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    Navigating the Early Stages of LDN Therapy: What You Should Know

      |  Apr 26, 2023

    Embarking on a new therapy, such as low-dose naltrexone (LDN) for elevated inflammation levels, can bring hope and promise for better health, but it may also come with uncertainties. As part of our commitment to empowering patients with knowledge and understanding of their health journey, we've compiled this guide on what to expect and watch out for as you begin your LDN therapy.

    The early stages

    LDN is an off-label treatment that modulates the immune system, reducing inflammation in the body. While it is typically well-tolerated, like any therapy, it does have potential side effects.

    Physical Side Effects

    Some individuals may experience initial side effects such as insomnia, vivid dreams, or mild digestive discomfort like nausea or bloating. These symptoms typically subside within the first few weeks as the body adapts. If they persist or cause significant distress, it's important to contact your clinician. They can consider adjusting the dosage or suggest strategies to manage these effects.

    Shifts in Mood

    Beyond physical side effects, it's crucial to be aware of any changes in mood, such as anxiety or irritability. LDN impacts the endorphin system, which can indirectly influence mood. Any sudden shifts in mood or mental well-being should be reported to your provider.

    It's important to note that LDN may take some time to deliver noticeable improvements. A "lack of instant relief" should not be mistaken as a sign of the therapy not working. Every individual's response to LDN is unique, and patience is key.

    Monitoring your progress

    We will also regularly assess your inflammation markers (typically at 3 and 6 months after starting therapy) through blood tests to gauge the effectiveness of the therapy. These markers provide quantitative data, but your qualitative feedback—how you're feeling overall—is equally valuable. Make sure to openly communicate any changes, improvements, or concerns to your clinician.

    Drug Interactions

    Your clinician will also look out for potential interactions with other medications you're taking. While LDN has a low risk of drug interactions, it's crucial to disclose all medications and supplements to your healthcare team.

    Lifestyle Changes

    Bear in mind that LDN therapy is often more effective when combined with a healthy lifestyle. A balanced diet, regular exercise, good sleep hygiene, and stress management techniques all contribute to lowering inflammation and improving overall wellbeing.