What Is Autism?

Autism is the general term given to a group of serious developmental conditions that collectively are known as autism spectrum disorders. The condition typically manifests in early childhood, usually before age 3. While symptoms vary, any form of autism spectrum disorders affects an individual’s ability to communicate and interact with others.

We understand the complexity of autism therapies and the need for individualized options.

Children affected by autism often have unique physical or psychological challenges that can be exacerbated by ingredients found in food and medicine – for instance casein, soy, sugars, gluten, dyes, carbohydrates, and heavy metals (such as aluminum). Parents must manage their child’s unique dietary restrictions, including the ingredients in the medications they take.

Because each child’s body has its own unique needs, commercially available medications sometimes may not provide the appropriate dosage form or ingredients needed. For these children, compounded medications are a critical tool.

“Most compounded medications for children with autism are for younger kids who can be especially finicky and can’t or won’t take capsules or pills. Compounded medications in different dosage forms and flavors are often the only way to administer key ingredients such as melatonin, amino acid and vitamin mixtures that are crucial in managing autism.

“Parents and practitioners working with children with autism must manage ingredients that can trigger reactions, such as hyperactivity, irritability, depression and acting-out, or serious gastrointestinal problems.

At the Leamington Wellness Pharmacy we can customize dosage forms and flavours to that may be beneficial:

  • SuspendAll™: A suspension base for oral medications that is free of ingredients known to cause reactions in autistic children.

  • Anhydrous Lipoderm®: A quick-absorbing cream used to deliver medications transdermally. It does not use aluminum silicate – a common binding agent.

  • Effervescent Powder™ Base: A powder base for oral medications that effervesces when mixed with water and is used to help make medications more palatable.

B Vitamins

The use of B vitamins that are bioactive (in a form the body can most readily use) are recommended because these children do not easily absorb adequate amounts of B vitamins. The bioactive form of vitamin B6, P5P, is specifically recommended. We can also formulate B-Complex injections that contain some of the active forms of B vitamins.

Common Nutritional Supplements Include:

  • Probiotics

  • Omega 3/6 Products

  • B-Vitamins & B-Complex

  • Proteins and various nutritional supplements

  • Glutathione

For more information on our custom compounding services, please contact us at 519-322-4922.