Dose Reduction


A primary factor as to why a physician would incorporate Medical Foods into a treatment algorithm is the option to reduce the dose of a pharmaceutical drug while maintaining efficacy.

Numerous studies have demonstrated dramatic reductions in the dosage requirements for symptom relief when administered in conjunction with the appropriate Medical Food. (See Clinical Trials.)

How is this possible?

The answer is two-fold. All Medical Foods have an indication for disease management and have proven to be efficacious as a stand-alone therapy.

Neurotransmitters are depleted by disease and the featured Medical Foods utilize Targeted Cellular Technology™ to furnish specific amino acids that replenish the appropriate neurotransmitters, thereby alleviating symptoms caused by neurotransmitter depletion.

Additionally, pharmaceutical agents exert their effects by interfering with one or more neurotransmitters. Quite simply, while a pharmaceutical agent can effectively treat disease through altering molecular function, it also depletes specific neurotransmitters, which generates side effects and perpetuates attenuation.

This is why Medical Foods are known to allow dosage reduction. As Medical Foods have been shown to exert symptom relief as a stand-alone therapy, when used in conjunction with a pharmaceutical agent, it is quite simply two effective treatments, utilizing separate mechanisms of action to treat one disease state.

The introduction of Medical Foods also creates a better environment for the pharmaceutical therapy, thereby allowing a lower dose, yet having no effect on serum levels.

Do Medical Foods Alter Serum Levels?

Medical Foods can reduce the therapeutic requirements of a pharmaceutical agent, but do not affect absorption levels, bioavailability or serum levels.

Medical Foods replenish the nutritional levels that are affected by disease and drugs through the introduction of specific amino acids. The drugs are absorbed at the same levels, but have a greater therapeutic affect due to the restoration of health to the receptor sites.

This is of special interest to physicians to alleviate any concerns about increased serum levels. In short, there is no increase in side affects or safety concerns as the serum levels of the pharmaceutical agent are not altered or affected by the introduction of Medical Foods.