What is Low-Dose Naltrexone?

Naltrexone has been used for decades in higher doses (50mg) to help in drug addiction recovery. However, over the last 20 years, it has been discovered that much lower doses of naltrexone appear to have an anti-inflammatory effect and can also cause the release of endorphins into the body. Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) may be beneficial for those suffering from chronic pain due to autoimmune diseases, central nervous system disorders, or inflammatory diseases.

Is Low-Dose Naltrexone Expensive?
Low-Dose Naltrexone is not commercially manufactured and has no expensive brand names to worry about. LDN is compounded by the pharmacy to the specific dose decided by your doctor. It is an affordable, budget friendly medication even for patients that don’t have prescription insurance coverage.

Does Low-Dose Naltrexone have side effects?
Any medication can potentially cause side effects. At higher doses, naltrexone can cause gastrointestinal upset, sleep disturbances, dizziness, & headache. LDN has not been shown to commonly cause any of these.

How do I take Low-Dose Naltrexone?
The starting dose can range from 0.5mg to 1.5mg and is usually increased gradually over the first 4 to 8 weeks of treatment until a dose of 4.5mg is achieved. Your doctor and pharmacist will work together with you to help monitor for any side effects and decide whether the medication is achieving the desired benefits.

How do I get started with Low-Dose Naltrexone?
Your first step is to speak with your doctor about whether LDN might be right for you. If you’d like, our pharmacist can provide you with a referral to local physicians who are familiar with treatment using LDN. You will need to bring a prescription written by your doctor to a compounding pharmacy, like Brashear’s Pharmacy. The compound pharmacy will make the LDN according to the dosing instructions written by your physician.

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