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How would you go about switching from Suboxone to naltrexone? What would the timing and prescription look like? The current dose of Suboxone is 12mg. Thxs

See below: She has to detox first which requires an individualized approach. Afterward-she needs to wait 2 weeks prior to an injection of naltrexone. However, I have a protocol for initiating Naltrexone at small doses after 3-5 days and quickly titrating to a full dose by day 7-10. ...Read more

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Are there known benefits to taking low dose naltrexone?

Are there known benefits to taking low dose naltrexone?

Likely: As you are aware, the internet is full of "anecdotal evidence" about benefits of low doses naltrexone. It is sounds logical that low doses can make your Dopamine receptors more sensitive to your own dopamine. ...Read more

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What are the benefits/risks of taking low dose naltrexone (ldn) to treat multiple sclerosis?

What are the benefits/risks of taking low dose naltrexone (ldn) to treat multiple sclerosis?

Risk: liver tóxic: In excessive amount may be seriously toxic to the liver ( not in usual prescribed dosis). Since there is nothing proven to cure multiple sclerosis you should ask whoever recommended it what is suppose to do. It is considered an opium antagonist. Hopefully your neurologist is aware. Do not take it unless supervised by someone experienced in using it for ms. ...Read more

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Is low dose naltrexone 4.5mg (LDN) of any benefit in IBD as an off-label use obtained from a compounding pharmacy as an immediate release form? Thank

Is low dose naltrexone 4.5mg (LDN) of any benefit in IBD as an off-label use  obtained from a compounding pharmacy as an immediate release form? Thank

Possibly: The research that has been done shows that a little more than 50% of patients had some relief from low dose naltrexone. However, obtaining this from a compounding pharmacy without working with your doctor is not advised. ...Read more

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Can you use low dose naltrexone for chron's disease?

Can you use low dose naltrexone for chron's disease?

Hmm...: Best advice is to ask your docotr/gastroenterologist! there are currently studies of low dose Naltrexone use being done at penn state and other institutions around the globe to determine this; as well as usage of "ldn" for the treatment of other diseases. Always ask your doctor if this is right for you; and if it is available to you. ...Read more

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Is low dose Naltrexone used for undifferentuated connective disease?

Is low dose Naltrexone used for undifferentuated  connective disease?

Complicated picture: For the best chances of understanding the intentions of each prescription in a medically complex picture like yours - discuss all of it w/ the doctor(s) treating you. The pain of connective tissue disease often lessened by NSAIDs or steroids and if you'd been given opiates in the past, the naltrexone will help switch from them. Ask, it's good to talk w/ Dr's to know how to best improve Tx. Best! ...Read more

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What could you tell me about the uses, safety and efficacy of low dose Naltrexone?

What could you tell me about the uses, safety and efficacy of low dose Naltrexone?

Good medication: Naltrexone is a good medication that may reduce craving for alcohol and opiate in the context of drug abuse and dependence. It is helpful and effective and pretty safe unless you have an issue with allergies to this medication ...Read more

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Is low dose naltrexone effective for MDS?

See below: Assuming you mean myelodysplasia - there is no evidence. The evidence of its working as an immune modulator is intriguing but not well accepted. This is one step further using is after a "premalignant" transformation. I doubt it can hurt but doubt it will have benefit ...Read more

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Is there any ongoing research for the use of low dose naltrexone in autoimmune diseases especially in the case of bullous pemphagoid.

Is there any ongoing research for the use of low dose naltrexone in autoimmune diseases especially in the case of bullous pemphagoid.

Stetchy research: There is some sketchy research and documented experiences of MDs using low dose naltrexone for this purpose with success. Naltrexone is largely without any complications (unless you regularly take narcotic pain medication - in which case skip it.) Since there is almost no downside it is worth a try if traditional treatment is not giving you satisfaction. ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia & am currently on cymbalta (duloxetine) & gabapentin. Is low dose naltrexone something my gp can prescribe or must a pain mgm Dr? Thx

I have fibromyalgia & am currently on cymbalta (duloxetine) & gabapentin.  Is low dose naltrexone something my gp can prescribe or must a pain mgm Dr?  Thx

Your GP will know: Since regulations on classes of drugs are subject to change from time to time and place to place, ask the GP. I'd guess that they are able to, but they might still prefer not to - that would be legitamite. So, contact your GP to ask. The benefit of a specialist might be in finding non-drug methods to optimize your outcome. Best! ...Read more

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Is low dose naltrexone therapy an option for fibromyalgia pain? Do I have to stop taking opioids first?

Is low dose naltrexone therapy an option for fibromyalgia pain? Do I have to stop taking opioids first?

Naltrexone: Low dose naltrexone or even naloxone is not an accepted use for chronic pain states. However, there is evidence that may support its use along with opioids. You will have to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is low dose naltrexone a good idea to help with treatment-resistant autoimmune disease?

Is low dose naltrexone a good idea to help with treatment-resistant autoimmune disease?

Opiod antagonist!: Very little evidence in controlled trials that it is of value in autoimmune diseases. I would ask what disease, and what drugs have been tried. Today in rheumatology, we have very little drug-resistant autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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How would you go about switching from Suboxone to naltrexone? What would the timing and prescription look like? The current dose of Suboxone is 12mg. Thxs

See below: She has to detox first which requires an individualized approach. Afterward-she needs to wait 2 weeks prior to an injection of naltrexone. However, I have a protocol for initiating Naltrexone at small doses after 3-5 days and quickly titrating to a full dose by day 7-10. ...Read more

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