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Many medications are not available in child-friendly dosage forms. The most common factors that influence medication compliance among children include taste and appearance. The commercial market does not produce many formulations of medications that are easy to use in the pediatric population.

Treatment Options

Compounding pharmacies are able to provide clinicians with a variety of options of medication dosage forms for their pediatric patients. Common preparations are seen in liquid and topical forms. Freezer pops, gummy chews, and lollipops can be made containing different medicines depending on patient need. These medications can also be flavored according to patient preference.



  • Omeprazole suspension for reflux which is commonly seen in infants

  • Topical diaper rash formulations using cholestyramine



Reviewed:               July 23, 2014

Updated:                June 10, 2016

Reviewed by           Beth Bolt, RPh

References              Williams LA. Pediatric health care: an introduction. Int J Pharm Compd. 2013;17(1):6-8.Mennella JA, Beauchamp GK.                                                Optimizing oral medications for children. Clin Ther. 2008;30(11):2120-32.

Source                     RxWiki

Managing Editor    Anyssa Garza, PharmD

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