Sometimes, you will need medicines and what are we to do when they are full of grains, lactose, other allergens? The answer could lie in getting them made for us, or ‘compounded’ especially for us. I talked a bit about this here: Gluten in Medicines.
I know nothing really about compounding – if any of you have done this, please chime in with some tips/addresses, please.
However, I have seen two useful, albeit US-based, blog posts on the subject recently so thought they might be worth sharing. They tend to concentrate on being corn-free.
First, see this one
which is a great run down of how to go about getting a medicine compounded, convincing your doctor, finding the right pharmacist etc. They suggest you go to the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists to find a local one near you. This seems to be a much bigger list in the US and I could only find one listed in the UK:
Park Royal NW10 7NZ
440 (208) 838-8260
I haven’t rung them or anything but pass it on in case. If anyone uses them, please let us know how you get on.
I thought one of the comments underneath was interesting too – the person said they are starting to use Eastern European meds because they use potato starch as the filler rather than grain. Could be useful to know.
The second post
was a comment on the one above and has some more useful tips for us, not least how many should you order for the best value and making sure they don’t package your new meds in corny stuff.
Making Grain Free Suppositories, Pessaries and Capsules
In related news, I have been exploring other ways of making our own supplements etc. I have found a pessary/suppository mould, a recipe using coconut oil or cocoa butter as the carrier to add stuff into, and a capsule maker with gelatin DIY capsules. I am nothing if not determined to be able to get and take pure stuff when nothing is available!
I’ll let you know how I get on!