Lupus Treatment with LDN
Lupus is a chronic disease with a variety of symptoms caused by inflammation in one or more parts of the body. Lupus is not communicable or related to cancer and AIDS. It belongs to the category of diseases that includes multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and juvenile diabetes. SLE or systemic lupus erythematosus is the most common form of lupus.
This is a baffling and complex condition which can target any organ or tissue of the body, including muscles, skin, blood, joints, lungs, blood vessels, kidneys, heart, and the brain. There are several other types of lupus that affect the skin. Drug induced lupus can occur in certain individuals as a response to certain medications used for treating other conditions. These symptoms tend to disappear when medications stop.
Anyone can get lupus, including men, women, and children. It is more common in women than men between the age of 15 and 45. American Integrative Pharmacy (AIP), led by Dr. Neema Yazdanpanah, provides safe and proven compounding medications to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and online nationwide.
Lupus and Low Dose Naltrexone
Low dose naltrexone (LDN) was reviewed in a 2014 review published in the journal Clinical Rheumatology. The researchers looked at the trials that were published so far and found that LDN held a promise for people suffering from lupus and other conditions involving chronic pain. This was despite the fact that there were mainly small trials with really low sample sizes.
Low dose naltrexone has been taken by people suffering from lupus for reducing pain and for regulating the immune system. Neuropeptides are naturally produced by the human body that binds to opioid receptors in the brain. These are in the form of enkephalins and endorphins.
These neuropeptides are produced during exercise as well, which is why Lupus Warriors should get lots of exercise for relieving pain. They are produced when you are happy, injured, relaxed, or believe that a drug may help you. In fact, this is why placebos work.
Naltrexone at low levels blocks the opioid receptors in the body. This makes the body less sensitive to the effects of endorphins and enkephalins. The blocking may not be enough for you to feel, but it is enough for your body to detect. The body tries and makes up for the gap by producing more enkephalins and endorphins.
The body also produces more opioid receptors. Combination of sensitive cells and natural painkillers reduce pain sensation when the small amount of naltrexone wears off.
LDN Side Effects
These are a few side effects of low dose naltrexone:
- Red scaly rash
- Unusual reaction to sunlight
- Chest pain when inhaling or lying down
- Painless sores inside the mouth or nose
- Severe psychological symptoms
- Swelling of legs and feet
- Weight gain
- Blood chemistry abnormalities
Low dose naltrexone needs a healthy and functioning kidney and liver to be processed properly. Existing organ damage from lupus nephritis and lupus erythematosus can make it unsafe for patients to take naltrexone, even when at small doses.
AIP provides advanced compounding pharmacy solutions, including online prescription refills to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and online nationwide.
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