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What Is the Best Naltrexone Dosage for Me?

low dose naltrexone

low dose naltrexone

This article will help to answer the question, “What is the best naltrexone dosage for me?”  Are you tired of trying all the treatments available to you for Lyme disease? Or do you suffer from another autoimmune disorder that plagues you with inflammation and pain? The good news is that low dose naltrexone (LDN) is an inexpensive way to supplement your traditional therapy.  If you’d like to learn more about how LDN works, visit our blog here.

Understanding naltrexone dosage

Standard naltrexone tablets are available in a 50 mg dosage. This dosage is used to treat addiction problems with narcotics and alcohol, but is much too high for people suffering from autoimmune disorders. Low dose naltrexone is compounded or custom made in dosages starting at 1.5 mg and going up to 4.5mg. At these lower dosages, naltrexone effectively balances your immune response and reduces pain and inflammation. The Compounding Center in Leesburg offers LDN capsules in a variety of dosages to meet each person’s individual needs.

The best method to determine the right naltrexone dosage for you is to talk to your doctor about your symptoms. LDN can be used for a variety of autoimmune disorders, including Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, lupus, Crohn’s, and rheumatoid arthritis. The therapeutic dosage recommendations are the same for all of these diseases. You will likely start on the lowest dosage, 1.5 mg, and titrate upward. The good thing about LDN is that it has almost no side effects. The most common side effects are mild headaches, vivid dreams, or sleep disturbances.

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The right naltrexone dosage for you

If LDN has so few side effects, why doesn’t everyone start on the highest dosage? The truth is that you may not need to use the highest dosage in order to get the best results for your particular symptoms. The process of determining the right dosage for you should be taken slowly. It can take a few months before you start to notice a difference in symptoms while taking LDN. However, some individuals notice an improvement in symptoms within the first few days.

LDN is taken daily to maintain healthy immune system functioning, and its effects are long-lasting. Your physician will likely prescribe your naltrexone preparation to be taken at bedtime, as this is the optimal time for the drug to sync with your body’s hormone activity. However, if you experience sleep disturbances while taking LDN, it can still be effective taken earlier in the day.

Our Leesburg compounding pharmacy is knowledgeable about proper naltrexone dosage. For instance, we make sure to prepare your LDN in an immediate release capsule, with no fillers or binders that can interfere with the drug’s therapeutic effects. And you can feel secure that our preparations take your dietary needs into consideration. We can compound LDN without gluten, lactose, casein, artificial dyes, or other ingredients you may be sensitive to.

LDN can be tricky to dose correctly. But our compounding pharmacists are experienced in providing reliable naltrexone dosages for autoimmune disorder symptoms. We recommend ‘starting low and going slow’ in terms of finding the best naltrexone dosage for you. This allows you to minimize side effects while finding the perfect dosage. Too much Naltrexone can actually have a negative effect on your response, so we want to be sure you find the perfect fit – so to speak. Find out more about your low dose naltrexone options by talking to the skilled staff at The Compounding Center.

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