Sometimes Low Dose Naltrexone is prescribed as a part of a patient’s plan as an option for help with underlying autoimmune and inflammatory issues. Here are several resources providing additional information on LDN.
Side Effects May Include:
- Slower GI function (this is one of the ways it helps with leaky gut, celiac, and Crohn’s) – just make sure to stay well hydrated.
- Vivid dreams
These side effects will typically resolve on their own after a few weeks. If the insomnia was too much of a problem, rather than not taking it, we would just use it in the morning. You would also want to stop taking it 1 week before a dental procedure or surgery requiring anesthesia or pain meds. You would also want to avoid any excessive alcohol intake, or use of narcotics while taking naltrexone.
Take each night, preferably between 9pm and 2am.
Week 1: 1.5mg capsule, 1 each night.
Week 2: 1.5mg capsule, 2 each night.
Week 3: 4.5mg capsule, 1 each night.
4.5mg is the most common dose, with a range from 3-6mg depending on the patient.