Thank you for your interest in hormone replacement therapy options. We applaud you for taking charge of your health and making informed choices. Our goal at Riley’s Drugs is to provide the resources and information you need to make a decision that is best for you. We are happy to assist you whether you are a new patient just wanting more information or a patient who may already be on synthetic hormone replacement but seeking a natural alternative. We have three staff pharmacists, Roberta Vining, Stacy Hendrix and Kathy Moore, who specialize in natural alternatives for hormone replacement. With permission from you and your physician we can customize and compound a therapy based on your individual hormone needs. Additionally we can consult with you in the areas of diet, physical activity, nutritional supplements and sleep habits to help you achieve total body wellness.
We highly recommend that you educate yourself on natural hormone replacement therapy. We encourage you to read Hormone Hell to Hormone Well which is available for purchase or on loan for a refundable deposit of $20. You can also find information on our website, www.rileysdrugs.com, look under the compounding tab, select Natural Hormone Replacement, an information page will appear. If you click on Bio identical hormones on this page it will link you ZRT labs where you can access additional information.
Hormone testing through saliva, dried urine and/or blood spot (capillary blood from the finger tip) which measures free hormone levels has become one of the most valuable tools we utilize to help you achieve normal physiological hormone levels. We have kits available from ZRT Laboratories for your convenience. This kit allows samples to be collected in the convenience of your home and you simply pay the lab when you send in your sample. Detailed instructions and mailing information are included inside the kit. We recommend reading the instructions carefully several days before collecting to make sure you understand everything. Premenopausal women should collect their saliva on the morning of day 19, 20 or 21 of their menstrual cycle. Men and post-menopausal women can collect any morning within 1 hour of waking up.
With a physician’s order, ZRT does bill Medicare and some insurance companies but payment is not guaranteed. ZRT is available to answer specific insurance questions.
If you decide you are interested in pursuing natural hormone replacement therapy, you will be asked to schedule an appointment for consultation with the pharmacist and to fill out an evaluation form with your medical history to be kept in your chart. Please bring all medications/supplements which you are currently taking along with a copy of your most recent lab work (cholesterol, thyroid, glucose) to the consultation. There is a $100 fee for a 30 minute in person or phone consultation. We encourage you to have questions prepared ahead of time to get the best use of your time. It is our pleasure and desire to give you our undivided time and attention. We want to help you feel your best!!
Your consultation includes a discussion of your evaluation form and recommendation for therapy (if needed) to your physician. To get started on this path to wellness, we ask that you contact your physician to inform them of your interest in compounded natural hormone replacement. Please tell them that you would like to work with the pharmacists at Riley’s to determine if you might benefit from natural hormone replacement therapy. Ask them if they would be willing to prescribe this type of therapy and if necessary, receive a faxed recommendation from the pharmacist. This is only a suggestion for therapy because the final authority rests with you and your physician.
Once you have begun hormone replacement therapy, you will probably have questions. We encourage your questions and will return your phone calls or emailed questions in a timely fashion. When you contact us, please leave your name, phone number and the nature of your call for the pharmacist. We will then obtain your chart, review your current therapy, and return your call/email as soon as we are able. We ask that if your question requires more than a brief phone call, that you make an appointment for a follow-up consultation either by phone or in person. There is a minimal charge for follow-up consultations. It is possible that routine questions may be handled by another staff member. It is our policy to refer you to your prescribing physician for questions concerning your hormone therapy if you have not had a recent consultation with one of our pharmacists.
We ask that you comply with your therapy for 3-4 months and then schedule a brief follow-up with one of our pharmacists. At this time your symptoms and therapy will be re-evaluated.
We look forward to working together with you as you seek the healthy hormonal balance and total body wellness you deserve!! Health is precious, let us help protect yours.
Roberta Vining, RPh Roberta@rileysdrugs.com
Stacy Hendrix, PharmD Stacy@rileysdrugs.com
Kathy Moore, RPh Kathy@rileysdrugs.com
*Disclaimer: The advice given whether written or implied is the expert opinion of the pharmacist and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your physician.
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