Low Dose Naltrexone Therapy (LDN)

What is Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)?

FDA-approved Naltrexone, administered in a very low doses is shown in many trials to be of therapeutic benefit. Traditionally used as a 50mg dose, Naltrexone was approved by the FDA for opoid and alcohol addictions.

Recent studies discovered the effects of a much smaller dose of Naltrexone, 0.5 to 9.0 mg (LDN), can modulate the immune system, increasing endorphins and decreasing inflammation, which may provide relief to those suffering from autoimmune diseases, chronic pain, mental health challenges and pain.

Over the last ten years, there has been growing evidence that the body’s endorphins (naturally occurring opoids) have a critical role in regulating he immune system and providing pain relief.

How is LDN different from other medications?

LDN is part of a broader set of tools and treatments to heal chronic illness and chronic pain. Many medications suppress symptoms. LDN is unique because it addresses the root of the cause —  low Endorphins, and evokes the natural intelligence in the body to restore the body’s normal production of endorphins. It has provided life changing outcomes for many patients.

Dosing strategies can vary tremendously and optimal dosing is ultimately patient specific, not dependent on a set protocol. The key to success using LDN is working closely with your healthcare practitioner to develop the right strategy for you. Some patients find success very quickly, while others need to try a variety of dosing strategies, which may take up to several months to achieve success.

Side Effects: There are virtually no side effects with LDN therapy. . Occasionally, during the first week’s use of LDN, patients may complain of some difficulty sleeping, vivid dreams or mild headaches. This rarely persists after the first week.

Conditions Treated with LDN

LDN is known to be an effective treatment for a large number of medical conditions. Some of the most common conditions treated include:

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Allergies (Food & Environmental)
Chronic Pain
Brain Fog
Chronic Fatigue
Depression/Post Partum Depression
Sleep Issues
Migraine Headaches
Crone’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia
Parkinson’s Disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Visceral Hypersensitivity
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Crohn’s Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Menieres Disease
Lyme Disease

There are many more medical conditions where LDN has been found to offer effective treatment and the list is continuously expanding.

For more information schedule an appointment with Dr. Allen today.

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