There is hope's post:
(History is made by those who do not go blindly into the night..." [Stephanie L. Ware, Private Investigator - 5/14/08 The Daily Advisor].
The topic of the thread here is low dose Naltrexone. The PDR is in reference to a high dose of Naltrexone which is FDA approved to treat drug & alcohol abuse. The "standard" dosage used for this FDA approved drug was 50 mg. The "Small doses will have no effect" comment (above) refers to treatment of "addiction." So, in summary...low dose Naltrexone (4.5 mg or lower) will NOT be effective to treat ADDICTION.
Naltrexone in LOW DOSE (LDN) has minimal side effects and there have not been any reports of "coma or death," none that I am aware of anyway. (The dosage is relevant here...) Even though we are speaking of the drug "Naltrexone" the effects (either good or bad) is dependant upon the DOSAGE that is used and what it is being used for.
I have taken LOW DOSE Naltrexone (4.5 mg) since March 2008 (to treat Crohn's / Colitis) with complete confidence that it is the only treatment that will work for me. I had very minimal side effects in the first 2 weeks and have received relief from symptoms from DAY ONE. I have been in contact with people who have used LDN to treat various illness (all of "these" illnesses have a common bond - autoimmune/inflammatory) thus, that is why it works to treat so many illnesses (MS, RA, Crohn's, etc.) Many have been on LDN for year with NO ILL EFFECTS...as a matter of fact...it has stopped disease progression for many, as proven through testing (MRIs, etc.)
Personally, I feel well for the first time in 30 years. I have gotten complete pain relief and my inflammation is gone. DO I have mild Crohn's? I would guess NOT, since I have had 30 years of diseased intestine which, I suppose, has caused a lot of "impaired tissue" and scaring (along with my surgery). I have suffered a long time with inflammation and "narrowing." I am at high risk of stricture, according to my GI who strongly suggested that I go on Remicade. I opted to give LDN a try and it is working very well for me.
I refused to "sign up" for Remicade because I felt it was too dangerous even on the standard dosage (to treat IBD)...
I am very satisfied that I decided to participate in my healthcare...instead of just bobbling along through life. I did the research and found the answers for myself, so that I would not "go blindly into the night."
Good luck to us all!
I did edit and move your post for rules 3, 13, 14, 17, 19. (I am sorry, I still need to remove more all caps. Right now I am too tired to finish it, but in the future please do not do this it is against the rules.)
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Post Edited (MMMNAVY) : 6/9/2008 8:39:26 PM (GMT-6)