Compounding for Autism

What is Autism?

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.

Introduction to Autism Compounding

Many children with autism follow a special diet free of gluten and casein as well as free of other problem-causing ingredients. Some commonly used medications contain gluten and some probiotics contain casein, which may pose a problem. Fortunately, our compounding pharmacist can prepare medications free of these problem-causing ingredients. Your compounding pharmacist will work closely with your child's pediatrician to provide the best treatment to meet your child's specific needs.

How can compounds help?

Getting your child to take their medication can be a struggle as some kids might not have the easiest time swallowing capsules or taking unpleasant-tasting liquid. These difficulties can become even more challenging when your child lives with autism. With that being said, your pharmacist can prepare flavored syrups, suspensions, lollipops, popsicles, or gummy bears that contain the medication your child needs. Your compounding pharmacist can prepare formulations specifically geared towards children who may need additional considerations when receiving medication. If your child has any food or medication allergies, your compounding pharmacist can prepare medications that are free of gluten, casein, yeast, wheat, certain sugars, and dyes. Some children with autism may need specialized nutrition therapy or specific chelation therapies that can also be compounded by your pharmacist. Here are some examples of how we have helped other kids with Autism.

Dosage Form Advantage Medications
Transdermal avoid bitterness, 1st pass metabolism

glutathione, naltexone, melatonin

Troches avoid pills, variety of flavors melatonin, nystatin, fluconazole
Oral Suspensions avoid pills,  variety of flavors melatonin, nystatin, vitamins, minerals

 

Other ways our functional pharmacist can help?

As a functional medicine pharmacy we specialize in working with our patients and their families when all other treatment options have failed. This is where we shine.  Autism doesn't just affect the child it effects the entire family.  Many kids and parents for that matter that are affected by spectrum disorders have found much relief working with our pharmacists in healing the gut. For more information about our consultations click here.