How Can You Use Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) With Addictions?
My son is being prescribed Naltrexone at his rehab for getting off alcohol and meth, but being given at much higher doses than you were talking about and he doesn't like how it makes him feel. How does one use LDN with addictions?
Naltrexone is available commercially at 50 milligrams and it can treat alcohol addiction. That is the original indication. We have seen LDN used to treat addiction. What we have seen is sometimes they'll give LDN right before an addictive event because it can stop the endorphins, that like feel-good behavior via that endorphin rush, and so they will give LDN.
Dr Schuman is an addiction specialist and he will give LDN. He will have them do some type of addictive behavior, whatever that is, what the patient notices is that they don't get that rush that they would get initially, that endorphin rush. They didn't feel that feel good. He was trying to retrain them so they didn't feel that rush. He did this with sex addicts, and a bunch of different types of addictions. He got very good benefits and he was using Low Dose Naltrexone, not so much the higher dosing.
It is a different train of thought than what we're kind of talking about overall here. I have seen it used for addiction at those lower doses.
Generally, I see it used more multiple types a day than a once daily dosing. Once daily is more for autoimmune conditions. It has been used multiple times throughout the day in addicts.
There's a compounding pharmacy that has developed Low Dose Naltrexone pellets to be inserted under the skin that allows an individual to have small amounts of Naltrexone released over time, to work with addiction. It has been very, very helpful.
I believe there's one coming through the market right now. Several different forms can be used with LDN.