Thyroid hormone therapy has been around for over 80 years and is the most popular treatment today. It’s sometimes used to treat an underactive thyroid, which means your body isn’t producing enough of its hormones naturally- however, this can be problematic since it might cause other health issues down the road if not treated properly!
The good news? Compounding has a manufactured solution that works just like nature by increasing production without any side effects.
A butterfly-shaped gland known as thyroids is located in the front of your neck, just below Adam’s apple. This particular structure produces hormones that regulate everything from metabolism to heart rate and more! If the gland isn’t functioning properly, it can cause serious health problems. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough of these essential hormones. It can lead to weight gain, fatigue, depression, and more.
Conventional treatment for this typically involves taking hormone replacement therapy as a pill, which can be difficult to absorb and cause other issues like nausea or vomiting.
The thyroid gland is a small organ in the front of your neck that helps control how fast you lose weight. It needs iodine to work well, but it also relies on other hormones for cues about when to produce these chemicals and send them out into our bodies. The brain releases one such hormone: thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH). When this protein arrives at its target cells via the pituitary gland’s nerve impulses sent from your central nervous system, it tells those same endocrine glands what kind or amount of protein should be made.
The thyroid gland works to produce two hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine( T3). These control our metabolism. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid does not produce enough of its hormones, resulting in insufficient energy levels and symptoms like weight gain.
- Sensitivity to cold
- Weight gain
- Hoarse voice
- Dry skin
- Puffy face
- Muscle aches
- Stiff joints
- Heavy or abnormal menstrual periods
- Thinning hair
- Slow pulse
- Impaired memory
- Enlargement of the thyroid gland
Thyroid Support With The Help of Compounding
Compounding pharmacists are uniquely positioned to help patients with thyroid disorders in several ways.
- First, compounding can create custom formulations of thyroid hormone replacement therapy that are more bioavailable than commercially available products. It means that the patient can absorb more medication and get the full therapeutic effect.
- Second, you can use compounding to create formulations free of fillers and other ingredients the patient may be sensitive to. It can help to reduce or eliminate side effects.
- Third, compounding can prepare unique delivery systems for thyroid hormone replacement therapy, such as transdermal gels and creams. These delivery systems can provide more consistent blood levels of the medication and may be more convenient for the patient.
Compounding also offers the advantage of being able to tailor the dose of thyroid hormone replacement therapy to the patient’s individual needs. It is particularly important in children and adolescents, who may need smaller doses than adults.
Compounding can be a valuable tool in the treatment of thyroid disorders. Compounding pharmacists can work with patients and their healthcare providers to develop custom formulations that are more bioavailable, free of fillers and other ingredients that the patient may be sensitive to, and delivered via a more convenient delivery system. So if you want your thyroid support treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to your compounding pharmacy in Canada.
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