Dr. AnnMarie Graziadio from New York, Apple Valley pharmacy shares her experience with Low Dose Naltrexone.
I got my bachelor's degree in pharmacy at Northeastern university in Boston. Right out after getting my bachelor's degree, I continued on to receive my doctorate degree in pharmacy from the university of Rhode Island. I did most of my clinical work at mass general hospital in Boston. I then moved on and got a job for a pharmaceutical industry. Position at Solvay pharmaceuticals, which has now been purchased. I was coordinating clinical trials between that company and teaching hospitals, got to travel around the world and attend many conferences and it was fabulous.
Then I decided I wanted a family and I couldn't do that traveling three weeks out of the month. So I decided to go back into a clinical role at a hospital.
I ended up leaving Massachusetts and coming back to my home state of New York to be closer to family and raise my children here. I ended up getting a job with a local compounding pharmacist and when he was ready to retire, I purchased that pharmacy, which is now called Apple Valley pharmacy.
And we specialize in non sterile compounding. We service our local community where I grew up but we're also a bedroom community to Manhattan.
We're finding the patients that are using Low Dose Naltrexone have hardly any side effects at all and are just thrilled to find something that works that isn't interacting with anything or breaking the bank either when it comes to cost. They're a pleasure to work with.
Mostly, our LDN are capsules and we use micro crystal and cellulose as a filler.
A lot of our local providers start at 0.5 to one milligram and then slowly go up for 30 to 45 days to a maximum of 4.5 milligrams. But I honestly don't think I have anyone on 4.5 mg.
The feedback is great. There's no complaints at all. Obviously the titrating up is when they would normally say if they had any of those symptoms, like the vivid dreams and the nightmares, but we've had maybe one person say that they've experienced that during the titration phase and usually it goes away.
I usually ask them to call us within the first week of starting anything new, whether it's LDN or anything else that we would compound or dispense commercially.
We have a website which is www.applevalleypharmacy.com. We also have a Facebook page, which is also Facebook, Apple Valley pharmacy or patients can contact us via phone.
I can give you our number is (845) 988-5805 and we're readily available to help anyone that needs it. Our store hours are 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Monday through Friday. Saturdays we're open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and Sundays we're closed and we ship our prescriptions that are compounded free of charge.
So if the person doesn't live in the immediate area, it's not a concern. We would mail it to them.
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