Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

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

Tired? Are you suffering from unexplained weight gain? Do you feel that you are in a mental fog? These could be signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance is often attributed to a series of hormones being out of sync rather than a problem with a single hormone. 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 at any time in one’s life. Signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance may include but are not limited to:

Signs and Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Women:
  • Hot Flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Low Libido
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • PMS
  • Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Sugar cravings
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foggy Memory
Signs and Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in 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 your hormones are out of balance you can become prone to developing several disorders and diseases. Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy strives to balance our customer’s hormones by working in a triage fashion between patient, physician, and pharmacist. Sometimes patients feel as though they don’t have enough time with their physician to discuss their symptoms and they often forget to ask certain questions about their therapy. ECCP acts as the gateway for communication between the patient and the physician. Working in a triage fashion allows for one to optimize their overall health. Your physician’s appointment and overall review of your hormone levels is extremely important before prescribing any Hormone Therapy. This includes blood and saliva testing which are the two main ways to check hormone levels.

Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy offers saliva testing of most hormones. Insight of suspected hormonal imbalances in both men and women can be determined by taking The Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy Self-Assessment Hormone Replacement Therapy quiz. After submitting your ECCP’s Self-Assessment HRT Quiz one of our pharmacists will get back to you on recommendations of which hormones are possibly out of balance and if further testing (saliva testing or blood work) would be worthwhile. ECCP will also help connect you with a physician in the area if you do not already have a physician to help you enter into hormonal balance.

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

  • Capsules
  • Topical creams
  • Vaginal creams
  • Suppositories
  • Sublingual frops 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 therapies. At ECCP we can compound T4 and T3 into specific strengths by prescriptions that will have the best results for the patient, with zero to minimal side effects. Some patients may not need both T4 and T3 compounded due to the body not converting their own T4 into the more active/potent T3. Your ECCP pharmacist compounds your thyroid medication leaving 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 dosage form options available. Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy strives to balance all types of hormones by working in a triage fashion between patient, physician, and pharmacist. ECCP acts as the gateway communicator between a patient and their physician.

To achieve optimal hormonal balance often more than just hormone replacement therapy is needed. It is important to review your overall health. Regina Jaquess, a doctor of pharmacy, a local resident and owner of ECCP, is also a world-renowned professional water-skier. Setting over nine world records and counting, she is the current world slalom and world overall champion. Regina is very knowledgeable and understands the science and benefits of improved overall health, fitness, and nutrition. She has diversified her pharmacy team to encourage supplemental care, nutrition and exercise. Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy offers the highest strength of vitamins you can get without a prescription. We look forward to meeting you, compounding your next prescription, and optimizing your overall healthcare.

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

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