them so they get its benefits without any trouble.
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