My partner infrequently takes medicine that was originally prescribed overseas. The USA version of the pill is too high a dose for them. Is it possible to obtain a lower dose from a US compounding pharmacy, and how does that work?
My partner very infrequently takes 5 mg of temazepam to treat a balance disorder. They were originally diagnosed in a country where temazepam is dispensed in 10mg tablets, which can be cut in half with a tablet cutter.
Now we are in the US, which seems to only have temazepam in capsules, in increments of 7.5mg
. My partner got a prescription for the lowest dose, but 7.5mg is too high a dose for them, making them sleepy and dopey. (This makes some sense, since it is usually prescribed as a sleeping pill.) Since the US version are capsules full of powder, they can't be cut up to lower the dose.
We were wondering if it was possible for a a US doctor to have drugs like this* re-compounded to lower the dose? Our doctor wasn't sure. It wouldn't have to happen very often, since they only need to take a dose every couple of months or so.
- temazepam is a Schedule IV drug in the US
- this is an off label use for it