The Top Compounding Medications Used for Post-Surgical Treatment and Conditions

Any time an animal undergoes a surgical procedure, certain medications will be prescribed and administered in order to help the patient endure its post-surgical treatments, and to facilitate its recovery in as comfortable a state as possible. In most cases, patients receive medications for pain and nausea, as well as an antibiotic to help prevent infection, and an appetite stimulant to help encourage the patient to eat.

The following represent the top medications compounded to help patients through their post-surgical treatment and conditions.

Commonly Compounded Drugs in Veterinary Medicine

Prednisolone – Prednisolone is a corticosteroid that is used in post-surgical treatment to help control inflammation and swelling, skin conditions, kidney problems, and more. It is also used in veterinary medicine to help treat pets with allergies, arthritis, asthma, and many other medical problems. It can also be used in the treatment protocol for some symptoms of cancer. It is commonly compounded in oral, topical, and injection formulations.

Buprenorphine – Buprenorphine is a narcotic analgesic that is prescribed by veterinarians to help treat moderate to severe post-surgical pain. It is most commonly compounded in oral, topical, and injection formulations.

Gabapentin – Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant and analgesic that is sometimes used by veterinarians to help manage post-surgical pain. It is usually compounded in an oral or topical formulation.

Tramadol – Tramadol is an opioid analgesic that is used to help treat moderate to severe post-surgical pain. It is most commonly produced by compounding pharmacies in oral and topical formulations.

Carprofen – Carprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is used by veterinarians to help relieve short-term post-operative pain, inflammation, and swelling. It is most commonly used after spaying and neutering. The oral formulation of Carprofen is most commonly used in veterinary medicine.

Metronidazole – Metronidazole is a popular antibiotic used in veterinary medicine to help reduce the risk of post-surgical bacterial infections. It can be compounded into an oral, topical, or injectable formulation for easy administration.

Enrofloxacin – Enrofloxacin is a broad-spectrum fluoroquinolone antibiotic that is used to help prevent bacterial infections after a surgical procedure. Formulations include oral tablets or capsules, suspension, transdermal gel, topical cream or ointment, otic solution or injectable solution.

Famotidine – Famotidine is an H2 antagonist medication that is used post-surgery to help treat the patient’s nausea. It is also used in everyday veterinary medicine to treat pets with stomach ulcers and other conditions that can cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Famotidine is most commonly compounded in an oral or topical formulation.

Omeprazole – Omeprazole is a proton-pump inhibitor that is also used by veterinarians to treat a patient’s nausea and upset stomach after a surgical procedure. It is most commonly compounded in powder and oral formulations.

Mirtazapine – Mirtazapine is a tetracyclic antidepressant medication that is most commonly used in veterinary medicine for its appetite-stimulating properties. If a patient is suffering from a lack of appetite after a surgical procedure, Mirtazapine may be administered to help encourage the patient to start eating. This drug is most commonly produced in an oral or topical formulation.

Author: Giano Panzarella