Our pharmacists and technicians prepare and label oral products according to Good Manufacturing Practices and secundum artem. By compounding oral preparations, we can increase drug bioavailability, ease swallowing, incorporate drugs into enteral feeding, and offer diverse dosage strengths.
Solutions are homogeneous liquids containing completely dissolved drugs for fast absorption and ease of swallowing. Flavors may be added to enhance palatability.
- Syrups are concentrated, aqueous preparations of sugar or sugar-substitute, medicinal agents, or flavoring.
- Elixirs are clear, sweetened, hydroalcoholic solutions suitable for water insoluble drugs.
Gels are semisolid systems consisting of a suspension interpenetrated by a liquid. Gels are compatible with many substances and may contain penetration enhancers for anti-inflammatory and anti-nauseant medications.
- Inorganic hydrogels
- Organic gels
- Pluronic gels
Emulsions are two-phase systems in which one liquid is dispersed throughout another liquid in the form of small droplets.
Suspensions are two-phase systems consisting of insoluble drug particles uniformly dispersed in a suitable liquid vehicle.
- Oral suspensions
- Chemotherapeutic suspensions
Lozenges, or troches, play a key role in patients who can not swallow solid oral dosage forms. Lozenges are designed to release a constant drug level in the oral cavity and to bathe the throat tissues. Lozenges can be used to deliver analgesics, anesthetics, antimicrobials, antitussives, or demulcents. Some of the active drug may escape the first-pass metabolism if the drug is absorbed through the buccal mucosa. Flavored lozenges can camouflage unpleasant taste.
- Hard lozenges
- Soft lozenges
- Chewable lozenges or pastilles
Capsules are unit doses of drugs enclosed within soluble shells of gelatin. Capsules add versatility to the drug delivery system armamentarium. Capsules are available in many sizes to provide dosing flexibility. Unpleasant drug tastes and odors can be masked by the tasteless gelatin shell.
- Hard gelatin capsules
Capsules for Investigational Studies
Identical active and placebo capsules are compounded to maintain the blind of clinical drug studies. The properties of investigational controlled-release drugs can also be maintained. View our investigational preparations.
- Capsules with the active drug
- Placebo capsules