What Is LDN and How Does It Work?
Low-dose naltrexone, or LDN, has been misunderstood for many years, particularly on the internet. However, if you suffer from a medical condition that is not responding to other types of medications or treatments, you should be aware that LDN may be a viable treatment option that may provide you with relief.
What is Low-Dose Naltrexone?
Naltrexone was originally synthesized in 1963 and was approved by the FDA in 1984 as a treatment for alcohol or opioid addiction. It is not an opioid, but rather is part of a class of drugs that are called opiate antagonists and that works to stop the effects of opiates in the brain. The dosage of the drug for such treatment is extremely high at 50 milligrams.
Low-dose naltrexone is typically administered in doses that range from one milligram to five milligrams. It has been used for nearly 30 years to help provide relief for medical conditions that are typically treated with pain medicine that can result in dependency and addiction and that have severe side effects.
How Does LDN Work?
People who suffer from diseases and disorders that are a result of lack of sufficient endorphins or by an acceleration of an endorphin deficiency can benefit from the LDN as it can prompt your body to restore its natural production of endorphins. This results in an enhancement of the immune system and a jumpstart of the processes in your body that provide a natural defense against diseases.
What Diseases Has it Been Useful for and How Effective is It?
Autoimmune Diseases. People who suffer from various autoimmune diseases can experience a noticeable reduction in the symptoms and signs of their disease. Some of the conditions it is useful against include:
- Crohn's disease
- Celiac disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
HIV/AIDS. LDN can also serve as a cost-effective drug therapy that can be easily administered for people with HIV or AIDS. One physician reported that out of 350 patients with the AIDS virus who had received LDN treatments in addition to their AIDS therapies, 85 percent of the patients showed no noticeable levels of the HIV virus.
Central Nervous System Disorders. Some of the ailments of the central nervous system that can be treated by LDN include:
- ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson's disease
- Alzheimer's disease
- Autism spectrum disorders
Arena District Pharmacy is able to provide the LDN therapy you need to treat your illness. Contact us today to see how a compounding medication may also meet your specific needs.