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5-Fluorouracil

5-fluorouracil is approved for use in many disorders but can be compounded in different dosage forms and mixed with other ingredients for an added benefit.

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Acetic acid

acetic acid is an approved topical antibacterial agent whose versatility makes it a favorable ingredient to use in compounding

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Aluminum chloride

aluminum chloride is often the main ingredient in OTC deodorant products but can be compounded in a prescription strength to combat excessive sweating.

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Baclofen

baclofen is approved in pill form but is also shown to have muscle relaxing properties when applied topically

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Benzoyl Peroxide

benzoyl peroxide is normally used in acne preparations but its antibacterial properties make it useful in topical wound preparations

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Cantharidin

cantharidin is derived from insects and has blistering properties which make it useful in the removal of warts, tattoos, or molluscum contagiosum.

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Capsaicin

capsaicin is made from chili peppers and is useful when applied topically to control pain.

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Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

DHEA is a hormone that has promising results in skin to improve aging.

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Dexamethasone

dexamethasone is used topically in many commercially available products where a steroid is needed making it a decent option in compounding

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Etodolac

etodolac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication that helps reduce pain in the same way when applied topically

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Fluconazole

fluconazole is approved for the oral treatment of certain fungal and yeast infections but has also been shown to be effective when used topically

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Flurbiprofen

flurbiprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication that helps reduce pain in the same way when applied topically

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Gabapentin

gabapentin is an oral medication to treat neuropathy and has also been shown to be very useful topically in pain disorders where nerve damage is a factor such as shingles or vulvodynia.

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General Corticosteroids – Stretch Marks

topical steroids are useful in the prevention and treatment of scar formation because they are proven to reduce redness and inflammation

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Haloperidol

haloperidol is commonly used topically in combination with other ingredients to relieve nausea and vomiting.

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Hydroquinone

hydroquinone is a skin lightening agent that might reduce the signs of aging when applied topically to the skin

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Ibuprofen

ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication that helps reduce pain in the same way when applied topically. There is actually some proof that ibuprofen may be helpful in fungal infections as well.

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Imiquimod

imiquimod is used to treat certain skin disorders such as actinic keratosis, warts, or cancer.

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Ketonazole

ketoconazole is an antifungal agent used to treat ringworm, athlete's foot, dandruff and many nail infections.

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Ketoprofen

ketoprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication that helps reduce pain in the same way when applied topically

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Lactic acid

lactic acid has disinfectant properties that make it useful in compounded preparations.

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Levofloxacin

levofloxacin is an antibiotic that can be compounded into many dosage forms in order to treat bacterial infections.

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Meloxicam

meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication that helps reduce pain in the same way when applied topically

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Methotrexate

methotrexate is an antimetabolite agent that is useful in autoimmune disorders such as psoriasis, eczema or lupus in reducing lesions when applied topically. Can be toxic when given orally.

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NADH

NADH acts as an anti-inflammatory to improve the appearance of skin in rosacea and contact dermatitis

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Niacinamide

niacinamide is a topically applied form of Vitamin B that acts as an antioxidant to improve the look of skin

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Phenytoin

phenytoin is an oral anti-seizure medication that has been shown to stimulate collagen growth and have slight antibacterial properties when applied topically to wounds

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Phytonadione

phytonadione is a topically absorbed form of Vitamin K that might improve signs of aging in the skin.

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Retinoic acid

retinoic acid is a topically absorbed Vitamin A that is commonly used in acne and may reduce skin aging.

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Retinol

retinol is a topically absorbed form of Vitamin A that may improve signs of aging in the skin.

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Salicylic Acid

salicylic acid has antibacterial properties that is useful in acne when applied topically.

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Secretin

secretin is a hormone that regulates homeostasis in the body and may be useful in alleviating some of the symptoms of autism

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Tamoxifen

tamoxifen leads to improved wound healing in keloid scars by altering collagen prodcuction.

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Urea

urea promotes rehydration and normal healing of the skin such as is psoriasis, eczema, calluses and keratosis

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Vancomycin

vancomycin is an antibiotic that can be compounded into many dosage forms in order to treat bacterial infections.

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Xylitol

xylitol is a sugar that is normally used as a sweetener but has actually been shown to prevent recurrent ear infections (otitis media) in children.

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