EDUCATION

Women’s Health

Green Dispensary Compounding work with doctors to provide a number of compounded medications which can be tailored exactly to meet your individual needs. We make many medicines to treat a wide variety of women’s health issues, in particular peri-menopause, menopause and fertility.

To find out more information please select one of the options below. If your issue is not listed below please give us a call and speak to one of our friendly staff members.

Pellet Implants

Data supports that hormone replacement therapy with pellet implants is an effective bio-identical method to deliver hormones in both men and women. Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiological doses of hormones.

Over 70 years of research has illustrated the benefits of pellet implants in administering hormones in both women and men. The consistent physiological dosing has been shown to maintain and improve bone density.

As pellet implants bypass the liver and don’t negatively impact clotting factors, blood pressure, lipid levels, glucose or liver function they are much safer to use.

Pellet implants have also consistently been shown to improve cardiovascular health, sex drive and libido, headaches and migraines, insomnia, hot flushes, mood and depression and joint aches and pains.

 

How are they used?

Pellet insertion is a relatively simple procedure done under local anaesthesia in your doctor’s surgery. The pellets are inserted subcutaneously (under the fatty lining of skin), either in the lower abdomen or the upper buttocks through a very small incision. The incision is then closed with surgical glue or sterile-tape strips. If inserted correctly, patients cannot feel the implants under their skin.

 

How long do they last?

Depending on the hormone, an implant may last from around 4 to 12 months.

After insertion, vigorous physical activity should be avoided for 2-3 days, or as suggested by your doctor.

Some patients begin to feel symptom relief within 48 hours, while others may take up to two weeks to notice a marked difference. The pellets do not need to be removed as they are completely dissolved by the body.

 

Side Effects

Generally, there are minimal side effects associated with the pellet implant procedure.

Complications include minor bleeding, bruising, infection and pellet extrusion. Other than slight bruising, the other complications are very rare. Hormone side-effects vary and should be discussed with your doctor.

Once pellets have been inserted, hormone levels will be re-evaluated prior to the insertion of the next round of pellets. After the first year of therapy, the doctor may suggest testing less frequently based on patient feedback and prior hormone levels.

If you have any further queries regarding our pellet implants please feel free to give us a call and talk to one of our friendly staff.

Hormone Testing

Until recently, hormone levels have been tested using serum (blood minus red blood cells). While this method is fine for testing triglycerides, cholesterol, and many other substances in the body, it may not be the best nor the most accurate method for assessing the body’s steroid hormone levels….in particular, Estrogens (Estradiol, Estrone, Estriol), Progesterone, Androgens (DHEA, Testosterone) and Cortisol.

 

‘Free’ vs. ‘Bound’ Hormones

Only about 1-10% of the steroids in the blood are unbound (free) form as they are mostly bound to carrier proteins. For a hormone to act on a target tissue (breast, uterus, etc.) it must be unbound.

 

Saliva Testing

It is well documented that salivary levels of hormone reflect the ‘free’ fraction as free steroid hormones passively traverse into cells in the salivary gland. On the other hand, ‘bound’ hormones, because of their much larger molecular size, cannot do so.

By measuring the salivary hormone levels a more meaningful picture is obtained.

 

Reference Levels

Baseline measurement of hormone levels in saliva provides an accurate assessment of menstrual levels for younger women and changes in levels for peri and post-menopausal women.

Laboratories performing saliva tests over many years have developed ‘normal’ reference levels to enable comparison and thus give the doctor and patient a guideline from which to begin supplementation of BHRT, if required.

N.B. Some doctors who embrace BHRT still prefer to use serum tests and salivary tests in conjunction as they feel this reflects the total hormone picture.

Men’s Health

Green Dispensary Compounding  liaise with doctors to provide a number of compounded medications which can be tailored exactly to meet your individual needs. We make many medicines to treat a wide variety of men’s health issues such as erectile dysfunction, low testosterone and hair loss

To find out more information please select one of the options below. If your issue is not listed below please give us call and speak to one of our friendly staff members.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a very personal subject for men of all ages and their partners. However, it is quite a common problem and there are many treatments available.

The most common cause of erectile dysfunction is ageing, however, there could be other, more serious, underlying health problems associated so it is important that you seek medical help.

There are three levels of treatment which can be taken to solve the issue. The first usually involves oral medications such phosphodiesterase5 (PDE5) inhibitors  (sildenafil, tadalafil and vardenafil), testosterone replacement therapy, lifestyle changes and counselling. When there is minimal or no success with this first level of treatment, the next option is penile injection therapy.

Green Dispensary Compounding is able to prepare sterile penile injections with varying ingredients in different strengths depending on the requirement of the patient, as assessed by his doctor. Finding the right dose is extremely important and should be done under medical supervision.

To receive a prescription for a penile injection your doctor will need to refer you to a medical practitioner who will be able to determine the correct ingredients and dosages specific for you. They will also instruct you in the correct method of injecting the penis.

Green Dispensary Compounding has a pharmacist specially trained to make your medication in our sterile facility and will be able to answer any questions you may have about the process.

Hormones & Men

As men age, a reduction in testosterone levels can affect a man’s energy, vitality, strength, muscle tone and abdominal fat – as well as blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and insulin levels.

Testosterone is an anabolic steroid, which means that not only does it possess a unique molecular structure, but it has the capacity to promote the formation of bone and muscle in the body. Testosterone is also referred to as an androgen, which means “male producing”, and certainly, the hormone is an essential component of maleness.

In adult males, approximately 90-95% of testosterone is produced in the testicles, and the remainder is secreted by the adrenal glands.

 

Andropause

The term for the reduction of testosterone produced as man ages is called andropause. In our youth, our bodies are protein-forming anabolic (muscle building) machines. To build up all that muscle and bone your body chiefly employed these powerful anabolic hormones to change the amino acids in your blood (from food) and turn them into protein. In the second half of life, however, the reverse process begins to take charge. This is called ‘catabolism’ – the breaking down of tissue. Stress hormones aid this process by turning protein back into amino acids and turning them into glucose for energy – hence the loss of muscle tissue. Another problem when we age is that we have less control over the production of stress hormones mostly due to the decline in testosterone.

 

Estrogens

Interestingly, the male body manufactures its own supply of estrogen hormones, the most prevalent being Oestradiol (E2).. Where does it come from? It is made out of testosterone! An enzyme called aromatase is widely present in the body and converts a certain portion of the male hormone into estrogens. Estrogens produced by this conversion can actually unlock or displace testosterone at its various cellular receptor sites. Consequently, too much estrogen will switch off activities. As we grow older, illness, drugs, dietary imbalances, lifestyle and certain aspects of normal ageing help accelerate this process and raise estrogen levels to unhealthy heights. As a result, the typical middle-aged man becomes over-estrogenised.

 

Insulin

Coupled with the reduction in testosterone is an increase in the production of insulin. Dr Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, an American epidemiologist, has collaborated on a study demonstrating that testosterone decreases and insulin increase with each decade of life and that, independent of the age of the individual examined, there tends to be a direct relationship between the extent of testosterone decline and the extent of insulin increase. As we get older the body uses insulin less effectively – a state called insulin resistance – ultimately resulting in excess insulin production. This means that there can be a build-up of glucose in the blood leading eventually to type 2 diabetes.

 

Heart

Testosterone is also found to be a heart protector. Shippen & Fryer, in their excellent book, “The Testosterone Syndrome”, make this point strongly. Testosterone, by definition, is anabolic (builds protein)… the heart is a muscle and muscle is almost totally protein. Apart from this obvious benefit, the reduction in testosterone production coincides with….

  • the increase in cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • rising blood pressure
  • increased insulin output
  • increased abdominal fat
  • increased estrogen levels
  • decreased energy and strength
  • decreased Human Growth Hormone output resulting in loss of energy and vitality
  • loss of libido

 

Here at Green Dispensary Compounding, we are able to compound medication for hormone imbalance in men. Your doctor will assess your hormone levels to ascertain the correct medication dosage and delivery specific to your individual needs.

Hair Loss

Around 85% of men between the ages of 20 – 50 begin to lose scalp hair. Almost all of these men would be experiencing this issue due to male pattern baldness, which is a genetic condition. However, there are a number of other reasons you may be losing hair, some of these are attributed to smoking, certain medications, too much Vitamin A or a decline in testosterone.

Green Dispensary Compounding can compound a specially made lotion or shampoo to help slow down any hair loss you may be experiencing and your doctor will be able to prescribe the right combination of ingredients needed for your individual circumstances.

If you have any questions about any of our hair loss medications one of our friendly pharmacists will be happy to speak to you.

A prescription may be required from a medical practitioner.

Hormone Testing

Until recently, hormone levels have been tested using serum (blood minus red blood cells). While this method is fine for testing triglycerides, cholesterol, and many other substances in the body, it may not be the best nor the most accurate method for assessing the body’s steroid hormone levels….in particular, Estrogens (Estradiol, Estrone, Estriol), Progesterone, Androgens (DHEA, Testosterone) and Cortisol.

 

‘Free’ vs. ‘Bound’ Hormones

Only about 1-10% of the steroids in the blood are unbound (free) form as they are mostly bound to carrier proteins. For a hormone to act on a target tissue (breast, uterus, etc.) it must be unbound.

 

Saliva Testing

It is well documented that salivary levels of hormone reflect the ‘free’ fraction as free steroid hormones passively traverse into cells in the salivary gland. On the other hand, ‘bound’ hormones, because of their much larger molecular size, cannot do so.

By measuring the salivary hormone levels a more meaningful picture is obtained.

 

Reference Levels

Baseline measurement of hormone levels in saliva provides an accurate assessment of menstrual levels for younger women and changes in levels for peri and post-menopausal women.

Laboratories performing saliva tests over many years have developed ‘normal’ reference levels to enable comparison and thus give the doctor and patient a guideline from which to begin supplementation of BHRT, if required.

N.B. Some doctors who embrace BHRT still prefer to use serum tests and salivary tests in conjunction as they feel this reflects the total hormone picture.

Pellet Implants

Data supports that hormone replacement therapy with pellet implants is an effective bio-identical method to deliver hormones in both men and women. Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiological doses of hormones.

Over 70 years of research has illustrated the benefits of pellet implants in administering hormones in both women and men. The consistent physiological dosing has been shown to maintain and improve bone density.

As pellet implants bypass the liver and don’t negatively impact clotting factors, blood pressure, lipid levels, glucose or liver function they are much safer to use.

Pellet implants have also consistently been shown to improve cardiovascular health, sex drive and libido, headaches and migraines, insomnia, hot flushes, mood and depression and joint aches and pains.

 

How are they used?

Pellet insertion is a relatively simple procedure done under local anaesthesia in your doctor’s surgery. The pellets are inserted subcutaneously (under the fatty lining of skin), either in the lower abdomen or the upper buttocks through a very small incision. The incision is then closed with surgical glue or sterile-tape strips. If inserted correctly, patients cannot feel the implants under their skin.

 

How long do they last?

Depending on the hormone, an implant may last from around 4 to 12 months.

After insertion, vigorous physical activity should be avoided for 2-3 days, or as suggested by your doctor.

Some patients begin to feel symptom relief within 48 hours, while others may take up to two weeks to notice a marked difference. The pellets do not need to be removed as they are completely dissolved by the body.

 

Side Effects

Generally, there are minimal side effects associated with the pellet implant procedure.

Complications include: minor bleeding, bruising, infection and pellet extrusion. Other than slight bruising, the other complications are very rare. Hormone side-effects vary and should be discussed by your doctor.

Once pellets have been inserted, hormone levels will be re-evaluated prior to the insertion of the next round of pellets. After the first year of therapy, the doctor may suggest testing less frequently based upon patient feedback and prior hormone levels.

If you have any further queries regarding our pellet implants please feel free to give us a call and talk to one of our friendly staff.

CMI / QR Codes

What is a QR Code? Well, a QR code looks like this.

You may have seen these before in pamphlets, magazines, posters etc. You can now find them on some of our medications!

Green Dispensary Compounding is taking education to the next level, with Customer Medicines Information (CMI) providing you with important information about your medication right at your fingertips.

We are the first pharmacy who implements this technology in Australia for educational purposes.

If you find one of these on your specially compounded medication, you can now scan the code (instructions below) and learn more information about the medication you are holding. How fabulous is that?

How to Use

green-dispensary-icon_download
Download QR-Codes reader for free from your app store
green-dispensary-icon_start
Start the application
green-dispensary-icon_scan
Keep the camera of your smartphone over the QR code on your medicine
green-dispensary-icon_access
Access and view further information about your medication
Contact Us
close slider

Your Details

Let us know how to get back to you.

+61 8 8363 7322


0