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					Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)                             LDN Not Suitable
                                                                                                                    Low Dose
Doctors who have trained in                           LDN can not be taken with immunosuppressive
NaProTECHNOLOGY fertility treatment often             drugs such as steroids, methotrexate or interferon.           Naltrexone
recommend Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) as part of        In addition, if you mix LDN with OPOID based
the overall treatment programme to help couples       pain relieving medications you can become acutely        Treatment of Endorphin Deficiency 
with infertility or recurrent miscarriage.            ill with persistent vomiting lasting up to 48 hours.
Patients that are most likely to benefit from         You should stop LDN the day before any surgery
treatment are those with                              and recommence 24 hours after discontinuing pain
    1. Premenstrual symptoms lasting for 4 or         relieving medication after surgery. If you have poor
         more days each cycle                         liver or Kidney function you cannot take LDN.
    2. Endometriosis or PCOD
    3. Persistent Brown menstrual bleeding            Finally
    4. Persistent fatigue
    5. Sleep disturbance                              Naltrexone is not licensed as a treatment for
    6. Low mood                                       infertility or autoimmune conditions. This means
    7. Excessive Anxiety                              that further research is needed to confirm its
    8. Personal or Family history of                  efficacy for these conditions. It is unlikely to be
         Autoimmunity – MS, Rheumatoid                widely used until proper clinical trials are
         Arthritis, Insulin dependent Diabetes,       conducted and published in peer reviewed medical
         Underactive Thyroid, etc…                    journals. Until that time the medical community
                                                      must regard LDN as an experimental treatment.
Side Effects
The majority of people taking LDN have few or no
side effects. About 5% of patients cannot tolerate
                                                                           REFERENCES:
LDN at all and it must be discontinued.               1. Chapter 41, “The Medical and Surgical Practice of
If you do experience mild side effects they usually   NaProTECHNOLOGY” Pope Paul VI Press, Omaha,
subside after 2 weeks of treatment.                   NE, USA.
Typical side effects include                          2. Natural Procreative Technology as explained in
                                                      “The Medical and Surgical Practice of
     · Sleep disturbance                              NaProTECHNOLOGY” Pope Paul VI Press
     · Vivid Dreams                                   3. Is Endometriosis an Autoimmune Disease? Gleicher
                                                      N, El-Roeiy A et al, Obstet Gynecol. 70: 115-121, 1987        www.fertilitycare.net 
     · Nausea
                                                      4. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as an Autoimmune
     · Headache                                       Disease: A New Concept. Ali AFM, Fateen B, et al           www.lowdosenaltrexone.org
     · Dry mouth                                      Obstet Gynecol 95:48S, 2000
Naltrexone 
Original Licensed use                                                                                                 Naltrexone has been shown to dramatically
                                                                                                                      improve severe premenstrual symptoms and
Naltrexone is licensed as a treatment for alcoholics                                                                  increase fertility rates as well as reduce the
and drug addicts. It is an opioid receptor antagonist                                                                 likelihood of miscarriage, when used as part of a
and  blocks  endorphin  receptors  to  prevent  them                                                                  comprehensive           NaProTECHNOLOGY2
from working. 
                                                                                                                      fertility programme as in Dr. Hilgers practice.
If  somebody  is  addicted  to  alcohol,  heroin  or                                                                  Naltrexone has also been given safely during
morphine  it  is  because  these  substances  stimulate                                                               pregnancy at a dose of 50mg daily without
the  endorphin  receptors  to  give  a  “Rush,  Buzz  or                                                              causing any adverse effect to either mother or
Kick”.  This  effect  does  not  occur  if  a  patient  has                                                           baby.
taken  Naltrexone  because  the  receptors  are 
blocked.  In  this  way  patients  with  addictions  can                                                              Dr. Bernard Bahari, a Neurologist and
be helped to break their habit.                                                                                       Immunologist based in New York, has found
                                                                                                                      that Naltrexone can also be used to treat patients
                                                                                                                      with AUTOIMMUNE diseases such as Multiple
New Unlicensed use – Endorphin                                                                                        Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohns Disease,
Stimulation                                                                                                           etc.
                                                               If you block the endorphin receptors at night
Two doctors working independently of each                      the body responds by giving an increased natural       Dr. Bahari has a group of over 200 patients with
other in the USA have been using Naltrexone as                 endorphin surge the following day. Dr. Hilgers         MS that have not had any progression of their
a treatment to stimulate the body’s endorphin                  has shown through his research efforts that a          disease since commencing Naltrexone. Some
system and cause an increased endorphin surge                  single night time dose of Naltrexone will              patients have been on treatment for 20 years.
to treat a number of different “Endorphin-                     increase endorphin levels the following day (See       Dr. Bahari uses a low dose of Naltrexone (LDN)
Deficiency states”.                                            Below.).                                               – ranging from 1.5 to 4.5mg nightly and has
                                                                                                                      found this to be very effective to improve
Dr. Thomas Hilgers, a Professor in Obstetrics                                                                         endorphin levels and halt the autoimmune
and Gynaecology from Creighton University,                                                                            disease process.
Omaha, Nebraska has used Naltrexone since
1990 to enhance the natural Endorphin surge                                                                           The Common link
and improve fertility rates in his Infertility                                                                        Interestingly a number of conditions that cause
Treatment programme. It has been known for                                                                            infertility have been shown to have a possible
some time that endorphin deficiency will result                                                                       autoimmune3,4 component. So the positive effect
in reduced fertility and that improving                                                                               of treating endorphin deficiency related to
endorphin levels can improve fertility1.                       Beta Endorphin levels following Naltrexone treatment
                                                                                                                      infertility may be through improving immune
                                                               Dr. Hilgers, Ch 29 Med & Surg Principles of NPT.
                                                                                                                      function.

				
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