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Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and
Thyroid Replacement Therapy

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

thyroid hormone medication

Tired? Suffering from unexplained weight gain? Are you in a mental fog? This is not just a part of life; these are signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance usually is due to a series of hormone imbalances rather than just one hormone out of synch. Hormone Replacement Therapy is meant to aid in balancing your hormone levels, allowing you to feel at your prime day and night.

Hormonal imbalance can happen in any stage of life. Signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance may include but are not limited to:

Signs and Symptoms of Women:

  • Hot Flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Low Libido
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • PMS
  • Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Sugar cravings
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foggy Memory

Signs and Symptoms of Men:

  • Decreased libido
  • Increased joint pain
  • Hair Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased urine flow
  • Anxious
  • Decreased flexibility
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Depression
  • Heart palpitations
  • Weight gain-hips
  • Decreased muscle mass

When ones hormones are out of balance one is prone to disorders and diseases. Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy strives to balance hormones by working in a triage fashion between patient, physician, and pharmacist. Sometimes patients feel as though they don’t have enough time to discuss their symptoms with their physician or they may forget to ask certain questions about their therapy. ECCP’s local pharmacist acts as the gateway communicator between patient and physician. Working in a triage fashion allows for one to optimize on their overall health. Knowing your hormone levels is extremely important. Your physician will need to know them before prescribing Hormone Therapy. Two main ways to check hormone levels is by blood and saliva testing.

Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy offers different types of saliva testing. Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy Self-Assessment Hormone Replacement Therapy Female and Male Quiz can give an insight on hormonal imbalance. Also, after submitting ECCP’s HRT Quiz one of our pharmacist will get back to you on recommendations on which saliva test is necessary and even doctors in your area.

Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy formulates BHRT prescription compounds into a dosage form that fits your specific needs. Common dosage forms of BHRT that ECCP compounds include:

  • Capsules
  • Topical or vaginal creams, gels, and foams
  • Suppositories
  • Sublingual drops or troches
  • Rapid Dissolving Tablets
  • And more...

Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy

According to the article “Thyroid Gland Overview,” “the function of the thyroid gland is to take iodine, found in many foods, and convert it into thyroid hormones: Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body which can absorb iodine. These cells combine iodine and the amino acid tyrosine to make T3 and T4. T3 and T4 are then released into the blood stream and are transported throughout the body where they control metabolism (conversion of oxygen and calories to energy).

Every cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of their metabolism. The normal thyroid gland produces about 80% T4 and about 20% T3; however T3 possesses about four times the hormone “strength” as T4.”

Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy works closely with patients and physicians on monitoring thyroid replacement. At ECCP we can blend T4 and T3 into specific ratios by prescriptions. Some patients many not need both T4 and T3 compounded due to the body not converting their own T4 into the more active/potent T3. ECCP’s pharmacist compound thyroid medication with the ability to leave out “fillers” or inactive ingredients that manufactured thyroid products contain, therefore optimizing thyroid replacement therapy.

At ECCP we commonly compound T3 and T4 prescriptions into capsules and also have other thyroid medication dosage form options. Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy strives to balance all types of hormones by working in a triage fashion between patient, physician, and pharmacist. ECCP’s local pharmacist acts as the gateway communicator between patient and physician.

To achieve optimal hormonal balance one needs more than just hormone replacement therapy. It is also important to review your overall health. Regina Jaquess, Pharm D a local resident and owner of ECCP, is also a world renowned Professional Water-skier. Setting over nine world records and counting, and the current world slalom and world overall champion, Regina knows about overall health fitness and nutrition. She has diversified her pharmacy team on supplemental care, nutrition and exercise. Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy has the highest strength of vitamins you can get without a prescription. We look forward to meeting you, compounding your next prescription, and taking your healthcare to its optimal level.

References: "Thyroid Gland Overview." A Major Player in Regulating Your Metabolism . N.p., n.d. Web. 01 July 2014.
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