Multiple Sclerosis Treatment with LDN
Naltrexone helps in managing opioid and alcohol addiction by preventing the body from experiencing the “high” caused by these substances. Many doctors use low dose naltrexone or LDN for treating a wide variety of conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or MS.
The use of LDN for treating MS is an off-label use. This means that LDN was first approved by the FDA for treating something else. It also means that LDN has undergone all the necessary and rigorous testing for confirming its safety and effectiveness for treating other conditions.
Low dose naltrexone usually refers to a tenth of the size of conventional dosage. This is generally less than 5 milligrams (mg) per day. LDN releases endorphins in the body over an extended period of time, which helps in reducing inflammation. This is the root cause of multiple sclerosis symptoms.
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.
How Does LDN Work?
There is very limited research on the effects of LDN for treating MS. However, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence from MS patients that have taken LDN. The majority of these people claim that the drug helped in reducing the number of flare-ups. Others noted that the disease slowed down the progression of the condition. There were fewer side effects as compared to traditional medications.
However, existing studies show mixed results. For instance, in a 2014 study involving a woman, it was reported that MS related fatigue was improved after taking 3 mg of LDN daily. However, the woman developed thrombocytopenia. This condition is caused because of low platelet count. According to the authors of the study, thrombocytopenia was related to LDN.
In another 2010 study involving 80 people with MS, LDN was linked to significant improvements in mental health that affected quality of life. However, it did not help in alleviating the physical symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
A recent study published in 2017, researchers looked at the prescription data of 6 years (2009 to 2015) to see if people with multiple sclerosis required fewer drugs after taking LDN. The authors did not find any significant difference in the amount of prescription medications needed by people taking LDN as opposed to those who weren’t.
There are very few studies published about the benefits of LDN in people with MS. Most studies rely on individual data and cases from medical facilities. All these studies suggest that LDN had no side effects and did not worsen the symptoms of MS.
Time Taken by LDN to Perform
It is not yet clear the time taken by LDN to improve MS symptoms. This is mostly because of a lack of research and testing in off-label uses. However, existing studies show that LDN starts to work within 3 months. The drug is safe for long-term use as well.
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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