Frequently Asked Questions
Naltrexone is a medication that was approved in the 19080s by the FDA to treat drug and alcohol addiction. It works by blocking opioid receptors. It was found that at much lower doses than those used to treat addiction, it could have a positive effect on the immune system.
To read more about LDN, visit http://www.lowdosenaltrexone.org
- Video consultation with a doctor to evaluate for a prescription for LDN
Must be 18 years and older.
- Labwork can be ordered by almost anybody in the USA – but selection will vary by State
- Video consultation is available to residents of States where our doctors are licensed (we are adding States all the time, so please check back or Contact Us so we can let you known)
Our office is physically located in Dearborn, MI. However, this is irrelevant since everything is done electronically.
For the video consultation, the doctor is required to be licensed in your state, but can be really anywhere in the world otherwise.
We use doxy.me to perform the consultations. Most patients use their computer or smartphone app for this part. You must be located in one of the States listed above at the time of consultation to be eligible.
Currently, the consult fee is $69. This may change based on a variety of factors. This only includes a brief consult with the doctor to determine if a prescription for LDN is appropriate for you. If you would like to get help beyond this, please Contact Us.
We do not bill any insurance, you are expected to pay at the time of booking an appointment.
We believe the consult fee (currently $69) is reasonable. You might be able to get some of the cost of the consult reimbursed by your insurance by contact your insurance carrier and submitting what’s known a “superbill”. If you have paid for a consultation and would like a superbill, please Contact Us.
Usually, you will receive a 3 months prescription with one refill (a 6 month supply total). If you need additional refills after that, you will need to request a new consultation.
It depends. LDN is only available at a special type of pharmacy known as a “compounding pharmacy”. If you are not sure if yours is one, then its probably not.
We do not have any financial interest or affiliation with any pharmacy. However, there are a few compounding pharmacies we deal with and trust. You will be given a few options at the time of consultation to choose.
About Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN)
Naltrexone is currently only FDA approved for Alcoholism and Opioid Addiction. However, like many medications, Naltrexone at low doses is uses “off-label” for many conditions.
LDN has been reported to be possibly helpful with:
Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Autoimmune conditions (Colitis, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc…)
Cancers of many types
Infectious diseases (HIV, Lyme, etc…)
For a more comprehensive list, visit www.lowdosenaltrexone.org
LDN can have amazing results for some patients. Most studies we have seen show that 30-60% of patients will have a positive response. In our experience, there is no way to determine ahead of time who will benefit and who will not.
Given that its relatively safe and inexpensive, we encourage any patient with any of the conditions listed above give it a try for 3-6 months.
No. Our doctors prescribe LDN and send the prescription to a compounding pharmacy. You will need to coordinate with the pharmacy to get the actual medication.
Well… LDN is by prescription only. Just like any prescription you can purchase online without a doctors prescription, you are taking your chances.
Naltrexone is FDA approved for Alcohol and Opioid Drug Addiction. However, its use for autoimmune and other condtions are at much lower doses (3-4mg vs 50-100mg) and is considered an “off-label” use.
Doctors very commonly use medications “off-label” and in fact it is thought most prescriptions are “off-label”
It all depends on the pharmacy, but you can expect a one-month supply to run about $40-60.
Naltrexone at 50-100mg dose is usually well tolerated. LDN at 3-4mg is even more so and very few side effects have been reported. Sleep problems is probably the most commonly reported side effect and can be reduced by starting with a low dose and working up.
Really the only patients who cannot take LDN are those on opioid pain medications (morphone, oxycodone, fentanyl, etc…). It will block the effects of these medications and might send somebody into an immediate withdrawal.