We are hungry for sound information about the safety of products we ingest and the efficacy of prescriptions and supplements. NW Remedies, a local compounding pharmacy, shares your concerns. Ryan Martin, PharmD, Rph and pharmacy manager at NW Remedies, works closely with customers and their doctors to personalize treatments for a range of concerns, including hormone health for women and men. “We can do so many different things,” says Ryan, who is also a preventative/functional medicine specialist. This is great news for people who take an active role in their overall well-being.

Ryan Martin, pharmacist at NW Remedies standing behind the counter
Ryan Martin, pharmacist at NW Remedies, works closely with you and your health care providers to deliver appropriate treatments for your health concerns. Photo credit: Mary Ellen Psaltis

Compounding Pharmacy in Olympia

A compounding pharmacy offers services beyond a traditional pharmacy. Your prescriptions can be filled, and then put into a form that works for you. There are the expected capsules, but compounds can be made to deliver via creams, ointments, suppositories, dissolvable tablets and even lozenges (troches). “We don’t use binders or anti-caking agents in our meds,” says Ryan, which is important to those with allergies. NW Remedies uses state-of-the art technology in its preparations. Amounts are titrated to the specifications of the individual. Formulas are not premixed but combined and prepared as ordered.

Everyday Items Affect Hormones

The benefits of a compounding pharmacy are especially interesting and helpful when it comes to hormone replacement for both women and men. Aging brings with it many changes. Women face noticeable hormone changes during perimenopause, the time prior to menopause, which may last a few months or up to 10 years. “Men between 18 and 30 peak with testosterone and from 30 years on lose approximately 1% per year,” states Ryan. This doesn’t mean that everyone needs treatment, but it does mean things are changing within the body.

NW Remedies worker standing at a computer
NW Remedies compounds your prescriptions with great care, precision and state-of-the-art technology. Photo credit: Mary Ellen Psaltis

It’s not only aging that can affect hormone levels. Xenoestrogens, which are endocrine disruptors, have an estrogenic effect. We ingest them from our everyday living and environment. Exposure to pesticides, using plastics, and applying certain skin creams or make-up can create disease in our bodies. Xenoestrogens may contribute to breast, prostate, and testicular cancers as well as obesity, infertility, endometriosis, early onset puberty, miscarriages, and diabetes. Clearly, minimizing contact is ideal, but it takes awareness and making different choices, such as using glass or certain metallic containers instead of plastic ones. Your daily behaviors add up. “Lifestyle certainly makes a difference,” notes Ryan.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Aging and hormonal changes in both men and women may show up in many ways. People may experience and one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Low energy
  • Low libido
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty concentrating

Any one of these can cause significant discomfort and mood irregularities. NW Remedies can customize bio-identical hormone treatments that are meant to ease various symptoms common with aging. When is it time to do something? “If it’s interfering with day-to-day activities,” answers Ryan. “Appropriate doses can treat these symptoms.”

NW Remedies worker preparing a compound prescription
NW Remedies is a compounding pharmacy and also has a retail space with over-the-counter supplements and trained staff to answer your questions. Photo credit: Mary Ellen Psaltis

With endless, and at times controversial, information available online about hormone replacement therapy, it might be helpful to talk with a professionally trained provider. You may already have a doctor to discuss options. If not, you can set up a 30-minute consultation with Ryan via phone or an in-person option. He can then refer you to a doctor or naturopath. If a prescription is decided upon, NW Remedies can compound it for you and put it into a product you can use easily.

Working with your doctor and compounding pharmacist, you can address your health concerns and consider low dose, targeted remedies. “We use human bio-identical hormones, which are exactly the same that your body makes naturally” says Ryan. “It is not the same as Premarin, which was derived from pregnant mare – horse – urine.” he adds.

Compounding Pharmacy for Pets

You might be wondering if NW Remedies can make compounds for your four-legged friends. The answer is a resounding, “Yes!” You can get treatments in pet-friendly flavors like tuna or peanut butter. Instead of fighting your cat to swallow a pill, you can simply put a dab of cream on her ear. In the same way that Ryan works with your doctor, he can also work with your vet.

Ryan Martin, pharmacist at NW Remedies standing in the pharmacy
NW Remedies is a compounding pharmacy and also has a retail space with over-the-counter supplements and trained staff to answer your questions. Photo credit: Mary Ellen Psaltis

NW Remedies is eager to help you along your path of optimal living. The store carries high quality supplements. These can address many of these issues and do not require a prescription from your doctor to purchase. “All the people in the retail side of the business are supplement specialists,” says Ryan, adding, “All products are third party tested.”

Addressing health concerns is a life-long process. Our lives and our bodies are continuously changing.” We want people to have optimal health with better sleep and increased energy,” says Ryan. Let NW Remedies bring comfort to all members of your family.

Learn more at the NW Remedies website, Facebook, and Instagram.

NW Remedies
1851 State Ave. NE Suite 105, Olympia
360.491.0607
Toll free: 800.455.6888

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