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What is a Compounding Chemist?
A Compounding Chemist is a pharmacist who is specifically trained to tailor make medications to suit the exact requirements of a particular patient. Over the past 50 years this skill has all but disappeared from the modern pharmacist, being replaced by medications which are mass produced by large multinational pharmaceutical companies. Visionary Health Compounding Chemist has modern compounding laboratories with advanced equipment to individualise a medication required.
Visionary Health can:
- Provide products such as natural hormones, pain control medications and dermatological preparations not otherwise available
- Prepare medications free of preservatives, dyes, chemical allergens and intolerances such as salicylates, lactose and the like
- Vary strengths of "commercial" medications
- Prepare palatable flavoured dosage forms for children, pets etc.
- Prepare older discontinued lines such as Milk of Magnesia, Edinburgh Camphor Cream, Colourless Iodine etc.
What are bio-identical hormones?
Bio-identical or natural hormones are hormones identical to those made by the human body in the ovaries, testes, and adrenal glands in women and in men. Typical bio-identical hormones are progesterone, oestrogen, testosterone, DHEA, thyroid, pregnenolone, melatonin and cortisol.
These prescription-only hormones are prescribed by medical practitioners in order to supplement the body's declining production and therefore restore the normal physiological level. In the last century, normal endogenous production of hormones has declined as a result of industrialisation, pollution, and stress. Synthetic hormone tablets have to be converted by the body to natural hormones in order to work and often unwanted side-effects are exhibited.
What is the difference between a troche and a cream?
A troche is a compounded hormone lozenge formulated to a patient's exact requirements. This slowly dissolves in the cheek cavity to absorb bio-identical hormones and other medicines across the mucous membranes into the blood stream.
A troche generally takes 30 minutes to dissolve in the mouth and should not be actively sucked like a sore throat lozenge.
A hormone cream, formulated to an individual's requirements, transports solubilized hormones in its transdermal base across the skin into the blood stream. A dosage applicator accurately measures the cream which is rubbed into soft tissue areas such as inner arms, face and neck or upper chest. Creams should be rubbed in for 30 seconds after the skin appears dry and then the hands washed. Serum levels, following cream administration, are maintained for a longer period than when troches are used and less hormone bypasses the stomach and liver.
Both troches and transdermal creams are regarded as modern transport vehicles and medical practitioners will prescribe one or the other administration, according to his/her professional experience. If one form does not give the required result, he/she will change. In some circumstances, capsules containing micronized hormones may be prescribed. In a patient undergoing IVF, pessaries containing bio-identical progesterone are administered.