Flavour Compounding

Flavour Compounding

Making medication taste better

One of the greatest challenges in prescription medication is a simple fact: some patients just don’t like taking medicine. From a child who can’t stand the taste of a prescribed medicine to a cat who absolutely refuses to take an antibiotic, taking medicine rarely is a pleasurable experience.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Each patient is unique, with certain likes and dislikes. Others have difficulty swallowing a pill, and might respond better if the pill were compounded into a liquid suspension instead. A distinctive solution to these issues is a flavoured medicine.


Medicine doesn’t have to taste bad


Adults & Children

We have access to many flavours and flavour combinations which can enhance the taste and colour of a medication to make it easier to swallow.

A child who has difficulty taking a prescription because of the taste is a great example. He or she won’t mind taking medication that tastes like bubblegum, watermelon, or even chocolate. Most flavours we use are sugar-free and some are dye-free, which benefits patients who are sensitive or have allergies.

Many adults also may benefit from flavoured medication. As people age or battle a chronic illness, taste preferences can change. Often, sweet flavours can become unbearable, or bitter flavours may cause nausea. In these instances, your compounding pharmacist can alter or mask certain flavours in order to make medicine more palatable – without changing the strength or effectiveness of the medicine itself.

When flavouring antibiotics or certain medicine for children, for instance, careful consideration is given to the measurement of pH in order to maintain the medicine’s stability.



Cats, dogs, exotic pets and even zoo animals are also great candidates for flavoured medication. Cats don’t like tablets, but they do like fish. Dogs may not appreciate a squirt of traditional medication into their mouths, but their owners may have a lot less trouble if it tastes like chicken.

Working with a pet owner and a veterinarian, we can custom-flavour a medication to fit the tastes and preferences of any kinds of animal. There are beef, cheese, chicken and liver flavors for dogs; fish for cats. Horses prefer alfalfa, cherry, apple, carrot and molasses. Even birds, rodents and reptiles have flavour preferences that can be met by a compounding pharmacist.

Click here for more information on veterinary compounding.

Do you have a flavouring challenge that could be solved through compounding? Ask our pharmacists about custom flavouring and our flavour compounding options.