Low Dose Naltrexone

Have you heard of low dose naltrexone? Are you interested in learning more about how this prescription drug could help you manage your health condition? If so, contact your doctor to determine whether low dose naltrexone is a good option for you.

Years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of naltrexone to help aid in the recovery of opioid addiction. These days, low doses of naltrexone can be used to help regulate dysfunctions in the immune system and treat certain medical conditions. 

Compounding pharmacies are able to produce compounded dosages of low dose naltrexone to treat a wide variety of conditions. If you are interested in learning more about whether low dose naltrexone could benefit you, contact your physician to discuss your options. 

What Is Low Dose Naltrexone and How Does It Work?

LDN works by boosting endorphins, the peptides produced in the brain and adrenal glands that relieve pain. It modulates the immune system and enhances the sense of well-being. Research has shown that when LDN is taken at bedtime, it attaches to opioid receptors, temporarily blocking endorphin attachment. This signals the body to increase endorphin production, which helps orchestrate the activity of stem cells, macrophages and other immune cells. This leads researchers to believe that LDN may be critical in helping the body fight disease.

In these lower doses, LDN can bind to your brain’s endorphin receptors and last for up to six hours before wearing off. There is a wide range of different conditions that can be treated with low dose naltrexone, including any of the following:

  • Autoimmune cardiomyopathy
  • Diabetic myopathy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Eczema 
  • Psoriasis
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Diabetes mellitus type 1
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Celiac disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Hepatitis C
  • Epstein Barr virus
  • Vitiligo
  • HIV
  • Lyme disease
  • Certain types of cancers
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Kawasaki’s disease
  • Autism
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Lupus
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Emphysema
  • POEMS syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Vasculitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Infertility
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injuries

These are just a few of the most common types of conditions that can be treated with low dose naltrexone. There are many other conditions that may benefit from naltrexone in low doses. You can speak with your physician about your medical issues to determine whether low dose naltrexone could improve your quality of life. 

Who Is a Good Candidate for Low Dose Naltrexone?

Patients suffering from mental health conditions, chronic pain, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, and more may benefit from the use of low dose naltrexone. But that doesn’t mean everyone suffering from these conditions is a good candidate for LDN. 

For example, patients suffering from hepatitis or liver failure would not be good candidates for low dose naltrexone treatment. Individuals taking Wellbutrin, Suboxone, hydrocodone, morphine, Cymbalta, ibuprofen, or Methadone may also not be good candidates for LDN due to the high-risk drug interactions.

Low dose naltrexone can only be taken if prescribed by your physician. So if you are interested in learning more about whether you are a good candidate for LDN treatment, you can speak with your doctor or contact The Healthy Choice compounding pharmacy to discuss your needs.

Compounding Pharmacies and Low Dose Naltrexone

The FDA has not approved low dose naltrexone treatment for anything other than substance abuse, including opioid addiction and alcoholism. But in lower doses, naltrexone could beneficial to patients suffering from many different medical conditions. 

Because the FDA has not approved naltrexone for off-label uses, the only way to obtain naltrexone in low doses is to get your prescription filled through a compounding pharmacy such as The Healthy Choice. Compounding pharmacies differ from standard pharmacies in that we have the ability to develop drugs that are designed to meet your specific needs. 

For example, if you were prescribed 2 mg of low dose naltrexone, you would need a compounding pharmacy to develop that specific dose of the drug, as naltrexone is normally available only in 50 mg tablets. Additionally, if you are unable to take pills orally, there are other options that may be available to you. 

We may be able to develop your LDN into sublingual drops, eye drops, creams, topical lotions, tablets, or even liquid form in addition to the traditional capsules. The price can vary, depending on the delivery method of your low dose naltrexone, but you can speak with your compounding pharmacist to determine which one is the best fit for you. 

Low Dose Naltrexone FAQ

The uses, benefits, and mechanisms of low dose naltrexone can be confusing. We understand there are specific questions you might have about how LDN could affect you, among other concerns. 

Below, we have answered some of the most common questions patients have had in regards to low dose naltrexone. You can also contact our compounding pharmacy directly to further discuss your individual needs. 

What are the side effects of low dose naltrexone?

The types of side effects you might experience when taking low dose naltrexone will vary depending on the type of health condition you are attempting to treat. However, some of the most common side effects of naltrexone include headache, loss of appetite, fatigue, constipation, and vivid dreams.

How does low dose naltrexone make you feel?

One of the benefits of low dose naltrexone is the production of endorphins. Endorphins are the feel-good hormones of the body, and as your body produces more endorphins, your mood and quality of life can improve.

When you feel good, you may notice that symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress decrease. As a whole, low dose naltrexone should make you feel better on a day-to-day basis. 

Get in Touch with a Compounding Pharmacy Offering LDN

Do you think low dose naltrexone could help alleviate the symptoms of your health condition? If so, discuss your health concerns with your physician to determine whether you could benefit from the use of LDN. 

When you are ready to fill your prescription, contact The Healthy Choice compounding pharmacy to have your low dose naltrexone personalized to meet your needs. We can be reached by phone at 914-238-1700 or through the quick contact form at the bottom of this page.