Low Dose Naltrexone for Colitis

Are you struggling to cope with colitis? If so, contact a compounding pharmacy to discuss how low dose naltrexone could benefit you. 

Colitis can have a serious impact on your life, and traditional treatment options may not benefit all patients. Fortunately, there has been some evidence to suggest that low dose naltrexone (LDN) could be beneficial to people diagnosed with and experiencing symptoms of colitis. You can discuss LDN with your physician in order to figure out whether it may be a good option for you.

If your physician has determined that you may be able to use low dose naltrexone for colitis, The Healthy Choice compounding pharmacy can help. We can develop your custom medication so you can treat your colitis and get back to your life. 

Colitis Explained

There are many different types of colitis, each affecting a different part of the intestines. Basic colitis is typically characterized by inflammation of the colon. 

Although this inflammatory response is supposed to aid in ridding the body of infection, toxins, and other unwanted elements, the inflammation itself can often linger, causing a general feeling of unwellness, fever, chills, nausea, and fatigue. For people suffering from colitis, this can be debilitating. 

Chronic colitis is often caused by other types of inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis, C. Diff. colitis, and Crohn’s disease. Barring surgical removal of the colon, there is currently no cure for colitis. But the symptoms can sometimes be managed with different treatment options, such as: 

  • Antibiotics
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Steroids
  • Surgical intervention
  • Immune system suppressors
  • Maintaining adequate hydration

As you can imagine, many of these treatment options may do little to fully help people suffering from chronic colitis. However, in recent years, the use of naltrexone in low doses has been shown to help with a wide variety of medical conditions, including inflammatory conditions like colitis. This could have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, if successful.

How Could Low Dose Naltrexone Help Colitis?

The drug naltrexone has been used in the past to help patients suffering from alcoholism and opioid addiction. Naltrexone is an opioid inhibitor, which means that it binds to the opioid receptors in the brain. Addicts who want to recover have been able to get through the withdrawal process and begin their recovery by using naltrexone.

But when naltrexone is given in low doses, the effects can actually benefit a number of individuals suffering from many different types of medical conditions, including chronic colitis. Low dose naltrexone also works by temporarily binding to the opioid receptors in the brain and generating the production of endorphins. 

Endorphins are responsible for making you feel great for a period of time, such as after exercising. This increased output of endorphins can also help to slow or even stop the growth of cells in the body that cause, in this case, inflammation of the colon. Speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of low-dose naltrexone to determine if this treatment option is a good fit for you.

Contact a Compounding Pharmacy That Provides LDN for Colitis

If you have questions about the benefits or risks of low dose naltrexone for colitis, The Healthy Choice compounding pharmacy is here to help. Give us a call at 914-238-1700 or complete the quick contact form provided below so we can discuss your individual health needs.