Low-Dose Naltrexone for Psoriasis

Low-Dose Naltrexone for Psoriasis 3March

More than 3% of adult men and women suffer from psoriasis based on the 2020 US census data. Psoriasis is an inflammatory chronic condition that presents as red, itchy, scaly patches on knees, elbows, scalp, as well as other parts of the body. This common disease can go through cycles where the symptoms flare up periodically. There are also multiple types like plaque, nail, guttate, Invers, pustular, erythrodermic and psoriatic psoriasis. Causes are mostly thought to be from an immune system problem where flare ups can be triggered by environmental factors.

Due to the complexity of the condition, there is no universal treatment. When traditional therapies do not work or multiple treatments are needed, our compounding pharmacy can help. One innovative treatment option is low-dose naltrexone (LDN). LDN works by blocking opioid receptors which causes a rebound effect of increasing endorphins and receptors in the body. Endorphins naturally reduce inflammation and pain. LDN is a promising treatment option that presents little or no side effects when used to treat various anti-inflammatory conditions. Our compounding pharmacy can discuss this therapy option with you and your provider to see if it is right for you. 

Wondering what compounding is? The FDA describes it by explaining that, “compounding is generally a practice in which a licensed pharmacist, a licensed physician, or, in the case of an outsourcing facility, a person under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, combines, mixes, or alters ingredients of a drug to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient. ” (fda.gov, 2021)

Why do people need compounded medications? “The need arises because people often have allergies, cannot swallow dry tablets or large capsules, or may need medication in a liquid, topical, or transdermal dosage form.” Roger Rose, RPh, Director of Pharmacy at Wickenburg Hospital (WCH) Pharmacist explains further, “Doctors and other healthcare providers may prescribe compounded medications because manufactured medications are not available in the best dose for a particular patient. You no longer need to split tablets to get closer to the right dose or try to coerce someone you care for to take a medication that tastes awful. We can flavor medications for people and their pets! Ask our knowledgeable compounding pharmacist about customized options to solve your medication problems.”

Learn more by calling 928-684-4380 and speak to your pharmacist now!

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