Sometimes medications are used to treat conditions other than what they were originally developed or intended to treat. In some instances, doctors and researchers may not fully understand the mechanisms of exactly why a repurposed medication works. But studies often show that they may offer better results than the original purpose.
Naltrexone is one such repurposed medication. It is also a medication doctors now understand works well in its new treatment protocol. Originally it was used to help those addicted to opioid-based narcotics and alcoholics kick their harmful habits. Naltrexone is still used in high doses for that purpose. It is extremely effective at taking away the “high” that makes opioids and alcohol so addictive.
In low doses, however, doctors and researchers have discovered that Naltrexone has another extremely useful benefit. It alleviates the many of the symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders, systemic infections, and other similar conditions.
The human immune system is a complex, ever-improving bodily system that is constantly fighting off infections, all while (typically) growing stronger. Many types of bacteria and viruses may only be encountered once in your childhood. But, until the day you die, your immune system will “remember.” It will have defenses prepared and ready to fight back against them whenever they are encountered again.
Tragically, for people with autoimmune disorders, this powerful immune system may become your own worst enemy. It may, mistakenly, begin to attack your own healthy cells and systems, causing a myriad of symptoms including pain, inflammation, and others.
Inflammation is typically a way that your immune system responds to perceived foreign or unhealthy cells that make their way into your body. But in autoimmune disorders, the immune system begins to attack healthy cells in its own body. Some examples of these reactions in which inflammation is caused by the immune system attacking healthy cells include:
If you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system creates antibodies. However, instead of fighting foreign cells, bacteria, and viruses, it mistakenly attacks specific healthy tissues within your own body, including:
Typically, the early stages of an autoimmune disease often seem like they are being caused by the common flu. It may give the patient symptoms such as fatigue, headache, chills, and fever. These symptoms may progress to include pain, redness, and swelling due to the inflammation that begins. It may repeatedly go through various stages where symptoms appear (flare-ups) and then go away (remission).
As mentioned previously, Naltrexone has various medical conditions that it can help to alleviate. These vary from each other, with different prescribed dosages for the different underlying conditions.
Naltrexone is usually administered in high dosages to help treat people addicted to either opioid-based drugs or alcohol. It is not initially given to patients while they are trying to wean off these substances. The method of action for high dose Naltrexone can cause symptoms of withdrawal. It works by removing the endorphins that are associated with the “high” of these substances. High doses are used to “kick” the habit by removing the taste for the substances and the high that they provide.
In lower doses (known as Low Dose Naltrexone or LDN), the medication may help to alleviate the pain, severity, and inflammation associated with various diseases. This happens because LDN temporarily increases the body’s production of endorphins which helps the body to regulate the immune system. By doing this, the inflammatory response against your own healthy tissues is reduced. This is the major pathway by which the types of diseases treated by LDN cause significant pain and discomfort.
Research studies have shown that Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) can be used to treat and alleviate the pain & inflammation associated with disorders such as fibromyalgia. LDN can also be used to treat disorders such as Crohn’s disease. LDN may also be used to help treat various cancers and nervous system disorders.
Thankfully, if you are suffering from an autoimmune disease, systemic infection, or another medical issue that can be treated with Low Dose Naltrexone, MixMyRx offers safe, and effective treatments extremely easy to obtain.
Through Mix My Rx, those suffering from these afflictions can order Low Dose Naltrexone in various dosages and mediums such as Naltrexone capsules, Naltrexone sublingual tablets, and Naltrexone suspensions.
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