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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

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

An autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...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...: The 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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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?

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 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 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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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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How long does it take for low dose naltrexone (ldn) to get completely out of your system?

Days: Naltrexone creates and active metabolite. It may be 6 to 7 days untill both are completely out of your system. ...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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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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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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What is the best way to treat psoriasis? And dose it really that there is no medicine to cure it yet? Please answer it!?!

What is the best way to treat psoriasis? And dose it really that there is no medicine to cure it yet? Please answer it!?!

No cure: There is no cure for psoriasis but there are many medications that can control it. Some also respond to light therapy. See a dermatologist who can help you with all options available. ...Read more

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My S. Calcium level came 8.4. Is this low? Can it be indicative of any underlying metabolic problem or Psoriasis?

My S. Calcium level came 8.4. Is this low? Can it be indicative of any underlying metabolic problem or Psoriasis?

Here are some ...: I would not get excited by solitary marginal reading of total serum calcium (with its normal range around 8.5-10.2 mg/dl. Instead, repeat it in 1-2 months and correlate its value with total serum proteins, especially albumen, as well as overall health, etc. to draw a sensible conclusion and suggestion out of this concern. Besides, invite a willing soul to move & push realistic living along... ...Read more

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Do low level lasers help scalp psoriasis?

Phototherapy: Special lasers called 308nm excimer lasers. This type of laser is specially designed to produce ultraviolet radiation at a very specific wavelength -- 308 nanometers. This wavelength of ultraviolet light is highly effective at treating psoriasis. A nearly identical wavelength of light, 311nm is referred to as narrow band uvb (nb-uvb), and is also effective at treating psoriasis. ...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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Please explain why does my psoriasis flare up on a low-carb diet?

It does not.: Psoriasis flares with sugar and starch laden diets. No evidence that low carb diets do this in any scientific literature! ...Read more

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I recently increased my intake of Vit D to correct level highlighted in blood test. I think it is helping my psoriasis. What is the max dose? Thanks

I recently increased my intake of Vit D to correct level highlighted in blood test. I think it is helping my psoriasis. What is the max dose? Thanks

Vitamin D: The max dose is 5000 unit tablets once a week but most people need only 1000 units a day at a cost much lower than the 5000 unit tablets. It is available over the counter.

Remember — too much of a good thing is no good for you. ...Read more

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I quit Humira (adalimumab) for my Psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis for 4 1/2 months. Symptoms returning. Can I restart my normal dose or is a loading dose needed?

Clinical judgement: On whether you will need the medicine again in the first place, as why did you quit using it? Decision to restart is based on clinical judgement of the physician(s) managing your case. As for the loading dose, it may be needed if the decision is to restart, best wishes ...Read more

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I didn't have any side effect on hi dose naltrexone, could mean I wouldn't have severe s.E. From naloxone? No opiates, offlabel 4 depersonalization

I didn't have any side effect on hi dose naltrexone, could mean I wouldn't have severe s.E. From naloxone?  No opiates, offlabel 4 depersonalization

Work with doctor: One cannot make this assumption. Please work with your physician on this and any use of medications -- including off label ones. ...Read more

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