Hormone Therapy For Women
Hormones fluctuate throughout the life of every individual; however, if a patient has certain medical conditions or has undergone specific types of surgery, their hormone levels might be further impacted. The best responses are seen in those who can be treated with natural hormones because the body already creates them and knows how to process them.
- Estrogen – mainly produced by the ovaries, but also the adrenal glands, and fat tissue; created in three forms:
- Estradiol – primary type of estrogen in women of childbearing age; responsible for regulating menstruation and fertility; low levels can have a significant impact on bone growth.
- Estriol – weak form of estrogen produced during pregnancy; in high doses can be effective at treating hot flashes and menopause symptoms.
- Estrone – only estrogen that is produced by women after menopause; derived from the conversion of androgens.
- Progesterone – release by the ovaries; sometimes referred to as progestin and can be used alone or in combination with estrogen to help control menstrual problems and menopause symptoms.
- Testosterone – produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands; important for reproductive tissue and bone mass; women only produce between 1%-25% as much as men.
- Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) – produced in the adrenal glands, ovaries, and brain; is the most abundant steroid in the human body and regulates the sex steroids; predominantly responsible for the creation of estrogens and testosterone.
Additionally, synthetic hormones are natural hormones that have been altered in a small way in order for a manufacturer to patent them as a drug. Our compounding pharmacists will work with both the physician and the patient to develop the best combination of hormones to treat their specific condition. Even those that have experienced success with certain hormones in the past may benefit from a more customized approach. Small adjustments to the type, form, and dosage of each hormone prescribed can greatly benefit a patient’s overall response to the treatment.
Hormones can be dosed in the following forms by one of our compounding pharmacists:
- Sublingual drops
Hormone Therapy For Men
The primary hormone necessitating replacement in men is testosterone. About .5% of the male population experiences testosterone deficiency, called andropause, hypogonadism, or “low T.” Testosterone levels in males peak between adolescence and their early 20s and begins to decrease by about 1% per year throughout their 30s or 40s. Although more likely to occur in men over 50, levels below 200 ng/dL are considered low and may occur in men of any age.
- Low libido
- Lack of energy
- Diminished bone density
- Abdominal fat
- Breast enlargement
- Trouble remembering things
- Reduced muscle mass
- Reduced body hair
The benefits of testosterone replacement therapy may include improvements in mood, erectile dysfunction, libido, muscle mass, strength, and bone mass. The compounding pharmacists at East Coast Compounding & Pharmacy can work with prescribing physicians to find the best option for individual patients’ hormone replacement needs.
Chronic pain can have a cascade of effects on patients’ lives. Even though the condition may be controlled, the underlying pain a person experiences can prevent them from carrying out daily activities and enjoying their lives to the fullest. Our compound pharmacists will be able to work with the prescribing physician to create a personalized medication that may include several different types of pain relievers at varying dosages to best target the pain for that individual.
Pain medications available for compounding include:
- Corticosteroids like hydrocortisone, dexamethasone, and triamcinolone
- Muscle relaxants like cyclobenzaprine and baclofen
- Nerve pain modifiers like gabapentin, ketamine, amitriptyline, and clonidine
- NSAIDs like ibuprofen, ketoprofen, and diclofenac
- Opiates like morphine, hydromorphone, and oxycodone
- Topical anesthetics like lidocaine, benzocaine, and tetracaine
Careful adjustment and compounding by pharmacists at East Coast Compounding & Pharmacy will ensure the best possible administration and dosage for individual pain management needs.
While dermatological issues can sometimes be interpreted as strictly aesthetic, we understand the importance of an effective and quickly-working treatment to get patients back to feeling confident and comfortable. Conditions such as acne, chemical peels, rashes, pruritus, lice, infections, pigmentation abnormalities, warts, scarring, and rosacea are just a few of the conditions our compound pharmacists can help with.
Many people worry about the myriad of troubles caused by sun damage. From early signs of aging to skin cancer, the sun can wreak havoc on patients’ skin. While sunscreen can certainly reduce the unwanted effects of summertime sunbathing, it is not without its issues. Some states have begun banning the use of sunscreen that isn’t reef-safe, and all the chemicals involved in making sunscreen as effective as it is can leach into your bloodstream. Sunscreen is certainly not a one-size-fits-all product. Melatonin has been shown to have protective qualities against UV radiation, which is the main cause of skin cancer. A topical cream of 0.1% melatonin solution applied 15 minutes before sun exposure works as an antioxidant in addition to regulating gene expression and stabilizing DNA, thus effectively protecting skin at a cellular level.
Additional examples of ingredients East Coast Compounding & Pharmacy can include in medications for dermatological use are:
- Alpha lipoic acid
- Azelaic acid
- Coal tar
- Tea tree oil
Children can often present more complex needs when it comes to their medications. While most adults can tolerate injections, swallow pills, or generally get past the short-lived task of taking medication, children are not generally as tolerant. Additionally, children may struggle to adequately convey troublesome side effects. Compounding pharmacists can help create a less stressful, more effective solution by personalizing the route, dosage, and even flavor of medication. Some examples of pediatric solutions we offer: better-tasting suspensions, concentrates (to create smaller doses), freezer pops, gummies, hard lozenges, lollipops, and even added colors that may make taking medicine less of a chore for your child.
When children fight their caregivers to take their medicine, waste and spillage may occur, which leads to not ingesting enough of the dose and ultimately not getting the full benefit of the treatment. To better ensure they take the full prescribed dose, a compounding pharmacist can personalize pediatric medications in a way that best suits the individual child.
Dentistry is something that many people, unfortunately, put off for longer than is recommended. As a result, there can be a lot of anxiety surrounding a trip to the dentist and what they might need to treat. This anxiety is especially prevalent in children. Dentists regularly work with compounding pharmacies to create personalized prescriptions to help ease anxiety and treat patients’ mouths with the greatest of care.
Some of the many solutions we offer are:
- Antiviral lip balms
- Numbing gels
- Pressure indicating pastes (PIP)
By personalizing the medication, we can effectively eliminate unwanted side effects, allergic reactions, pain, and anxiety.
Personalized medications aren’t just for people! We work with veterinarians to create custom solutions for pets, exotics, zoo, and farm animals. Customizations include things such as flavors, doses, and medication routes to ensure the best possible outcome based on their specific needs and illness.
- Chewable troches
- Discontinued medications
- Medicated treats
- Oral suspensions/pastes
- Otic and non-aqueous solutions
- Rectal enemas and suppositories
- Topical powders
We know it can be hard to get animals to take medication because caregivers cannot explain why it’s so important or necessary. We offer a wide range of flavors to help ease the frustration of administering a medication that otherwise wouldn’t be very enticing to the animal.
Flavors we offer include:
- Peanut butter
Whether it’s a sick fish or a healing horse, East Coast Compounding & Pharmacy can work with the prescribing veterinarian to create the best possible and most effective treatment for them.
Here at East Coast Compounding & Pharmacy, we know that you may have questions about your medications and supplements, and we know how important your privacy is when it comes to your healthcare. For your convenience, we are pleased to offer private consultations to further customize your experience and help you feel comfortable with your treatment.
Medical Weight Loss
Everyone knows weight loss is a challenging journey that is dependent on diet and exercise. Luckily, there are some medications available for us to help us along this journey. Please reach out to learn more about your options for medical weight loss.
Whether you have questions about how to administer your medication, dosing, or potential side effects, we can help you be most prepared for your at-home care. Our highly trained team is here to help assist you in any way we can so you can feel confident when taking your medication.