Hormone Replacement Solutions
Unbalanced hormones can make you feel like a stranger in your own skin.
Hormones have a powerful effect on your body and many areas of your health, including:
• your mood
• your metabolism
•and your sexual and reproductive function
A hormonal imbalance can affect more than your mood - it can be responsible for a number of related health concerns, including:
-Irregular Menstrual Cycle
These conditions affect millions of women. As the number of women seeking hormone-related treatment has grown, so has the mass production of pills, patches and creams by the drug industry. Each woman's body is different and has its own unique needs, but commercially manufactured products tend to be "one size fits all," and they do not always account for the differences between individuals.
The Compounding Advantage Pharmacy compounding is the preparation of customized medications for patients. The advantage of compounded hormone replacement therapy (HRI) is that it can be adapted specifically to fit each individual's body and hormone levels. Bio-identical hormones have the exact chemical structure as the hormones in the human body. The body recognizes them and allows them to mimic the function of the hormones the body produces on its own.
No two women are alike, and compounding pharmacists understand this. A pharmacist experienced in HRT can assist a health care provider in interpreting the results of tests that measure a patient's hormone levels. The health care provider; compounding pharmacist and patient can then determine a course of treatment that will give the patient the exact amount of hormones her body needs.
Working closely with the patient and her health care provide[ a compounding pharmacist can help her start and maintain a hormone-replacement regimen that brings her hormones back into balance and closely mimics what her body has been doing naturally for years. With a health care provider! prescription, the pharmacist can prepare hormones in a variety of strengths and dosage forms. Thanks to compounding, there are customized hormone prescriptions to meet your specific needs. And that's power of personalized medicine.
The Compounding Solution
Compounding is the preparation of customized medication. lt provides valuable benefits to many patients, including those for whom dealing with chronic pain has become a way of life. Because it's personalized to the specific patient, compounded medication can treat symptoms while avoiding certain side effects.
By working with a compounding pharmacist, your physician can prescribe treatments tailored specifically for your pain management needs.
Alternative Dosage Forms
Some have difficulty taking pain medications in their commercially available forms due to stomach irritation or other side effects. Compounding can provide alternative methods of delivery to make the process easier. lnstead of a capsule or tablet, a topical gel, cream or spray can be compounded to be applied directly to the site of the pain and absorbed through the skin. Also, dosage forms like nasal sprays, custom-flavored troches that dissolve under the tongue or suppositories are alternative possibilities.
These dosage forms bypass the gastrointestinal tract,helping patients with stomach irritation as well as those who have difficulty swallowing pills. ln some cases, these delivery methods may allow for a smaller dose of the drug to be taken, which can reduce side effects like dizziness and drowsiness.
Some chronic pain sufferers, such as patients with fibromyalgia, are placed on a variety of medications which means taking multiple drugs. Compounding can make it possible for these patients to get all their medications in a single preparation, which is much more convenient.
Because patients vary in size, symptoms and pain tolerance, commercially available medications, sometimes may not provide the appropriate dosage strength for an individual patient. Through compounding, a physician and pharmacist can customize the dosage to the exact amount the patient requires, and find a dosage form that best suits the patient's needs. Pain can be debilitating, whether it's acute muscle or nerve pain resulting from an accident, or a chronic condition such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Pharmacy compounding may help improve a patient's quality of life by providing relief with potentially fewer side effects and less overall medication.