Considering Low Dose Naltrexone as a treatment for your ongoing condition? Here’s everything you need to know about LDN at Bodyline.
What is LDN?
Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) is a medication that is gaining popularity in the medical community as a promising treatment option for a variety of conditions such as chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, and Crohn’s disease.
Naltrexone has been used for decades to treat opioid addiction and alcoholism. It works by blocking the receptors in the brain that are responsible for the effects of these substances. When used in low doses, naltrexone has been found to have a completely different effect on the body.
How does LDN work?
LDN binds to particular receptors around the body that help to regulate the immune system, such as the Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and the opioid growth factor receptor (OGFr). By binding to these receptors, LDN will decrease inflammation and as a result, can boost the body’s endorphin and encephalin (hormones) levels. These hormones are vital in relieving pain and irritation.
LDN is typically prescribed in doses ranging from 1.5mg to 4.5mg per day, which is significantly lower than the doses used for addiction treatment. At these low doses, LDN has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects and can even boost the immune system. This is why it is becoming a popular treatment option for a variety of conditions.
What can be treated with LDN?
One of the most common uses of LDN is for the treatment of chronic pain. It has been found to be effective in reducing pain levels in patients with conditions such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and complex regional pain syndrome. LDN can also be used to treat autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Studies published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology found that LDN was effective in inducing remission in patients with Crohn’s disease.
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, disorders, or diagnoses, we can offer an initial consultation about your LDN journey:
- Crohn’s disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Other Autoimmune disease
- Chronic Pain
We can only advise LDN for conditions where it has been proven to work. If you are unsure, call us on 0800 995 3036 to speak to one of our specialists, or fill out our online contact form for a call back.
Are there any side effects?
While LDN is generally considered safe, there are some potential side effects to be aware of. These can include vivid dreams, insomnia, and headaches. However, these side effects are typically mild and go away on their own.
What are the benefits of LDN?
One of the most remarkable characteristics of LDN is that it is a low-cost medication, which makes it an attractive option for patients who cannot afford expensive treatments. It is also relatively easy to administer, as it is available in pill form.
It takes 3 months for us to build up the level of LDN and titrate your prescription. After that, the effects of LDN will continue for as long as you stay on the medication.
With more and more research being conducted with LDN as treatment, the evidence for its efficacy is growing, and many patients are reporting positive results.
Are there any risks?
While LDN is generally considered safe, it may not be appropriate for everyone. Patients who have a history of liver disease or who are taking certain medications may be at increased risk of experiencing side effects.
It is also important to note that LDN is not a cure for any of the conditions it is used to treat. Instead, it is a tool that can be used in combination with other treatments to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Patients should work closely with their healthcare providers to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that takes into account all aspects of their condition.
How do I get LDN for my condition?
It couldn’t be easier to start your journey with us here at Bodyline. All you need to do is call our dedicated team on 0800 995 6036 to book your initial appointment.
At Bodyline Clinic, our team will guide you through the LDN prescription process and assess if it is suitable for you, regardless of whether you have a referral from your GP or not. During the first three months of your LDN journey, you will have regular prescription reviews and support calls to address any concerns or side effects. Once your prescription has been titrated, you will continue to receive prescriber consultations every three months to ensure your satisfaction with the treatment. Our clinic offers personalised treatments and nurse-led support to address your specific wellness needs and provide guidance and motivation throughout your journey to better health.
We understand that each patient’s needs are unique, and therefore, we offer tailor-made treatments across a broad range of wellness solutions. Our nurse-led support and bespoke treatments allow us to help you directly with the health problems you suffer from, while providing you with the necessary advice, guidance, and motivation to keep you on track with your wellness journey.
Please note that the LDN journey may vary depending on where you live in the country, as we offer in clinic and remote treatment plans. Our team will be happy to explain the process to you and answer any questions you may have.
If you have any concerns or questions about your LDN treatment, please do not hesitate to speak to our specialists. We are committed to ensuring that you are happy and content with our LDN plans and will work with you to address any concerns or side effects.