Low Dose Naltrexone

Vishaal Veerula, M.D. -  - Integrative Medicine Physician

Fort Wayne Integrative Medicine

Vishaal Veerula, M.D.

Integrative Medicine Physician & Internist located in Fort Wayne, IN

If you have symptoms of autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis, or chronic fatigue, low-dose naltrexone may be the answer. This cutting-edge compound is key in managing chronic pain disorders, and it's made available from Vishaal Veerula, MD, at Fort Wayne Integrative Medicine in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Call the office or request an appointment online to find out if you’re a candidate for this revolutionary therapy.

Low Dose Naltrexone Q & A

What is low-dose naltrexone?

Low-dose naltrexone (LDN) is a type of drug that falls into the category of opiate antagonists. Traditionally, doctors use LDN to treat addiction to opiates like heroin or morphine.

But, research performed over the past 10 years shows that LDN can reduce symptoms of several chronic, overwhelming conditions. LDN is well-tolerated, inexpensive, and safe.

What conditions can low-dose naltrexone treat?

Dr. Veerula may recommend LDN for a wide variety of pathologies, including:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Myalgic encephalopathy
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease

LDN may even be as effective as a therapy for certain cancers.

How does low-dose naltrexone work?

In some ways, it seems too good to be true that LDN can be effective for so many different conditions.

The reason why LDN is so effective is that the medication operates as an anti-inflammatory agent in the central nervous system. Naltrexone is a mixture of two molecular shapes, or isomers. One of these isomers binds to immune cells, and the other isomer binds to opioid receptors. This makes LDN effective in both treating addiction and in treating conditions that affect the immune system.

When it binds to immune cells, LDN causes an endorphin release and modulates your immune response. The result is a slow-down in the growth of unwanted cells that contribute to autoimmune disorders, pain, and cancer. As a result, you experience reduced inflammation and symptoms of your condition.

How is low-dose naltrexone administered?

Dr. Veerula starts treatment at a very low dose. He increases your dose gradually over several weeks. This ensures you stay stable and don’t experience unwanted side effects.

For autoimmune disease, Dr. Veerula may start you at 1 milligram and increase to as much as 4.5 milligrams daily over the course of four weeks. For some conditions, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia, dosing may start at an even lower level known as very low dose naltrexone. Dr. Veerula may start you out at 0.1 mg per day and increase your dosage by 0.1 milligrams per week to find the right level for you.

At Fort Wayne Integrative Medicine, you can take advantage of the cutting-edge treatment of LDN to address pain and autoimmunity. Call the office or request an appointment online to learn more about this powerful therapy.