Low Dose Naltrexone

Often times, medications are designed and developed for one purpose then by accident, or research, find another purpose altogether. This is what happened with the drug Naltrexone. Approved by the FDA in 1984 as an aid to block the effects of opium in the body. Low dose naltrexone works on many body systems as opioid receptors are found on almost every cell in the body. Low dose naltrexone has been found to most importantly work on the immune system to modulate its actions.

How does it work?

LDN blocks the opioid receptors at night while you sleep, which in turn causes modulation and rebalancing of the immune system. It increases the production of endorphins, enkephalins and other endogenous opioids which are your internal pain control system. This in turn better balances the immune system and modulates the actions of macrophages, natural killer cells, T cells and B cells which are different function areas of the immune system.

Who should you use it?

Most patients with autoimmune conditions may benefit from LDN – Crohn’s, Hashimoto’s, Lupus, Sjogren’s, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathy, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriasis are some examples. It is also beneficial in neurodegenerative disorders such as Autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Recent studies have shown beneficial effect in some cancers and HIV/AIDS. You should check with your physician about LDN’s applicability to your personal condition.

What are the side effects?

Initially, patients may report disrupted sleep and drowsiness which is self-limiting. Further if a patient is taking an opioid medication, LDN may cause withdrawal symptoms so always assure that your healthcare provider and your pharmacists have a current list of all medications and supplements you use. Prior to filling the prescription, our pharmacists will review your medications and make sure there are no potential interactions with LDN.

What is the availability?

Although LDN can be compounded in any dose needed, our standard prescription strengths are 1.5mg, 3mg or 4.5mg. Moreover, we are able to compound LDN in a solution, Sublingual drops, and topical cream.

The price is based on quantity on these strengths. Contact the pharmacy for current pricing.

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