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What is Compounding Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Published on February 5th, 2016

Hormones are chemical messengers that our bodies use to share information between different organ systems. They help keep all of our body’s functions in sync. If your hormones are out of balance it can effect many realms of your health, including your emotions, metabolism, skin, and sex life – just think of how haywire your body felt during puberty!

Hormones can become unbalanced due to menopause, disease, or other factors, causing a slew of negative effects. Compounded hormone replacement therapy (HRT) offers a solution to restore balance to hormones.

How is compounded HRT unique?

Compound therapies are custom prepared medications that are mixed to meet the unique needs of a particular patient. Compounded HRT provides an advantage over “one-size-fits-all” hormone treatments, because it takes into account a patient’s current hormone levels and desired outcome for an individualized therapy.

A compound pharmacist works closely with a healthcare provider to evaluate a patient’s current hormone state and develop a hormone replacement strategy to help bring her hormone levels back into a comfortable balance.

What conditions can compounded HRT treat?

The most common use for hormone replacement is alleviation of the symptoms of menopause, however, hormone imbalances can occur at any age and compounded HRT can be used to treat conditions that arise at any point in a woman’s life. Conditions that respond well to hormone therapy include:

  • Reproductive conditions, such as PMS, irregular cycle, and infertility
  • Mental conditions, such as mood swings, poor sleep, and post-partum depression
  • Sexual conditions, such as decreased libido, painful intercourse, and vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain and more

Millions of women are affected by these conditions, and many companies have produced generic products to treat them. Unlike a generic pill, compounded HRT recognizes that each woman is different and tailors treatment specifically to her.

What can I expect with compounded HRT?

The first step in developing your custom HRT strategy is understanding your unique hormonal profile. A compounding pharmacist can give you a hormone evaluation to fill out, and assist your healthcare provider in assessing hormone levels obtained from a serum or saliva sample.

Guided by the results of these tests, your healthcare provider and compounding pharmacist will work with you to develop a treatment plan suited to the needs of your body. Your pharmacist can then prepare your custom hormone treatment in the appropriate dosage form, such as capsules, creams, suppositories, or sublingual drops.

Once therapy begins, you will continue to work with your healthcare team to ensure that the desired results are being accomplished and make adjustments as necessary.

Compounded hormone replacement therapy can help bring your body back into balance. Contact us for a consultation today!

Escape the Heat with Female Hormone Replacement

Published on August 26th, 2014

Every year, as soon as the weather begins to heat up, we see a number of female patients who come to us complaining of hot flashes. Although this is a common symptom of menopause, hot flashes can be even worse when temperatures rise. As we head deeper into August and the eventual Indian Summer of September in Los Angeles, we thought we’d remind everybody of the virtues of female hormone replacement therapy, which can help you manage the many effects of menopause – including hot flashes – much more easily.

When it comes to hormone replacement therapy for women, hot flashes are at the top of the list of symptoms that usually prompt this treatment. We prepare custom dosages of the hormones your body needs, helping to balance out your levels of progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. This can help minimize the recurrence of symptoms like hot flashes, as well as fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, and breast swelling. When combined with a sensible diet and exercise, hormone replacement can also help you maintain a healthy weight more easily.

Most of the women we administer this treatment to patients over the age of 50, although some women experience a condition known as perimenopause earlier than that. At any age, a condition like hot flashes can be extremely uncomfortable. Add to that daytime temperatures that creep into the triple digits, and you can understand why so many women seek relief from this side-effect of hormonal changes within the body.

Fortunately, hormone replacement therapy can be prepared at our compounding pharmacy in West Los Angeles, fully ready for you to use. With regular usage, your hormones can be brought into better balance. This can allow you to return to the normalcy you enjoyed before the symptoms of menopause ever began.

Human Growth Hormones

Published on July 7th, 2014

Patients frequently ask about the differences between Human Growth Hormone and compounded drug for hormone replacement therapy, specifically the advantages of one over the other. Although HGH has become increasingly popular over the years, a c can provide age-defying results.

Compounded Drug May Minimize Risk

Because of the way it works – a growth hormone-releasing hormone (GH-RH), meaning it stimulates your body to produce HGH. HGH injections can lead to an overdose, as the HGH is introduced directly to your body. A compounded drug stimulates your pituitary gland to produce HGH. If you receive too much, your pituitary gland will regulate your body’s natural release of GH-RH to keep your hormone levels safe.

Delivers Consistency

The effects of HGH tend to start strong and fade relatively quickly, as the HGH in your bloodstream recedes throughout the day.A compounded drug on the other hand, produces a natural ebb and flow when it comes to your body’s HGH production. This ensures a steady supply of HGH. It also stimulates the blood vessels that serve as a pathway between the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.

A compounded drug is not subject to resistance within the body, as HGH is. Over time, HGH therapy becomes less effective as the body grows accustomed to the sudden increases in HGH levels. With a compounded drug, the pituitary and hypothalamus are able to regulate growth hormone levels within the body.

Benefits

If you find yourself lacking energy, gaining weight around the midsection, and/or losing strength, you may have abnormally low HGH levels. A compounded drug can return you to normal, healthy HGH levels. It can also help improve heart health, bone density, and sexual performance. To find out which compounded drug is right for you, speak to your physician today.

Increase Your Body’s Natural HGH Production

Published on June 23rd, 2014

Many people have heard of the use of Human Growth Hormone as an age-defying therapy. As with many purported fountains of youth, the benefits of HGH can sometimes be overstated. However, this natural compound does confer a number of benefits, such as:

  • Increased Muscle
  • Reduced Body Fat
  • More Energy
  • Increased Focus
  • Faster Healing
  • Better Sleep
  • Improved Heart and Bone Health

If you want the benefits of HGH, taking an HGH supplement may not be the right course of action. Instead, many people benefit from taking a synthetic growth hormone releasing hormone that stimulates your body’s natural HGH production. This approach is more advantageous for many people who have HGH deficiencies.

A compounded chemical identical to your body’s natural growth hormone can release peptides, which stimulate the production of HGH. A compounded drug can stimulate your pituitary gland to secrete more HGH, allowing your body to apply this hormone wherever it is needed.

Although HGH production is highest during our developmental stages, especially puberty, adults still need HGH to maintain vital bodily functions. Since natural HGH production begins to taper off as we age, many people suffer from weight gain, loss of muscle and bone density, heart disease, and other problems. Optimal adult HGH rates are achieved at age 20, with a marginal one- to two-percent drop each year starting around age 30. By the time we reach age 80, our HGH production is often dangerously low, which causes a rapid acceleration of the aging process.

HGH can have negative effects on the body if the dosage is too high. HGH injections cannot be regulated by the body, nor can the negative side effects of too much HGH be negated. For more information on which compounded drug can help your body, speak to your pharmacist today.

Hydrocortisone Can Provide Adrenal Fatigue Relief

Published on March 10th, 2014

Your adrenal glands produce important hormones that help regulate your body’s natural systems. They sit on top of the kidneys, where they provide your body with adrenaline, cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, aldosterone, estrogen, and testosterone. In some cases, the adrenal glands may become under active, leading to a condition known as adrenal fatigue. This syndrome can lead to a number of conditions.

  • Fatigue
  • Achiness
  • Recurrent Infections
  • Poor Stress Response
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Difficulty Recovering from Infections

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can lead to a whole range of symptoms. Nervousness, dizziness, irritability, and fatigue can all present when your blood sugar is low. Dietary changes are often recommended to help control these symptoms.

Compounded Hydrocortisone

Hydrocortisone is often prescribed to help patients control their adrenal fatigue. This medication can provide low doses of adrenaline, easing the adrenal insufficiency in many people. Even better, however, is the hydrocortisone provided by a compounding pharmacy.

The hydrocortisone that is mass produced is sold at your average pharmacy. A compounding pharmacy however can prepare a compounded drug to better treat the problem. The reason for this is that these special preparations are time released, providing your body with a steady stream of the hormones it needs to regulate blood sugar and other functions. It is an immediate way to give your body the support that your adrenal glands are no longer able to give.

Other Adrenal Fatigue Treatments

In addition to compounded hydrocortisone, there are several foods and supplements you can take to help your adrenal glands heal. Foods that contain vitamin C, pantothenic acid (a B vitamin), licorice, and chromium all support the healing of your adrenal glands. If you are currently suffering from adrenal fatigue, ask your doctor about the best treatment options for you.

Trouble Sleeping? Try All Natural Progesterone

Published on March 4th, 2014

It is a lesser known fact that as women enter their 40s, getting a full night’s sleep becomes increasingly difficult. Long nights of tossing and turning, difficulty falling asleep, and waking frequently throughout the night become more and more commonplace during this time in a woman’s life. This is because even during the perimenopausal phase – which can begin 10 years before the onset of menopause – levels of progesterone can plummet.

Progesterone is a hormone that is vital to regulating sleep patterns. Woman struggling with sleeplessness may benefit from hormone replacement therapy using all natural, bioidentical progesterone. Bioidentical hormones can be used to replace falling levels of your body’s own hormones, providing the same great benefits that often get taken for granted when hormone levels are optimal.

Bioidentical progesterone behaves just like the hormones produced in your body. Most patients who begin using progesterone report a dramatic improvement when it comes to restful sleep. In fact, some women report noticeable progress after just a few treatments. This is because progesterone makes it easier for your body to enter the deep REM sleep that leaves you feeling refreshed when you wake in the morning.

There are many mass produced hormones on the market today. However, the advantage of bioidentical hormones is that they are derived from all natural materials, in this case soy bean plants. Bioidentical hormones are molecularly identical to the hormones produced by the body, increasing the benefits and reducing the risks associated with these kinds of treatments.

Only compounding pharmacies produce bioidentical hormones, as opposed to the mass produced synthetic versions available at regular pharmacies. Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy proudly produces bioidentical progesterone to help alleviate the symptoms of perimenopause, menopause, and hysterectomy. Hormones are available in a variety of applications, although oral progesterone is the most popular form.

Estrogen Therapy for Post-Menopausal Relief

Published on February 28th, 2014

For most women in the U.S., menopause occurs around age 51. The loss of hormones that occur after menopause can lead to hot flashes, vaginal and urinary tract dryness, depression, and a host of other conditions. Given that the average life expectancy for women in the U.S. is 79, this means that the average woman will spend more than a third of her life living with the adverse effects of hormone loss. Fortunately, estrogen therapy using bio-identical hormones can produce remarkable results in post-menopausal women.

Bio-identical hormones are derived from natural plant sources, usually yams or soybeans. Unlike synthetic hormones, bio-identical hormones match your body’s natural hormones exactly. In the case of natural estrogens, therapy using bio-identical hormones can help adverse effects of menopause. The conditions most often helped by estrogen replacement therapy include:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Mood Swings
  • Vaginal and Urinary Tract Dryness
  • Hot Flashes

Certain conditions, like osteoporosis, require early treatment in order to counteract the negative effects of hormone loss.

Estrogen is actually comprised of three separate hormones, each of which has its own effects on the body. The three types of estrogen are estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3). When prescribed as a mixture of all three types of estrogen, the compound is referred to as Tri-Est. However, estrone is so prevalent in women after menopause that many doctors prefer not to prescribe it for hormone replacement therapy. Instead, they may recommend a different compounded drug.

Bio-identical estrogen is usually not available as a mass-produced pharmaceutical. If you are prescribed estrogen, you can get your prescription filled at your local compounding pharmacy. For those in Los Angeles, Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy can produce the estrogen treatment you need to help alleviate your worst post-menopause symptoms.

Is Your Testosterone Lower than Your Father’s?

Published on February 24th, 2014

Declining testosterone levels are a part of the aging process. Once you reach age 30, your body produces about one percent less testosterone each year. So what do we make of all the talk about low testosterone, or “low T,” that’s so prevalent in the media today? Could it be that men today are suffering from lower testosterone levels than they did in the past? The answer may surprise you.

Although a natural decline in testosterone is unavoidable as we age, men today do have lower levels of testosterone than previous generations. A study by the New England Research Institutes has shown that over the past two decades, men have had lower testosterone levels, regardless of age. That means that a 60-year-old man in 1989 had a higher level of testosterone than a different 60-year-old in 1995. Environmental factors seem to play a role – including decreases in activity levels and higher obesity rates – but researchers could not isolate the contributing factors. It is thought that environmental factors, such as food additives that increase estrogen levels, may be to blame. Regardless, the message is clear: your testosterone levels are most likely lower than your father’s were at your age.

Low testosterone can have a number of undesirable side effects, not least of which is a severely diminished libido. Men whose testosterone levels are below the normal range for their age group often suffer from a host of problems such as:

  • Diminished Sex Drive
  • Lack of Energy
  • Depression
  • Loss of Muscle Mass
  • Increased Adipose (Fat) Tissue
  • Lower Bone Density
  • Higher Risk of Heart Failure
  • Trouble Concentrating

If you are suffering from any of the conditions listed, you may have low T. These symptoms are generally not part of the normal aging process and should be reported to your doctor. He or she can run tests to determine whether or not your testosterone levels are within the normal range for your age.

If testosterone therapy is prescribed, Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy can provide your testosterone in a range of preparations. Taken regularly, testosterone therapy can greatly improve the symptoms of low T. Testosterone levels may be declining, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with the effects. Talk to your doctor today to find out if testosterone therapy is right for you.

The Importance of Nandrolone Decanoate

Published on February 17th, 2014

As HIV progresses into AIDS, many patients develop a condition known as HIV-associated wasting. As a matter of fact, this loss of body mass is often considered evidence of the progression from HIV to AIDS. Regaining diminished muscle mass can be nearly impossible for patients with this condition. However, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have had some promising results when treating these patients with nandrolone decanoate.

Nandrolone decanoate is an anabolic steroid, currently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of anemia of renal insufficiency, a condition commonly associated with kidney disease. Nandrolone decanoate is similar to testosterone, and has demonstrated the ability to increase red blood cell production, increase muscle mass, and stimulate appetite.

In the aforementioned UCSF study, men enjoyed a 3 to 4 kg (about 6.5 to 9 lbs.) increase in weight, primarily lean body mass. Furthermore, men randomly selected from the study showed increases in total testosterone and sex hormone-binding globulin. Both men and women were able to achieve increased lean body mass with no changes to body fat. This means that many patients can halt and partially reverse the debilitating effects of HIV-related wasting.

Even more promising, the benefits of nandrolone decanoate can be augmented through resistance training. Patients who underwent supervised resistance training during their nandrolone treatment showed even greater increases in weight, strength, and lean body mass than those who got no exercise.

Treatments similar to this can be formulated by a compounding pharmacy, provided you have a prescription from your doctor. Here at Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy, we are proud to serve our Los Angeles patients who need assistance in their battle with unwanted weight loss and other unwanted diseases.

Growth Hormone Deficiency and Other Uses for HGH

Published on February 10th, 2014

Human growth hormone is an increasingly popular substance, at least in terms of public perception. Growth hormone is a naturally occurring peptide hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction, and regeneration. It is an anabolic agent and, as such, has been abused by athletes as a performance enhancer since at least 1982. However, muscle building and other off-label uses of growth hormone are strictly prohibited by the FDA. Instead, the main use of growth hormone today is for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency in children and adults.

Growth hormone deficiency in adults can take many forms. There are physical, emotional, and mental symptoms that may be experienced as a result of growth hormone deficiency. These may include:

  • Increased body fat, particularly around the waist
  • Reduced lean body mass
  • Decreased strength/stamina
  • Decreased bone density
  • Changing cholesterol levels
  • Fatigue
  • Increased sensitivity to cold or heat
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Feelings of isolation

If you are suffering from any of these conditions, you may want to ask your doctor to screen you for growth hormone deficiency. Adults who develop this condition often do so because of the presence of a tumor or thetreatment to remove a tumor. In some cases, it can also be the result of injury to the pituitary gland, which produces human growth hormone under normal circumstances.

Growth hormone deficiency can also affect children and infants. This can lead to conditions like idiopathic shortness, which occurs when a child is much shorter than normal for their age group with no other explanation.

Growth hormone has also been used to treat a number of other diseases. Doctors today are prescribing growth hormone to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis

If your doctor has prescribed growth hormone to you, Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy can help develop a compounded formula to fill your prescription quickly and easily.

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