Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Compounding
Compounding pharmacists are meeting the needs of peri-menopausal and menopausal women and men (Andropause) by use of bio-identical hormones. These hormones are appealing to patients because they help to mend a hormonal imbalance with hormones that are identical to those produced in the human body.
A compounding pharmacist can tailor a hormone regimen, which mimics what a female’s body has been doing for the past 50 years or so. All women are not the same; therefore, a compounding pharmacist can add value by preparing the medication to “fit” the patient with the appropriate dosage strength and form. For male patients, supplementation of the basic hormone testosterone has show to be an effective treatment for most men experiencing Andropause.
The compounding pharmacist, working in triad with the patient and her healthcare provider, can start and maintain bio-identical hormone replacement. Hormones can be placed in a variety of dosage forms including: capsules; topical creams, suppositories and sublingual troches or lozenges. As the patient works with her physician and compounding pharmacist, she can choose the dosage route and strength that is most beneficial and pleasing to her.
BHRT is most often prescribed to ease the symptoms of menopause, but it also can be used to treat a variety of conditions that women of all ages may experience, including:
- Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Post-partum depression
- Weight gain
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Sleep disturbances
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Decreased libido
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Vaginal dryness
Information courtesy of PCCA, our independent compounding resource.