Addressing Thyroid Conditions with a Compounding Pharmacy

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Mainstream Alternative for Thyroid Disorders

A Compounding Pharmacy may not be the first thought when it comes to addressing thyroid conditions. But they may play a huge role in better outcomes. Everybody’s thyroid needs are different. And it makes more sense to calibrate your medication to your unique circumstances.

What is Compounding? That’s probably the first question when patients learn about compounding as an alternative to commercially available options. In a nutshell, compounding is the preparation of medication customized for a patient’s particular needs. That includes the form of the medicine (liquid, capsule, troches, etc.), the dosage, and ingredients (or elimination of allergen).

Thyroid diseases are more common than you think. The American Thyroid Association noted that there are an estimated 20 million Americans with some form of thyroid disorder, and up to 60% of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.

Johns Hopkins Medicine notes that thyroid disorder symptoms depend on whether the thyroid is under- or over-producing hormones. The good news is that patients generally respond well to pharmacologic methods.

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Pharmacist Baylor Rice tells about the thyroid, its function, and what you can do to protect or optimize your health. This webinar features over-the-counter options, nutrition, and plans specifically pertaining to thyroid health. Live Q&A following presentation.


Jan 11, 2023 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time 

The Compounding Pharmacy & You

As a patient, one of the most important things to know is that compounded medications always require a prescription. This is because it’s calibrated to your specific needs, which needs to coincide with your primary care physicians’ expert evaluation.

At-Home Blood Spot Testing is a great tool for patients and their medical practitioner to gauge how thyroid hormone levels are doing. A prescription for at-home hormone test kits may be required in some states, check with your doctor or give us call.

Results of hormone tests can inform doctors and pharmacists on whether there is a cause for concern and the best approach to alleviate any deficiencies (hypothyroidism).

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

    • Fatigue
    • Hypotension
    • Enlarged Tongue
    • Swollen Neck
    • Weight Gain
    • Hypoglycemia
    • High Cholesterol and Triglycerides
    • Headaches
    • Fluid Retention
    • Depression Anxiety
    • Slowed Metabolism
    • Low Sexual Desire
    • Irregular
    • Constipation
    • Menstrual Periods
    • Aching Muscles and Joints


Advantages of Compounded Thyroid Medications versus commercially available:

  • The use of desiccated porcine thyroid, pure liothyronine (T3) and levothyroxine (T4)
  • Eliminate fillers and allergen ingredients
  • Compounded with hypoallergenic excipients 
  • Custom strengths and forms based on individual

Supplements that may help optimize thyroid health:

  • Selenium. Selenium, a mineral needed for thyroid hormone production, helps protect the thyroid from damage caused by oxidative stress. The thyroid contains high amounts of selenium, and a deficiency can lead to thyroid dysfunction.
  • Iodine. Iodine is critical for thyroid function. In fact, currently, the only known role of iodine is to support thyroid hormone production. Triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) are thyroid hormones that contain iodine. Iodine deficiency causes thyroid disease.
  • Zinc. The mineral zinc is required for thyroid hormone production. An optimal concentration of zinc is needed for healthy levels of T3, T4, and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).
  • Iron. The thyroid needs iron to convert T4 into T3, the active form of thyroid hormone. Iron deficiency is associated with thyroid dysfunction.


Source: Healthline

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Eastern States Compounding Pharmacy has been a pioneer in compounding medication and serves New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York.

For Providers

Eastern States Compounding works with practitioners to help with providing their practice with the medications they need. 

Send your patients’ prescriptions to Eastern States Compounding experts and we can guide you through the process for the best results.

For Patients

If you’re a patient with a questions about compounding for thyroid imbalances, let your doctor know and they can contact us for any questions. 

We find the patient-practitioner-pharmacist relationship plays a major role in why we’ve succeeded over the decades.

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