Customized Hormone Replacement Therapy and Low Testosterone Treatments for Men
How Customized, Individualized Hormone Replacement Therapy Benefits Men
Men frequently experience declines in testosterone levels that are similar to the hormonal changes that women experience at menopause; however, men typically have a slower and more subtle hormonal decline, and develop symptoms over a period of time. When hormones are replaced or restored back to physiologic levels considered normal for younger men, through the art and science of compounding, many of these changes can be dramatically reversed.
At Davis Islands Pharmacy, we provide a number of solutions available for men as it relates to staying youthful with age. In addition to Sildenafil, a low cost alternative to Viagra and other brand name ED medications, Hormone Replacement Therapy, including Testosterone Therapy, can improve the overall well-being of men and restore confidence in the bedroom and other aspects of life.
Customized Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men (HRT)
Customized HRT uses hormones that have the same molecular structure as those that are made by the human body. The molecular or chemical structure is the key to the actions or side effects that a hormone will have in the body. In order for a replacement hormone to fully replicate the function of human hormones which are produced by the human body, the chemical structure must exactly match the original. Research has long held that there are significant differences between human hormones and synthetic or animal-derived preparations.
A chemical structure (a hormone, for example) may be modified to create a synthetic product that can be patented by pharmaceutical manufacturers. A patented drug can be very profitable for pharma companies, and that’s what funds further research into the medications use and effectiveness. However, human hormones cannot be patented, so there are fewer scientific studies on “natural” hormones, which are usually provided by compounding pharmacies.
Men’s Testosterone Therapy & Low-T Solutions
In clinical trials, Testosterone Replacement Therapy has produced:
- Improvement in psychological well-being and mood
- Improvement in erectile dysfunction and libido
- Increased muscle mass, strength, and stature
- Preservation of bone mass
Testosterone therapy may not only treat hypogonadism, but may also have tremendous potential to slow or halt the progression from metabolic syndrome to overt diabetes or cardiovascular disease via beneficial effects on insulin regulation, lipid profile, and blood pressure.
Natural testosterone must not be confused with synthetic derivatives or anabolic steroids, which when used by athletes and body builders have caused disastrous effects. Hormone balancing for men may also include dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), dihydrotestosterone (DHT), chrysin, zinc, selenium, and other supplements.
Thyroid Hormone Therapy for Men
Symptoms of hypothyroidism (low levels of thyroid hormone) include fatigue, cold and heat intolerance, hypotension, fluid retention, dry skin, and/or hair, constipation, headaches, low sexual desire, infertility, irregular menstrual periods, aching muscles and joints, depression, anxiety, slowed metabolism and decreased heart rate, memory impairment, enlarged tongue, deep voice, swollen neck, weight gain, hypoglycemia, and high cholesterol and triglycerides. Yet, more than half of all people with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
Although both T4 (thyroxine, an inactive form that is converted to T3 in other areas of the body) and T3 (triiodothronine, the active form) are secreted by the normal thyroid gland, many hypothyroid patients are treated only with levothyroxine (synthetic T4). Some hypothyroid patients remain symptomatic, and T3 may also be required for optimal thyroid replacement therapy.
However, only commercially available form of T3 is synthetic liothyronine sodium in an immediate release formulation which is rapidly absorbed, and taking it may result in higher than normal T3 concentrations throughout the body causing serious side effects, including heart palpitations. Research indicates there is a need for sustained-release T3 preparations to avoid adverse effects.
A randomized, double-blind, crossover study found inclusion of T3 in thyroid hormone replacement improved cognitive performance, mood, physical status, and neuropsychological function in hypothyroid patients. Two-thirds of patients preferred T4 plus T3, and tended to be less depressed than after treatment with T4 alone. Patients and their physicians may wish to consider the use of sustained-release T3 in the treatment of hypothydroidism, particularly when the response to levothyroxine (T4) has not been complete.
Male Adrenal Fatigue
The adrenal fatigue glands secrete hormones such as cortisol, and testosterone that are essential to health and vitality and significantly affect total body function. After mid-life, the adrenal glands gradually become the major endogenous source of sex hormones in both men and women.
Intense or prolonged physical or emotional stress commonly associated with modern lifestyles or chronic illness can lead to Adrenal Fatigue, which is an important contributing factor in health conditions ranging from allergies to obesity.
Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant adrenal hormones like cortisol help to minimize allergic and negative reactions, such as autoimmune disorders. These hormones closely affect the utilization of carbohydrates and fats, the conversion of fats and proteins into energy, and cardiovascular and gastrointestinal function.
Proper adrenal support is essential to complete the hormonal pathway to optimal health, and includes proper nutrition getting plenty of sleep, regular moderate exercise, stress management, slowing down to regain a proper perspective on life, and replacement of deficient hormones.
The goals of customized hormone replacement therapy are:
- Alleviate symptoms caused by the natural decrease in production of hormones by the body
- Give the protective benefits which were originally provided by naturally occurring hormones
- Re-establish a hormonal balance
Our Philosophy & Approach
At Davis Islands Pharmacy, we believe that the goal of hormone replacement therapy should be to provide an adequate supply of the deficient hormone in a form that is as close to possible to that which a man’s body originally produced.
Everybody is unique. Therefore, it is a sensible approach for health care professionals and patients to work together to provide, by prescription, customized hormone replacement therapy in the most appropriate strength and dosage form for administration via the preferred route to meet each man’s individual needs.
The precise components of an individual’s therapy need to be determined after physical examination, medical history, symptoms, and lab testing are performed and evaluated. Furthermore, close monitoring is crucial when it comes to making sure the appropriate dosage adjustments are made.
Our compounding specialists can choose the best base to use for administration of the active ingredients, and can work with the prescriber to determine the most appropriate route of administration and drug concentrations to solve specific and unique hormone deficiencies in men.
The benefits of compounded medications, particularly in the realm of compounded hormone replacement therapies, are many. Along with our physician partners in care, we at Davis Islands Pharmacy know there isn’t always a one-sized fits all approach to treatment. That’s why we consider each man’s lifestyle, along with their unique needs in formulating the most effective treatment option.