Adrenal Dysfunction/Thyroid Imbalance
The adrenal glands are responsible for the production of multiple hormones, including cortisol which is responsible for multiple functions throughout the body. Multiple diseases can affect adrenal function, which will result in changes in the amount of cortisol being produced. A lack of cortisol can lead to symptoms like fever, chills, headache, depression, vomiting, fatigue, and more. Multiple cortisol supplements can be compounded, with one of the most popular being oral Hydrocortisone.
Hypothyroidism, or having low levels of thyroid hormone in the body, is a common condition that can lead to fatigue, temperature intolerance, hypotension, dry skin, slowed metabolism, depression, constipation and more. Getting the right amount of thyroid hormone can be difficult to achieve, and often requires fine adjustments to the dosing. Because of this, compounded thyroid medications are a great approach to delivering the right amount of hormone for a given patient.
Thyroid hormone exists is two main states in the body: T3, the most potent version of the hormone and T4, the less potent version that eventually gets converted to T3 by the body. Most traditional pharmacies offer thyroid replacements in the form of Levothyroxine (Synthetic T4) and sometimes as Liothyronine (Synthetic T3). A compounded thyroid medication can contain a mixture of both T3 and T4 in specific quantities to fit the patient. This can be an ideal way to deliver thyroid hormones as it mimics the way the body secretes both forms.