Bio-identical Hormones


Although both men and women can benefit from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, it is most often used in women during the menopausal period and beyond. Synthetic hormones are used to best match the body's own hormones. These hormones originate from plants like soy and yam. Extractions are modified so that the hormones become identical to human estrone, estradiol, estriol, progesterone or testosterone.

At Amber, we provide individualized bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and consultation with a prescribing physician for patients who attend regular follow-ups to ensure that doses are best moderated for graceful aging. Prescribed treatment is based on a combination of patient symptoms and tested hormone levels. This treatment strategy aims for well-balanced care that goes beyond the 'one size fits all' approach from commercial hormone replacement therapy.

Dermatology


Here are some examples:

  • Acne
  • Chemical Peels
  • Diaper Rash/ Incontinence

  • Hair loss
  • Nail Infection
  • Pigmentation
  • Pruritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Scars and Keloids
  • Topical local anaesthetics
  • Vitiligo
  • Warts
  • Wound care

Cosmeceuticals


Although aging of the skin cannot be stopped, in many cases, it can be slowed down. In fact, some of the effects of aging are actually treatable. Research has identified many factors that cause the wrinkling and loss of elasticity that come with age. These factors include sun, cold, wind, smoking, fatigue, stress, poor nutrition and even environmental irritants such as soaps and detergents.

Unique Solutions

We come into contact with one or more of the aging factors listed above almost every day. All of us have been exposed to the sun and have experienced stress and fatigue. Since we can't turn back the clock, we can take steps to prevent further skin degradation and rejuvenate skin that has begun to age. This is possible through the innovative use of bio-cosmetic preparations.

All individuals have different skin types and needs. Through the use of a Skin Analyser, we can determine your skin type and condition. The Skin Analyser helps to identify oily, dry and dehydrated skin, as well as other areas of skin damage. By analyzing the results, our pharmacists can customize a regime of bio-cosmetic creams that leads to younger and healthier-looking skin.

Different Dosage Forms & Specialty Compounding


TRANSDERMAL CREAM

Effective and easy to apply

Transdermal progesterone cream is absorbed through the skin into the fat layer, from which it diffuses into the capillaries permeating the fat, where it can be taken up in the blood as needed. It begins circulating in the blood within minutes of application.

Transdermal progesterone is effectively and quickly absorbed into the body. Although you can apply it anywhere, the recommended parts include locations like your inner thighs or inner arms; generally where the skin is the thinnest.

LOZENGES / TROCHES

Quickly absorbed, indifferent flavours

Progesterone supplements can be prepared in the form of a lozenge/troche. This method involves placing the lozenge between the gum and cheek to dissolve. This allows the progesterone to enter the blood stream quickly and easily. This way, the progesterone is able to initially bypass destruction in the liver resulting in improved blood levels.

Our lozenges may be enhanced with natural sweeteners and pleasant tasting flavours to suit your taste buds.

CAPSULES

Convenient, with sustained release

We can also formulate progesterone supplements into capsules. Micronised (very small particles) progesterone is used to improve the hormone reaching the blood to exert its beneficial effects in the body. We can also formulate slow release capsules for more steady hormone levels and a longer response.

For patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules, compounding has an answer. Naturally sweetened, pleasant tasting oral solutions or suspensions can be administered easily and accurately.

SUSPENSIONS

For patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules, compounding has an answer. Naturally sweetened, pleasant tasting oral solutions or suspensions can be administered easily and accurately.

Dental Care


From a nine-year old getting a cavity filled to a ninety-year old being fitted for dentures, needs differ and so do medications. Compounded medications from pain management preparations to various combinations of local anesthetics can be tailored to suit individual needs.

At Amber, we can compound medications to facilitate various dental procedures. Individualized combinations of anesthetics can result in a pain-free experience. Compounded astringents can reduce bleeding and specific compounded oral preparations may also be used to suppress the gagging reflex.

Men's Health


Men have unique health issues and can often benefit from medications prepared by a compounding pharmacy. Amber Compounding Pharmacy is able to prepare custom medications to suit individual needs.

Hormone Replacement Theraphy for Men

Andropause, the male menopause, is the result of a gradual drop in testosterone or increasing levels of estrogen. Symptoms manifest themselves in a number of ways including physical, emotional, psychological and behavioral changes. The effects that develop over a period of years can be numerous: decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, decreased muscle mass and strength, oesteoporosis, heart disease, decreased stamina, sleep disorders, mood changes, depression and anxiety.

Finding Balance

For andropausal men, treatment is necessary to restore strength, vitality and quality of life. This usually involves a rebalancing of the system with supplemental testosterone. A treatment for andropause often includes the use of compounded bioidentical hormones which are identical to the body's own chemistry, integrated with nutrition and fitness. This provides a natural treatment that helps men suffering from the symptoms of andropause to live fully.

Saliva and blood hormone tests can assist a physician in diagnosing the condition. Here at Amber and through a consultative process with physicians, we facilitate the return of male vitality using compounded medicines that include hormonal preparations. We offer testosterone therapy in a variety of strengths and dosage forms including creams to fit best with your unique needs.

Veterinary Medicine


Just like you, animals are unique. Not all commercially available medicines are appropriate for your pet. Often, they do not come in the dosage forms required to successfully treat your pet. Customized medication allows you to give your pet the exact dose required in a dosage form that works best for your pet.

Working closely with a pet owner and a veterinarian, our compounding pharmacists can custom flavor a medication to fit the tastes and preferences of a variety of animals.

Amber compounding pharmacy can prepare your pet's medication in many flavors including beef, liver, chicken, tuna, cheese, sardine, bacon, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter and more. Your pet may even experience the medication as a treat.

Veterinary preparations that we compound:

  • Oral suspensions and pastes
  • Oral powders and pastes
  • Capsules
  • Topical creams, ointments and lotions
  • Otic solutions and non-aqueous suspensions
  • Transdermals
  • Chewable medicated flavored treats
  • Discontinued medications
  • Flavor specialization
  • Sugar-free formulations
  • Combination medications
  • Customized dosage forms

Pain Management


Chronic pain can be a struggle for patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches and muscle pain. Therapeutic options are often limited and patients oftentimes experience distress due to inadequate or inconsistent relief. In addition, many commonly prescribed pain relief medications cause stomach irritation and other unwanted side effects. Since every individual is unique, the types of pain experienced can be equally diverse. Compounding allows the customization of medication to suit individual pain management needs.

Compounding can provide alternative methods of delivery by formulating the ingredients of traditional oral pain medication into different dosage forms.

Patients often complain that they have to take several different medications to treat their pain. Through compounding, we can combine several medications into a single dosage form. This makes it easier to take medication, improving benefits and convenience. Furthermore, compounding can also reduce the total cost of treating chronic pain. Instead of paying for several separate prescriptions, you'll be paying for only one.

Pain management preparations compounded at Amber:

  • Topical gel/Cream
  • Spray form that can be applied directly to the affected area
  • Application sticks (varied in size)
  • Capsules
  • Tablet triturates
  • Flavoured / unflavoured troches
  • Lozenges

Women's Health


Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Theraphy for Women

Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy (BHRT) is most often used to treat menopausal symptoms. Symptoms of menopause include hot flushes, vaginal dryness, low libido, weight gain, irritability, moodiness and sleep disturbances. Yet, any woman who has experienced weight gain, endometriosis, PMS, low libido, or fibrocystic breasts may also benefit from Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is recognized as a tool in Age Management which helps one fight the signs and symptoms of aging.

Women have traditionally used synthetic estrogen and/or progestin supplements to help treat menopausal symptoms or to protect against osteoporosis and heart disease. However, synthetic estrogen and/or progestin supplements have many unpleasant side effects. Most recently, studies have shown that these synthetic hormones can also increase the risk of a heart attack, stroke, and certain forms of cancer.

The use of natural hormones is a better solution for women needing this therapy. Bio-Identical Hormones are derived from either the soy or yam plant and are biologically identical to the hormones that naturally occur in women.

At Amber, we provide individualized bio-identical hormone replacement therapy in consultation with a prescribing physician for patients who attend regular follow-ups. This is done to ensure that doses are best moderated for graceful aging. Prescribed treatment is based on a combination of patient symptoms and tested hormone levels. This treatment strategy aims for well-balanced care that goes beyond the ‘one size fits all' approach of commercial hormone replacement therapy.

Nutritional Compounding


The hectic schedules and haphazard eating habits of busy executives contribute to poor health and fatigue. Many are starting to realize the benefits of nutritional supplementation as compensation for a lack of balanced diet as well as for boosting vitality.

Conventional over-the-counter health supplements typically found in pharmacies or drugstores are catered for the masses and may not be suitable for individuals with particular needs or mineral deficiencies.

At Amber Compounding Pharmacy, we can tailor-make your nutritional supplements according to your prescriptive needs, be it from your physician, nutritionist, or even yourself! Vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbal ingredients can be compounded free from additives, artificial sweeteners or fillers to give you a peace of mind as you prepare yourself for the challenges of life. Safe and natural sweeteners such as Xylitol can be added to your supplements for taste if requested. Alternatively, these compounds can be used as a shake for consumption.

We currently formulate many compounded products for many therapeutic conditions including autism and ADHD.

If you or someone you know could benefit from our Nutritional Supplementation compounding services, or would just like to find out more about this growing field, please contact one of our knowledgeable pharmacists. We will be happy to discuss your questions and concerns.

Examples:

  • Preparation of specialty nutritional formulas for children with developmental issues
  • Preparation of supplements in commercially unavailable dosages (e.g. increase or decrease dose, dosing on a mg/kg basis, sustained release)
  • Removal of unnecessary or unwanted ingredients (e.g. fillers, binders, sugars, starch, artificial colors or preservatives)
  • Flavor adjustment for children for nutritional powders
  • Condensing of a supplement program into a few capsules per day (results in better compliance by the patient)

Sports Medicine


Muscle spasms and inflammation are often experienced by athletes, coaches, trainers or anyone who engages regularly in exercise and other physical activity. In consultation with a sports medicine physician, we can compound medication that reduces pain and improves blood flow. Our compounding pharmacists can help to solve medication problems by using customized preparations. These contain the most appropriate ingredients and most effectively deliver the required ingredients to the affected areas.

Paediatric Compounding


Many parents are aware of the problems involved with medicating their children. Some children resist taking liquid medicine due to its taste, others find it difficult to swallow pills while most are afraid of injections. In addition to these issues, many medications are not labelled for children and as a result, we often have to utilize an adult strength formulation which is generally not palatable to children.

Compounding can ease your child's discomfort by masking terrible tasting medicines into flavoured solutions or suspensions. We present a variety of flavours to make medication less uncomfortable for children.

Common conditions relating to paediatric compounding include:

  • Gastric reflex and Colic
  • Childhood eczema and skin disorders
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Nail biting
    Amber Compounding Pharmacy prepares a a non-toxic cream containing Sucrose Octaacetate which is intensely bitter substance and will discourage nail biting. It is recommended to be applied onto your child's fingertips whenever necessary.
  • Constipation
  • Sleep disorders
  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Other Special Requests
    Such as medications without certain dyes, preservatives or other allergens.

Please contact our pharmacy if you feel we can be of help to you in treating your child.

All medications require a prescription from your doctor.