Sometimes a patient needs to take a medication, but the dosage they need of that medication is not commercially available at a standard pharmacy. Surprisingly, this is not uncommon. About 75% of people have genetic variations that affect how their body responds to medications. Two seemingly similar individuals with the same condition taking the same dosage of the same medication may have entirely different responses. For one person, it may work effectively as prescribed, while someone else may experience an adverse reaction or have no response whatsoever.
Some patients may also have allergic reactions to ingredients in certain medications and will need the medication to be made without the allergen. Side effects can be serious or even lethal, and millions are hospitalized each year because of them as it is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. It is important to discuss with your doctor and pharmacist any known side effects you’ve experienced with current or past medications, as well as any allergies. Total Care Pharmacy can help make the experience with medication a successful one by personalizing prescriptions.