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Compounding for Endocrine Disorders in Adult Patients

Author(s):  Grajeda Betty Jo, Vail Jane

Issue:  Jul/Aug 2005 - Human Hormone Replacement Therapy
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Abstract:  Among the most common endocrine disorders diagnosed in adults are hypothyroidism, adrenal dysfunction, and sex hormone imbalances (most frequently a low testosterone level in men and inadequate estrogen or progesterone levels in women). Although menopause and andropause are not diseases or disorders, they result from hormone imbalances, and the need for symptom relief often compels patients to seek medical treatment. Endocrine disorders can produce a variety of symptoms (fatigue, irritability, weight gain, lethargy, depression) that mimic those evoked by many other causes. The primary care physician is uniquely positioned to identify endocrine malfunction and to design a treatment regimen for its successful management. To achieve that therapeutic goal, many clinicians enlist the skill of a compounding pharmacist. Compounded preparations can be made for each patient according to a physician’s detailed instructions and dispensed in a dosage form (cream, capsule, gel, troche) that improves compliance. Modifying

Related Keywords: Betty J. Grajeda, MD, Jane Vail, endocrine disorders, hormone replacement therapy, sex hormones, hypothyroidism, menopause, andropause


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