Low dose naltrexone
The idea behind using low dose naltrexone is to stimulate the production of endogenous (the body’s own) opiates. These have disease modifying effects in a wide range of conditions and there is now good evidence for this. For further information see Wikipedia:Low dose naltrexone
Naltrexone on its own has very little effect on the body. Typically, it is used to reverse the effects of poisoning by opiates such as morphine, and is the perfect antidote to, for example, morphine or a morphine-like substance which may be used for darting and tranquillising wild animals. They will wake up within a few minutes if injected with naltrexone. The usual dose of naltrexone to treat opiate poisoning is 50mgs. The daily dose of naltrexone for our purposes is 4mgs.
Naltrexone is available in the UK on prescription, either from your GP or from a private practitioner. It comes in several forms - as capsule, liquid or transdermal cream.
- LDN Research Trust - a very informative website where you will find a down-loadable info pack for GPs.
- The Promise of Low Dose Naltrexone Therapy - a book by Elaine A Moore and Samantha Wilkinson exploring potential benefits of LDN in cancer, autoimmune, neurological and infectious disorders.
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