Thyroid Disease Overview

Thyroid disease is very common, with an estimated 20 million people in the United States having some type of thyroid disorder. A woman is about five to eight times more likely to be diagnosed with a thyroid condition than a man.

Many of the following symptoms of hypothyroidism are experienced by patients including:

• Weight gain
• Cold and heat intolerance (cold hands and feet)
• Fatigue
• Slowed metabolism
• Memory and concentration impairment
• Fluid retention
• Constipation
• Dry skin and/or hair
• Depression
• Low sexual desire
• Headaches, Migraines
• Irregular menstrual cycles
• Enlarged tongue
• Swollen neck
• Deep voice
• Infertility
• Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
• High Cholesterol and Triglycerides
• Nervousness, Anxiety and Irritability
• Hyperactivity – you may find it hard to stay still and have a lot of nervous energy
• Mood Swings
• Difficulty Sleeping
• Feeling Tired All the Time
• Sensitivity to Heat
• Muscle Weakness

Although displaying many of these symptoms, a significant number of individuals living with thyroid disease are going on with life undiagnosed.

Who Experiences Thyroid Disease?

Thyroid disease can affect anyone — men, women, infants, teenagers, and seniors. It can be present at birth (typically hypothyroidism), and it can develop as you age (often after menopause in women).

You may be at a higher risk of developing a thyroid disease if you:

• Have a family history of thyroid disease.
• Have a medical condition (these can include pernicious anemia, type 1 diabetes, primary adrenal insufficiency, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, and Turner syndrome).
• Take a medication that’s high in iodine (amiodarone).
• Are older than 60, especially in women.
• Have had treatment for a past thyroid condition or cancer (thyroidectomy or radiation).

Source: Cleveland Clinic

How Compounding Pharmacies Help Address Thyroid Disease

Thyroid Hormone exists in 2 major forms:

(T3) Triiodothyronine – is the active form of thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland and various tissues in the body.
(T4) Thyroxine – is the inactive form produced exclusively by the thyroid gland.

Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4) can be custom compounded in many different strengths. Sometimes, a combination of T4 and T3 may be an option for some patients, to assist them in accomplishing optimal thyroid replacement.

Porcine Thyroid:

Desiccated porcine extract is a naturally sourced combination of T4 and T3 hormones and can be compounded into capsules that have the T3/T4 ratio that is the hallmark standard in T3/T4 medications. Porcine capsules can be compounded into custom strengths and can be compounded allergen free, gluten free, lactose free, and dye free.

Community Clinical Pharmacy has helped thousands of patients in The East Valley address thyroid imbalances, helping them significantly improve their quality of life.

A compounded thyroid medication can offer advantages that are not commercially available:

• Specific dosage strengths
• Minimize dosage variability
• Eliminate ingredients that may cause adverse reactions in patients
• Eliminate filler ingredients
• Doses can be prepared in specific amounts of T4 and T3

Compounded thyroid replacement from Community Clinical Pharmacy in Mesa, Arizona offers a more customized, tailored approach to addressing conditions related to the thyroid. Compounding allows our expert pharmacists and physicians to work together to formulate medication that is right for you. This includes specific strength, ingredients, and formulation to fit individual specific needs.

Many patients suffering from symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue and thyroid imbalance may not achieve satisfactory results from mass produced, commercial medication. Many that are not experiencing relief from current medications look to compounding experts and their practitioners to develop a more customized care plan.

Thyroid Consultations for Arizona Patients & Providers

Join other Arizonans that have found relief from their thyroid hormone imbalances through working with Community Clinical Pharmacists. Our hormone replacement experts are at the ready, and are available to patients and practitioners for consultation.

When in doubt, contact one of our knowledgeable pharmacists at Community Clinical Pharmacy. We are here to offer you solutions and assist you in making informed decisions about your health. Contact us with comments, questions, or pharmacy related topics you’d like to know more about. And, as always, stay healthy!