changed to different formulations that may be more efficient or easier to administer. For example, if a patient has difficulty swallowing pills, the compounding pharmacist can formulate the medication or hormone(s) as a cream or gel. Or, for sensitive patients who require preservative-free or allergen-free prescriptions, a compounding pharmacist can meet these needs by preparing prescriptions accordingly.
Dr. David Brownstein, an advocate of compounded prescriptions, points out in a special report in Integrative Medicine that patients need individualized doses of hormones. "Pharmaceutical companies want us to believe that everybody needs the same dose of all medications," he writes. "In truth, everyone has a unique biochemical thumbprint; we don't all need the same dose of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, or even the same amounts of nutrients in foods."
For optimal hormone treatment, a practitioner can fine-tune or modify the dose or prescription of a compounded BHT as an individual's hormonal needs change, or match an individual's preferences and absorbtion abilities. Another advantage to compounded BHT is that multiple hor-mones can be combined in a single dosage form to ensure better patient compliance.