Compound Medication FAQ



Pharmacy Compounding Services


Compound Medication FAQ

Learn more about how Walgreens medication compounding services might fit your needs.

Q: Why would your doctor prescribe a compounded medication?

A: Based on your specific health needs, your doctor determined creating a customized medication for you or loved one is the best treatment plan available. Some reasons may include:

  • The medication prescribed is no longer commercially available
  • You may be able to take a single dose of certain combined medications
  • One dosage form may be easier to take (e.g. converting a tablet to a liquid)
  • Changing inactive ingredients could help you avoid allergy issues
  • Creating pediatric dosages and formulations that may not be readily available

Q: What type of medication formulas can be compounded?

A: All Walgreens locations can fill prescriptions that are considered "simple compounds" such as those requiring the addition of flavorings, or a combination of two or more liquid dosage forms.

For example, we can compound medication that's easier to swallow, or easily applied to the skin or combined with a medicated mouthwash.

Some of the more complex dosage forms include:

  • Regular and slow-release capsules
  • Creams, gels, lotions and ointments
  • Lollipops/lozenges
  • Suppositories
  • Suspensions

Q: Why compound my medication at Walgreens?

A: Each of our compounding pharmacy locations feature dedicated staff with extensive training in order to mix, prepare and package customized compounded medications. Counseling is provided, along with instructions that will help you properly take your medication. All of our compounding recipes are fully researched, standardized, referenced and stored in our central database.

This means all Walgreens compounding locations have access to the same recipes, ensuring accurate and consistent medication compounding.

Walgreens accepts major prescription plans, and Medicare and Medicaid.