Are you trying to determine if you can afford low dose naltrexone (LDN)? LDN is a non-addictive drug that can be used to treat symptoms of inflammation, immune system problems, and pain caused by Lyme disease and other autoimmune disorders. It is available only by prescription and is custom made at a compounding pharmacy. Naltrexone is commercially manufactured in 50mg tablets, but a compounding pharmacy is able to prepare low dose variations, which are needed for treating immune system disorders.
Figuring out the cost of low dose naltrexone
Naltrexone was originally marketed to help with opioid addiction. In the late 80s, researchers found that a very low dosage of Naltrexone showed promising results in the treatment of autoimmune disorders. However, this is not an FDA-approved usage for the drug, and that means most insurance companies will not cover LDN.
But you don’t have to worry about your insurance not covering the medication. It turns out that LDN is an affordable option for patients to use, in addition to their traditional therapy. Low dose naltrexone is prescribed in 1.5 mg to 4.5 mg dosages. Depending upon the dosage prescribed for you, LDN therapy costs about $1 per day. Typically, you will pay less than $100 for a three month’s supply.
You may find some websites suggesting that you purchase the more common 50 mg naltrexone tablets and dissolve them in distilled water. However, there are pitfalls to this method. Measuring the correct amount is difficult, especially with household measuring cups and spoons. Additionally, there is no data to show that naltrexone is stable in water or for how long. It really does not make sense to do this because of the concerns with stability of the liquid, measuring the right amount, and really just the hassle of it. You will not save a significant amount of money given the low cost of LDN capsules.
Feel free to share this article with someone you know who suffers from an autoimmune disorder. Knowing that LDN is quite affordable could make the difference in their treatment.
Can you cut naltrexone tablets?
Because LDN must be obtained at a compounding pharmacy, some people try to purchase the regular 50 mg tablets and cut them into smaller portions. The problem is that it is impossible to cut these tablets into an appropriate low dose portion using household instruments. You will end up with crumbs and potentially taking far too much naltrexone for Lyme disease or an autoimmune disorder. In our bodies, this medication works much differently at higher dosages.
As mentioned above, it has been suggested that individuals can dissolve the 50 mg tablets into distilled water and store the solution to take over time. Not only is it difficult to accurately dose yourself in this manner, but mixing naltrexone with water can create an unstable dose over time. It is simply too difficult to ensure that you are getting the right amount of active medication with each dose.
The best way to take LDN is to get the appropriate dosage prepared by a compounding pharmacist. The Compounding Center in Leesburg prepares LDN as immediate release capsule with no fillers or binders to interfere with the drug’s absorption. And, you can be sure we take your allergies and dietary concerns into consideration. We make sure our compounded capsules are free of common allergens like gluten, lactose and dyes. Call us today to fill your LDN prescription.