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Alternative Dosage Forms
Some patients have difficulty taking medication in its commercially available form. Instead of a capsule or tablet, pain medications often can be compounded as a topical gel, cream or spray that can be applied directly to the site of the pain and absorbed through the skin. They also may be available int eh form of a custom-flavored troche that dissolves under the tongue, a nasal spray, or suppository. Such dosage forms may bypass the gastrointestinal tract, providing optimal results with less GI irritation. These dosage forms also help patients who have difficulty swallowing pills, removing yet another source of aggravation.
Some chronic pain sufferers are placed on a variety of medication to help address the symptoms associated with the disease. On many occasions, these multiple products can be combined into a single dose of a specially prepared compound that combines the
medications into a single capsule or topical preparation, providing greater convenience for the patient.
Because patients vary in size, symptoms, and pain tolerance, a healthcare provider and a pharmacist can customize the dosage to the exact amount the patient requires and improve patients’ quality of life by providing relief with fewer potential side effects and less overall medication.