There are often limited treatment options for conditions like chronic pain disorders and autoimmune diseases, but low-dose naltrexone is proving to be of significant benefit. If you have a condition like fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis, Aaron Rosenberg, MD, at Rosenberg Medical Clinic in Mequon, Wisconsin, can help. Dr. Rosenberg uses safe, effective low-dose naltrexone to relieve symptoms of a range of chronic conditions. Find out how this treatment can help you by calling Rosenberg Medical Clinic or use the online form to book an appointment today.
Naltrexone is a drug primarily used in treating opioid addiction. It works by blocking the effects of opioids like heroin and certain prescription painkillers, using doses of 50 to 100 milligrams (mg).
However, there's good reason to believe that at very low doses — 1 mg to 4.5 mg — naltrexone may be beneficial for people living with a variety of chronic pain and autoimmune disorders.
Because low-dose naltrexone doesn't have FDA approval for use in treating these kinds of conditions, your provider at Rosenberg Medical Clinic has to prescribe it "off-label." However, this doesn't mean it isn't safe – in fact, evidence shows that low-dose naltrexone is an extremely safe, cost-effective treatment.
Low-dose naltrexone can treat many types of painful disorders and autoimmune conditions, such as:
Low-dose naltrexone can also help treat neurodegenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease and may be of benefit to people with autism.
It's not entirely clear how low-dose naltrexone works for these conditions. It could be that it blocks specific receptors in your nervous system responsible for symptoms of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
Low-dose naltrexone might also limit the activity of microglia cells, which could have an anti-inflammatory effect on your nervous system. Another possibility is that low-dose naltrexone helps to stabilize your immune system, therefore reducing the effects of autoimmune disorders.
Low-dose naltrexone is an inexpensive medication that's already available. It has some significant advantages over other chronic pain medications because it doesn't cause serious side effects like gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney damage and doesn't increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
In fact, low-dose naltrexone has very few adverse effects of any kind and poses no danger from interactions with other drugs.
If you want to know more about low-dose naltrexone and how it could help with your chronic pain or autoimmune disorder, speak to the experts at Rosenberg Medical Clinic. Call to schedule a consultation or book your appointment online today.