Compounded medications are used to treat a wide range of different men’s health conditions, and essentially they are customized medications that are specifically designed for each individual’s unique biology and hormone levels. Men may have health concerns about prostate or bladder problems, low libido, hair loss, aging skin, fungal infections, low energy levels and many other health conditions that can be treated with compounded medications.
A compounding pharmacist under the direction of a physician can create compounded medications that specifically treat the symptoms and underlying causes of these and other men’s health issues. At modern compounding pharmacies, a wide variety of men’s health preparations can be made including hormone treatments, anti-aging preparations, treatments for infections and hair loss, and many others.
It is a common misconception that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is mainly used for women. More research is showing that men can also benefit from certain hormone replacements; particularly testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH).
Also, there is a “male menopause” known as andropause that occurs for men between the ages of 40 and 55, and causes many symptoms that are similar to what women experience including: loss of libido, depression, irritability mood swings, energy loss, and more. Other symptoms can include weight gain and a loss in bone density, and men who are experiencing these symptoms can often benefit from hormone replacement therapy or a similar type of treatment.
With the consultation of a physician, the symptoms of andropause can be effectively treated, and most of the treatments involve a prescription for testosterone. However, commercial medications are rarely the best option for men experiencing andropause. They are not designed for their unique symptoms and do not take into account their already existing levels of testosterone.
Every individual male loses testosterone at a different rate, and andropause affects every male differently. Some males have minor symptoms and others have more significant symptoms due to a larger testosterone drop. A customized treatment at a compounding pharmacy can be created for each patient for the optimal effectiveness. For instance, a topical gel can be created which has shown to be effective at testosterone delivery compared to other delivery methods.
At a compounding pharmacy, a pharmacist can create unique medication options for men’s health including gels, ointments, lotions, creams, and flavored lozenges or other flavored medications and more. The method of administration that is most effective can be used, and it is often overlooked at how important it is.
Many regular prescriptions are only available as oral tablets which may not be the route for the fastest or most efficient absorption of the medical. Topical administration of testosterone for instance has shown to be effective, and many different types of topical testosterone treatments can be created at a compounding pharmacy. Other medications can be created such as nicotine lollipops that can assist with quitting smoking or flavored nicotine drops.
Low libido is a common men’s health issue and compounded medications can be highly effective at treating low libido. When it comes to treating issues like low libido there are no “one size fits all” solutions, and that’s why compounding pharmacies are useful. Commercial medications and supplements don’t take into account the patient’s current testosterone levels and other important health factors, and as a result they don’t work as effectively as compounded treatments.
There are a variety of causes of low libido including low testosterone levels, medications, illnesses, and other causes. Compounded medications can be custom created with hormones like testosterone or even natural supplements like L-arginine and others that can help treat low libido. The strength of the dosage can be carefully controlled at a compounding pharmacy. Physicians can enroll at a compounding pharmacy to use a particular pharmacy to create their medications for a wide range of treatment purposes. View more information about physician enrollment in Absolute Pharmacy here.
As mentioned previously, men will go through a stage of hormone decline called andropause, and it affects a significant number of men and can start at the age of 40. It is also diagnosed sometimes as low testosterone syndrome or viropause, and it is much less talked about than female menopause but the effects can be significant. Gradually over a period of years a man’s testosterone levels can decline which can start to cause a wide range of health problems. The key is for men to be diagnosed with andropause and not overlook some of the potential side effects of andropause as simply being signs of aging. When andropause symptoms are neglected, a man’s health unnecessarily suffers, especially when there are a wide range of treatments that can be used to treat it.
Symptoms of andropause can include irritability, decreased mental focus, thinning hair, stress, increased abdominal fat, prostate problems, depression, anxiety, headaches, fatigue, sleep problems, thinning skin, bone density loss, reduced exercise capacity, diabetes or insulin resistance, and more. These symptoms may be the result of other illnesses and may certainly have other causes, or they can also be the result of andropause or low testosterone levels. It is very critical for men to be diagnosed by a medical doctor and to also mention directly to their doctor that they may be concerned about low testosterone levels and would like to receive a test for low testosterone.
Preferably, the physician should be able to work with a compounding pharmacy to create an effective treatment. There are several tests that can be used to determine testosterone levels including blood tests and saliva tests, and they are easy to administer. Men should be sure to bring up the fact that they may have low testosterone to their health care practitioner, otherwise it can be easily overlooked because andropause is simply not given the same attention as other health problems that men have, in spite of the potential seriousness of its symptoms. The treatments that can be created at a compounding pharmacy can adequately treat andropause and are much more effective than treatments available elsewhere.