June 14, 2023
You may have heard of low-dose naltrexone or seen the acronym LDN but don’t know what it means, so we’re here to explain what this treatment is, who can benefit from it, and how the process works. Keep reading to get the answers to your questions!
Low-dose naltrexone, commonly referred to as LDN, is a safe and non-toxic drug used to treat chronic illnesses and pain. A misconception you may have about LDN is that it is a narcotic or opioid, but it IS NOT! It’s actually a pure inhibitor with zero narcotic effect that increases the production of your own endorphins, reduces pain, and combats inflammation. When we refer to low-dose naltrexone, we’re talking about doses that are one-tenth or less of the standard dose of naltrexone originally used to treat opioid addiction patients. For current clinical use, LDN is typically prescribed between 0.001mg to 16mg per day, with the average being around 4.5 mg.
People with a variety of health conditions can benefit from low-dose naltrexone. Its benefits can help those with cancer, autoimmune diseases, chronic pain, and mental health issues. Because LDN is an anti-inflammatory treatment, it can be a recommended treatment option for fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, and complex regional pain syndrome. In many cases, this type of treatment has been effective in suppressing unwanted reactions of the immune system and stimulating weakened immune system activity. A couple of additional benefits of low-dose-naltrexone are that it is relatively inexpensive and there are minimal reported side effects, making it an option worth considering and talking to a healthcare professional about.
One of the many services we provide at our Nashville pharmacy is an LDN program. Our friendly staff will take the time to educate you about every detail of a low-dose naltrexone treatment, its benefits and side effects, and whether it’s the best option for your needs. During the first consultation, we’ll work together to create a personalized plan and provide you with the most up-to-date research and information about LDN. We’re here to help you every step of the way, from the initial phone call and getting a prescription to follow-up care.
We hope you found this information helpful and got some of our questions answered. If you’re thinking LDN might be a good option for you or would like more information about the treatment process, schedule a low-dose naltrexone consultation with us. In approximately 30 minutes, we can help you determine whether this program is the right fit and help you get started.