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Unread 01-17-2011, 12:32 PM
Switched to Compounded Hormones

Switching to Compounded Hormones

Hello,

I am new to this site!! I'm so grateful that I've found it! I don't know if I'm posting in the correct area so I'm sorry if I'm not.

To make a long story short, I was on Premarin for a number of years - no progestin/progestorone. My doctor, in the midst of the hormone scare a couple of years ago, switched me to the lowest dose of premarin and I started having all kinds of problems. I tried going back to what I was using but it was too late and it wasn't helping me anymore (the same way it was in the past). Since then I have been here in the hormone jungle trying to find my way out!

I just switched to a doctor who specializes in hormone replacement. She started me on 0.5 mg Vivelle Dot and 100 mg Prometrium. The Vivelle Dot caused a rash so I was switched to 0.5 Climara patch which was worse (rash was even worse)!! On 1/11/11 I was switched to compounded hormones - 0.1 mg Estradiol cream and 100 mg Progestorone SR. To me it seemed like the dose that I was given was doubled - from 0.05 mg (patch) to 0.1 (cream). I called and talked to the pharmacist and he explained that the 0.1 mg dosage is a very, very low dose and although I could half it if I wanted to, I would be okay taking the full 0.1 mg dosage. I have heard such wonderful things about compounded hormones so I was very hopeful but so far, I'm feeling horrible... Headache, major brain fog, hot flashes and absolutely no energy!

Does anyone have any suggestions on how long I should give things to adjust? I don't want to give up too soon unless I have too.

Thanks for any help you can offer!
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Unread 01-17-2011, 02:43 PM
Re: Switched to Compounded Hormones

Hi

First of all, to Hystersisters.

Now, concerning your HRT. It takes lots of us many tries to find the right product for our HRT. So, you are not alone here. It can take up to 6 weeks to feel the full effect of any dose change. However, I do think it is a good idea to call and let the pharmacist know what symptoms you are still having. My pharmacist is my best advocate when it comes to getting the HRT balanced. Here is a link to a list of symptoms of not enough or too much of Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone. Some of the symptoms are on more than one list, so I always look at all three and see which one I have the most symptoms on. It may help you talk with your Dr and/or Pharmacist.

Too Much Estrogen, Too Little

I hope you look around our site. It has a lot of useful information and support.


Kay
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Unread 01-17-2011, 03:48 PM
Re: Switched to Compounded Hormones

Thank you Kay. I really appreciate your reply!

I read the "too much/too little" information and I think that I'm going to try cutting my dosage in half tomorrow and see if that helps... That would take me back down to where I was (0.05 mg) before I started the compounded cream (0.1 mg) on 01/11/11. I also called my doctor's office but she isn't in this afternoon... They have left her a message to call me first thing tomorrow morning. Keep your fingers crossed... I just want to feel somewhat normal again! I'll keep you posted!

Thanks again!
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Unread 01-17-2011, 07:45 PM
Re: Switched to Compounded Hormones

Well, I was thinking your symptoms might be that you aren't getting enough estrogen. Do you still have your ovaries?


Kay
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Unread 01-18-2011, 07:29 AM
Re: Switched to Compounded Hormones

No, I don't have my ovaries...

Maybe I will stick with the dosage that I've been on for the past week until I talk to the doctor this morning. I'll keep you posted...

Thanks...
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