Over the last year or so, Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) has received a lot of press. From an NPR story asserting in tiny doses, LDN — traditionally thought of as an addiction medication — is now moonlighting as a treatment for chronic pain to an article appearing on Medscape.com suggesting LDN may be an affordable medicine for many chronic health conditions, there’s no shortage of thoughts about the potential LDN holds for those suffering from chronic illness and pain. So what is Naltrexone, and what do we do here at BioDesign Wellness, a Tampa Functional Medicine practice? Think about the possibility of this medication playing a role in your battle to overcome chronic illness. Well, for starters, naltrexone, which was synthesized and patented in 1961, is an opioid antagonist that was first used about 10 years later primarily to prevent relapse into opioid abuse. As we mentioned above, naltrexone has generated interest …
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