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Bioidentical Hormones Medication
A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more
One if the same: Bio-identical hormones are identical to the hormones that are made by the human body. The term "bio-identical" does not indicate the SOURCE but rather refers to the CHEMICAL STRUCTURE. The term is used interchangeably with NATURAL as in "found in nature". Ironically, naturally occurring substances cannot be patented so, the pharmaceutical industry chemically altered them in order to get a patent. ...Read more
As an adjunct: Not all women experience severe, debilitating menopausal symptoms. Herbs used by women, like maca, P. mirifica, black cohosh, + vitex are phytohormones which are adaptogenic, meaning, they act as natural SERMS, helping the body adapt to its current hormone levels. If the patient does not want hormones, these may be enough to quell mild symptoms. BI hormone is the preferred rx for replacement. ...Read more
Yes & no . . .: Depends upon what you're asking. While "bio-identical" is not a scientifically recognized phrase, concept makes sense: take things that are identical to what body produces. However, there are many commonly used medications that are not "bio-identical" so that really shouldn't be your guiding principle. Instead, ask about alternatives & what you hope to achieve. Re T, shots, patches & creams r good ...Read more
Less than HRT. : Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced in a laboratory to be identical in chemical structure to what the body would produce. They have less side effects and are more effective than non-bioidentical hormones. However, if the dose is too high or too low, or the hormones are prescribed the wrong way, then the side effects can be the same as non-bioidentical hormones. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes but who cares?: This idea of taking "bio-identical" hormones is getting out of hand. While the concept is cute, it's not a recognized term. There are many good medications that are not bio-identical. Are there safer vs more harmful forms of T? Absolutely! Avoid oral T like the plague b/c liver risk. But whether you use cream, gel, patch or shot is up to you & your doc. Be sure to get labs monitored regularly. ...Read more
Is it possible to become tolerant to bioidentical hormones (specifically estrogen) of any form (oral, transdermal, etc)?
No: No, you can not develop a tolerance to hormones. Hormone replacement therapy requires dose titration (move up and down the dose) in order to properly treat symptoms. Often drugs marketed as bioidentical have an inconsistent amount of hormone in them, especially some of the lotions and sprays available. If many doses aren't working, other, non hormonal, causes of symptoms should be ruled out ...Read more
Dr. Should I be taking these bioidentical hormones? 200mgprogesterone &50mg dhea daily. Im 44 will this bring on menapause? Are they a waste of time?D
Discuss options: It would be inappropriate for us to tell someone whether or not to take specific medications without knowing more about you and why these medications were prescribed. If you are not satisfied with your current treatment plan schedule a visit with your doctor or seek a second opinion. You could also schedule a Virtual visit on Healthtap now. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My hair is long and it's falling out. I stopped taking bioidentical hormones in August as they were interfering with my heart meds?
Estradiol Valerate: Presently, there are no BI contraceptive pills available in the US. Bayer Schering has developed and submitted QLAIRA® (estradiol valerate/dienogest) to the FDA as a "natural" contraceptive and the first in a "New Class" of OCPs. It is patent pending. Qlaira® delivers 17?-estradiol (E2) plus dienogest (DNG) in a 26/2 regimen. It is available in the UK, is well-tolerated + with good reviews. ...Read more
I recently went on bioidentical hormones. Gyn says life will get better. Whats up with the acne, though? 50 looking like 16. Any advice?
Tweak the components: When i manage bioidentical hormones, i get baseline labs, and then treat based on symptoms. Acne can mean too much testosterone or possibly not enough estrogen. I repeat labs when i get "opposite" symptoms like low libido and acne at the same time. Your acne might just need some topical treatment and an effective skin care regimen. Avoiding sugar seems to help acne. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I'm taking bioidentical hormones due to menapause and would like to do the hCG diet protocol to lose some weight, can I do both at the same time?
I've heard that hormone replacement therapy can help with hot flashes. Everyone's talking about bioidentical hormones. What exactly are they and are they safe to use?
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