Acne, a very common problem especially in teenagers, has many possible treatments available, but for multiple reasons an alternative may be needed. Many treatments for acne involve the use of antibiotics, which may have additional side effects and the use of which may contribute the emergence of resistant microbes. A compounded, non-antibiotic topical treatment could be a useful alternative. In some cases common treatments simply do not work well enough. Combinations of creams may prove to be more successful than current therapy. Topical nicotinamide compared with clindamycin gel in the treatment of inflammatory acne vulgaris.

A 4% erythromycin and zinc combination (Zineryt) versus 2% erythromycin (Eryderm) in acne vulgaris: a randomized, double-blind comparative study.


With a growing number of children being diagnosed and treated for ADHD and ADD a need for new therapies may be needed. Most often children are treated with psychostimulants which could be compounded into route or specific dosing for a child if their needs are not met through marketed products. For children who can not tolerate, or wish to avoid, psychostimulants alternatives like zinc can be made. Double-blind, placebo-controlled study of zinc sulfate in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Treatments for nausea and vomiting can include some oral medications, rectal suppositories, and IV combinations.  Through compounding new routes of administration or combinations can be made, including transdermal and intranasal routes. Oral combination antiemetics in patients with small cell lung cancer receiving cisplatin or cyclophosphamide plus doxorubicin.

Intranasal metoclopramide.

Nasal absorption of ondansetron in rats: an alternative route of drug delivery.

Bioavailability of Promethazine in a Topical Pluronic Lecithin Organogel: A Pilot Study

Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is a very common but often troublesome problem for infants.  Compounded cholestyramine products have been shown to be a successful alternative to current market products. Cholestyramine ointment to treat buttocks rash and anal excoriation in an infant.