Pharmacist Larry Frieders from the United States shares experience with LDN. Archived Show
Many years ago Dr. Bernard Bihari called me and told me about how he was using Low Dose Naltrexone. And he was looking for another pharmacist to help make some in the, particularly in the middle part of the United States. He had a couple of pharmacists working with him on the East coast, but there was interest in my area around the city of Chicago.
And after we talked a while, I figured: "What harm would it do to at least give this a try?" I mean, the standard dose for Naltrexone is 300 or so milligrams per day. And here was this doctor talking about a three milligram dose. I figured 1% of the recommended dose, the chances of side effects are practically zero.
And if this guy says it works with all of his experience and background, Who was I to argue with him? So he gave me an order for a couple of people in the Chicago area. And that's where this whole thing started. Dr. Bihari mentioned to me that he was using it for AIDS patients and cancer patients, but he was just beginning to see the effects with some of the immune type diseases.
And the first two patients we dealt with were Multiple Sclerosis patients and they had it refilled regularly because it was helping them feel better.
We have now around 500 to a thousand people currently using LDN in the Midwest Chicago area.
And the number of conditions that people are using it for seems to be expanding almost every year. I just talked to a doctor yesterday who was very excited about using it for Rheumatoid Arthritis. And we've also had people with Irritable Bowel disease, other types of immune disorders who were successful with it.
One question that many patients ask is about fillers
We found that maybe calcium was not the best filler to use because there was some binding going on. And definitely we didn't want people using slow release. So we were recommending just the regular prompter lease type filler.
And I've always not liked lactose as a filler because there's a great number of people who have a sensitivity to lactose, because even though there's a small amount in there, just wasn't worth it in my mind to use lactose. So we've been using a cellulose seller for many, many years. And for people who don't like that idea, we also use rice powder, just plain old white rice powder.
Also they are concerned about side effects. Vivid dreams seems to be what happens, but they do go away very quickly.
The only real side effect that I think is worthwhile keeping in mind is that the drug should not be used if you're also using an opioid or a narcotic pain reliever of any kind.
Well, we've actually one of our oncology doctors here in the area actually had two customers, two patients who reacted pretty violent, some kinds of withdrawal type symptoms when they have been on pain relievers. So we've got a hard rule. Don't use Naltrexone if you're also using pain relievers that have narcotics in them, that's about it.
The LDN Research Trust did a survey about four years ago, I think were about 400 people that took part and we found that only 5% of people experienced any side effects at all.
Another important thing is the amount of medications patients take. In fact, I actually wrote a book of that title called "The on drug". I came to the conclusion or the realization that too many of us take too many drugs. And when I was in school, If people took three drugs, we have a statistical table that showed that their risk of serious side effects was about 80% higher than if they weren't taking any. And probably in most of the Western type societies, people are taking 10, 15, 20 drugs per day.
In fact, in my pharmacy, we don't sell commercial drugs. We only do the compounded versions.
LDN seems to be like the only real chemical drug that we have available on a regular basis, but it's a different perspective and I can come at this from the position of a pharmacist.
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