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Andropause And Hormone Replacement Therapy For Men

By Stephen Daniels

Just as menopause is a hormone deficiency in mature women, andropause is a hormone deficiency affecting approximately 1 out of every 200 men. This problem can be successfully treated with natural bio-identical testosterone, provided by a compounding pharmacy.

Symptoms of andropause include fatigue, reduced libido, depression, anxiety, weakness and osteoporosis. Although generally occurring in men aged 50 or older, any patient with a testosterone level of less than 300ng/dl is a good candidate for replacement therapy according to Basaria and Dobs of Johns Hopkins University.

The usual treatment is for the patient’s doctor to prescribe a customized dosage of bio-identical Testosterone USP, which is approved by the United States Pharmacopoeia, and filled by a compounding pharmacy to ensure optimum effectiveness. A compounding pharmacy can formulate medications that are not commercially available and do not contain additives such as dyes, lactose, sugar or alcohol.

Customized medications made by compound pharmacists were a common practice of the earliest druggists, and only became less common with the arrival of today’s mass-produced commercial drugs. In the early 1800s, pharmacists specialized in growing and compounding medications, producing all-natural effective drugs. As more active ingredients were isolated and discovered, drug companies were formed to economically produce combined medications. Thus, the early practice of compounding medications evolved into today’s mass-marketed synthetic prescription drugs.

All-natural bio-identical testosterone is key to the success of andropause treatment. Mass-produced hormone replacements contain an extra side chain to their molecular structure, for the purpose of creating a synthetic product that commercial drug companies can patent. Bio-identical testosterone provided by a compounding pharmacy is made exactly as it naturally occurs in the body.

Doctors consistently monitor andropause patients treated with customized prescriptions. Throughout each stage of treatment, the doctor works with the compounding pharmacy to formulate the patient’s precise individual dosage. Possible side affects of this replacement hormone therapy are lower levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol, and little or no effect on HDL or “good” cholesterol. A pre-existing condition of prostate cancer is known to be accelerated by testosterone, but the probability of an initial occurrence is not increased by testosterone therapy.

Documented cases of successful bio-identical testosterone therapy report results including decreased erectile dysfunction, increased energy and libido, improved psychological well-being, and increased strength, muscle mass and bone mineral density of the spine and hip.

Men who feel they are experiencing the symptoms of andropause, or “male menopause,” should contact a doctor or endocrinologist who specializes in age-related male hormone deficiency. Make sure the doctor works with a pharmacy skilled in compounding medications for the most natural results.

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Stephen Daniels is an acclaimed NetBiz SEO 2.0 researcher. If you need a compounding pharmacy in the Los Angeles metro area, he recommends Advanced Compounding Pharmacy. They can work with your doctor on a customized prescription for andropause and offer other compound drugs for everything from pediatrics to pain management.

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