Using LDN as a Treatment for Autoimmunity
An autoimmune disorder occurs when your body attacks its cells because it perceives them as dangerous. This can result in a variety of chronic health conditions with flare-ups ranging from mild to severe. Depending on the specific disorder, you might feel fine between bouts of symptoms. It’s just that the treatment while your symptoms are bothering you can be ineffective. Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) brings new hope.
Autoimmune Disorders That Respond Well to LDN
Doctors who have struggled to help patients find relief from various autoimmune disorders have found great success when offering them LDN. The following conditions have responded exceptionally well to this drug:
- Celiac disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ulcerative Colitis
Doctors don’t fully understand what makes LDN work to achieve greater autoimmunity when so many other prescriptions have failed. When your autoimmunity doesn’t work as it should, it means you have very low levels of endorphins. LDN works to increase endorphins, which in turn helps to regulate your immune system. The drug also helps to lower inflammatory cytokines, relaxes glial cells, and improves regulatory T-cells. This is important because inflammation is the hallmark characteristic of every disease listed above.
How to Take LDN
It’s important to start slowly with this drug and allow your body to build up a tolerance to it. At Arena District Pharmacy, we can compound the medication into a drop format as an alternative to taking a pill. This gives you the opportunity to control how quickly or slowly you taper up to a higher dose. Most autoimmune patients start with a dose ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 with the goal of eventually reaching 4.5.
Dr. Amy Myers, the author of Reversing Autoimmune Disease, states that 9 p.m. is the best time of day to take LDN. This enables the medication to build up to maximum effectiveness as you sleep and reach its peak around 4 a.m. This is also the time that your body’s endorphin levels are at their highest.
Benefits of LDN
LDN partially blocks your opioid receptors in one quick motion. Because of this, you experience a surge of endorphins that modulate your immune system and prevents you from experiencing symptoms. A relief from the unrelenting fatigue of many autoimmune disorders is the biggest benefit reported by people who have had good results with LDN.
Your doctor will take regular blood samples from you to gauge how well the drug is working. Assuming it’s working well, your antibody markers should be significantly lower than they were when you started taking LDN.
Contact Us with Additional Questions
As a compounding pharmacy, Arena District Pharmacy can provide you with the correct dosage of LDN. We invite you to stop in or contact us at 614-569-4799 to learn more about this exciting treatment option.