Malfunctioning of the adrenal glands can lead to over-production or under-production of adrenal hormones. Health experts believe than four in five adults suffer from some level of adrenal malfunction, and as a result, suffer from adrenal fatigue in varying degrees.
While diet and exercise are important to maintaining adrenal health, these efforts alone may not be enough to correct adrenal hormone levels. Compounding pharmacy offers safe, proven and effective ways to improve these hormone levels in the body to address the condition of adrenal fatigue.
American Integrative Pharmacy, led by Dr. Neema Yazdanpanah, provides innovative and advanced compounded solutions to correct adrenal hormone levels in the body and provide relief from conditions such as adrenal fatigue to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and nationwide.
Key Adrenal Hormones
The most important anti-stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands is cortisol. Commonly known as a ‘fight or flight’ hormone, cortisol is secreted within the body when a major stressor occurs or a feeling of harm is experienced.
Adrenal glands also produce other essential hormones that aid in converting nutrients into blood glucose for energy, maintaining electrolyte balance, and facilitating the storage of fat in the body. All these functions are aimed to mitigating fatigue and keeping a person active and energized.
Symptoms of poor adrenal function may include:
- Inability to handle stress
- Decreased sex drive
- Chronic or worsening fatigue
- Exhausted after exercise
- Muscle weakness
- Dizzy when standing
- Fogginess in the brain
- Craving for sugar or salty foods
- Swollen ankles which worsen at night
- Recurrent infections
- Loss of appetite
- Food sensitivities
- Inability to tolerate thyroid replacement therapy
Diagnosis and Treatment of Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulate test is the most common test to diagnose adrenal insufficiency. The test may be performed at a qualified lab under the guidance of a physician of an integrative pharmacy or another medical professional. The test involves measuring of the levels of cortisol in the blood and urine before and after receiving an injection containing a synthetic form of ACTH.
If the ACTH test indicates an abnormal response, additional tests may be performed to determine the cause of adrenal insufficiency. Depending on the final diagnosis, a comprehensive treatment plan will be prepared to correct the specific hormonal imbalances of the adrenal glands.
The physician may work closely with a compounding pharmacist to determine the most appropriate treatment approach for an individual patient and administer a customized hormonal therapy for best outcomes.
Low Dose Cortisol Treatment
Adrenal dysfunction is also responsible for the conditions of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome in many people. The compounding pharmacist may provide a low dose cortisol therapy, particularly in cases where the patient has symptoms such as low blood pressure or baseline cortisol levels in the low to normal range. These patients will usually benefit the most from this treatment.
American Integrative Pharmacy provides traditional as well as modern compounding pharmacy solutions, including online prescription refills to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and nationwide.
American Integrative Pharmacy is located in Lomita, CA serving residents in and around Orange County, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Torrance and surrounding areas. Online prescription sales are available across the US.