Chronic pain can be very hard to treat. Effective pain relievers are often addictive, causing more problems. But there’s a safe and non-addictive way to ease chronic pain.
Naltrexone, a prescription medication for treating opioid addiction, has been shown to control pain when given in low doses. Studies show that patients with conditions like fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis experienced pain relief from 1/10th the naltrexone dosage that would be given to a patient suffering from opioid addiction.
Researchers aren’t quite sure how it works, but they know naltrexone at low doses seems to block receptors that normally produce inflammation and pain. These same effects don’t occur when naltrexone is given at normal doses.
Low doses of naltrexone produce few side effects. Researchers continue to study it because of its potential as a safe and effective treatment for other chronic pain conditions.
If you’d like to know whether naltrexone can help you live a better, healthier life, call my office to schedule a consultation.