Naltrexone has been used for years for opioid addiction but gaining in popularity by the medical community for the treatment of many other conditions, including; autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, post- covid syndrome, and weight loss. LDN also works on the central nervous system to reduce inflammation associated with pain sensitivity, fatigue, cognitive disruption, sleep disorders, mood disorders, and general malaise.
Good news! LDN is one of the components in Contrave. Contrave is covered by many insurance carriers. If it is not covered by insurance there is a drug savings program of $99/month. This medication was approved for weight loss in 2014. This was studied for long term use for weight loss which is great for patients who need to lose more than 10-15 lbs in combination with lifestyle changes.
How does LDN help to lose weight?
Improves insulin sensitivity
Help to increase Growth Hormone
Improve sleep and recovery
Improves thyroid function and Hashimoto's thyroiditis
Disadvantage to this medication is that LDN it is not covered by insurance and can range in cost from $40-60/month. Doses range from 0.4 to 8mg, taken at night on an empty stomach. This dose is currently only available through compounding pharmacies.
Sound too good to be true? Well there are some side effects. The most common side effect is vivid dream which was reports in approximately 37% of patients. In the study, this side effect did diminish with time.
This is not intended to be medical advice. Please schedule a consultation for your personalized treatment plan.
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