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Are your hormones out of balance?


Published: 03/31/2015

by Patricia Nugent

After graduating in 1993 from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy, Jeff Potter, R.Ph., founded Clinical Apothecaries so he could more positively impact patients’ health. In 1999 he changed the culture of his practice into a compounding and consulting pharmacy.


“As a compounding pharmacist I can utilize FDA-approved ingredients to customize medications to more specifically meet the patient’s needs,” says Jeff.


This is done by working collaboratively with physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.


Getting the Balance Right

For ladies, the two main areas of treatment are fertility, patients in their 20s and 30s trying to conceive, and peri-menopause, menopause, and post-menopause, for those in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.


The myriad of hormonal issues—from lack of energy to low libido, hot flashes, night sweats, headaches, cognitive decline, and weight gain—can usually be remedied with bio-identical hormones.


“I evaluate patients based on measurable objective means, which is a ZRT Labs test of saliva and blood; and subjective means, which is me interviewing them at length to get a firm understanding of the issues they are facing,” he says. “Since I understand the chemistry of the body, what is happening at the cellular and biochemical level, I can recommend the best hormone therapy to get the balance right.”


When the test results come back in a week, he recommends bio-identical hormones to mimic what is lacking in the patient’s physiology. 


“My career could not be more rewarding,” he says. “Take Lauren G., of Medina. She spent six years and tens of thousands of dollars working with different doctors to try to conceive. When she came to me she was beginning to lose hope that she would ever have a baby. So imagine what it felt like when, after just three months of balancing her hormone levels, she came in and announced she was pregnant.”


For men, hormonal imbalance hits somewhere in the 50s. With a drop in testosterone, known as andropause, guys can feel weak, depressed, and often suffer from erectile dysfunction. They go through the same test and are treated with a cream to deliver the balancing hormone levels.


After patients receive initial treatment, Jeff recommends they come back in a month to make sure the prescription is working effectively.


Boosting the Body’s Functions

In addition to the tweaking of hormones for optimal health, Clinical Apothecaries also carries a line of adrenal supplements backed by scientific research and results.


“Especially popular this post-holiday time of year is the Core Restore liver detox kit,” he says. “This comprehensive, seven-day lifestyle and nutrient plan detoxifies the liver through protein drinks and multi-vitamins. My patients usually lose eight to 12 pounds over the week.”


Two of his biggest sellers are Magnesium Glycinate to promote more restful sleep and supplements, known for boosting mood and energy—just what Clevelanders need during these long winter days.


Supplements are arranged by their function on glass shelves in the spacious and inviting retail and reception area at Clinical Apothecaries, which also houses well-appointed private consultation rooms where Jeff educates patients, as well as the laboratory for compounding the formulas.


Clinical Apothecaries is at 4087 Medina Road, Suite 200 in Medina. Many major insurance plans cover a portion of bio-identical hormone therapy. Jeff Potter is an active member of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, is a past trustee of the Ohio Pharmacists Association, and is a member of the Rules Review Committee for the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. He is also a proud U.S. military veteran. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Consultations can be scheduled before or after regular business hours if needed. For more information, call 330-721-7949 or visit