Though aging can't be halted, some of its effects are actually treatable. Recent research has identified a number of common physical and emotional symptoms experienced by aging men. Termed "andropause" or "male menopause," these symptoms are related to decreasing levels of testosterone or increasing levels of estrogen. The effects over a period of years can be numerous: decreased libido, impotence, decreased muscle mass and strength, osteoporosis, heart disease, stamina, sleep disorders, mood changes, depression and anxiety.
For andropausal men, treatment is necessary to restore strength, vitality, and quality of life. This usually involves "rebalancing" the system with supplemental testosterone, most frequently through injection. But compounding can offer andropausal men other options.
What is compounding?
Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing custom medications for individual patients. In recent years, compounding has experienced a resurgence, as many physicians are working with pharmacists to provide their patients with the benefit of medications tailored to certain needs.
Supplementation of the basic natural hormone testosterone has shown to be an effective treatment for most men experiencing andropause. But not all men are the same. The amount of testosterone necessary to help address the symptoms of a 230-lb. man differs from that required of a 160-lb. patient. The value of hormone replacement through pharmacy compounding is its ability to customize a therapy to fit your individual body and hormone levels. The result? Better accuracy and a healthier balance.
Unique Dosage Forms
Just as dosage strength can vary from patient to patient, so can the way it's best administered. While injection is probably the most common form of taking testosterone, it's not always the best option for everyone. Many now believe the most effective means of dosing testosterone is topically, via creams, lotions or gels that are applied directly to the skin. Another non-intrusive dosing is through flavored lozenges which dissolve in the mouth. When complying with daily dosing is a problem, some physicians prefer to prescribe implantable pellets. These are administered every three to five months in a relatively simple office procedure. Working closely with a physician, a compounding pharmacist can develop a dosage form that works best for the patient.
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