What is Compounding
Compounding is the creation of a particular medication to fit the unique needs of an individual patient. To do this, a compounding pharmacy combines or processes appropriate ingredients in a laboratory environment, customized to specific patient needs. Demand for professional compounding has grown in recent years as both patients and doctors have realized that the strengths and dosage forms of commercially available medications are often unable or unsuited to meet the needs of many patients, and that they may have a better response to customized medications.
How can compounded medications benefit me?
There are several reasons why patients opt for traditional compounding. Many patients are allergic to ingredients in certain medications such as dyes or casein, are sensitive to standard drug strengths, or may have difficulty swallowing the pills or tablets that their medication comes in as standard. A compounding pharmacist can work with a patient in order to change the strength of a prescribed medication, alter the dosage form to make it easier to take, or even to add a flavor that makes it taste better. Medications can be prepared to use several unique delivery systems such as:
- Sublingual troches or lozenges
- Oral rinses
- Transdermal gels
Is prescription compounding safe?
Yes, compounding has been a part of pharmacy healthcare since its origins and is still used widely today. A compounding pharmacy must abide by state regulations, as well as section 503A of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and is overseen by the state board of pharmacy.
Every day, women across the country experience a variety of symptoms associated with menopause and hormone imbalance. These include PMS, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, memory lapses and much more. Thankfully, modern medicines can help to relieve these symptoms.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a cutting-edge solution to a matter facing women every day. It is an alternative to traditional synthetic hormone replacement (HRT) and uses a natural human-identical hormone. The term bioidentical means that the substance that replaces the traditionally utilized synthetic hormone is biologically identical to one made by your own body. These hormones include estrogens, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, and pregnenolone. Hormone imbalances will vary from woman to woman and a one-size fits all hormone replacement therapy is not optimal. Unlike traditional hormone replacement therapy, the true value of compounded BHRT is that the hormones can be adapted to suit your individual body and hormone levels.
Bioidentical hormones are more readily absorbed by the body and by optimizing the dosage strength the side effects associated with traditional therapies are minimized. This means the hormones work the same way the ones in your body have all your life. BHRT helps women to avoid the typical symptoms of menopause and hormonal imbalance.
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Low libido
- Heart disease
- Weight gain
- Painful menstruation
- Fibrocystic breasts
Our compounding pharmacy has helped many women with hormone-related problems and we can help you. We offer private consultations with our specially trained pharmacists. Private consultations allow you to address concerns or questions about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. We will work with you and your physician to test your hormone levels and to develop a customized hormone replacement plan that best suits you.