I hear it works quite well. Regards Group! I pray someone answers my question;-)
Naltrexone is indicated in the treatment of alcohol dependence and for the blockade of the effects of exogenously administered opioids.
Naltrexone has not been shown to provide any therapeutic benefit except as part of an appropriate plan of management for the addictions.
However, please do seek medical advice, I don't think its used for weight loss!
Please take care, best wishes!
Yes. I am in a clinical study being performed by my doctor. I have been participating for 6 weeks and have lost 15 lbs. It is a 4 year study to help with FDA approval. The side effectsI are midafternoon mild nausea, mild constipation and headaches when first started taking. The headaches have eased. They were mild in the first place. I forget to eat most of the time. Definitely not as interested in it. I am very glad I didn't get a placebo. Because of the side effects, I definitely know I am receiving the real thing. I hope this answers your questions.
I have been taking LDN at the 4.5 mg dose for almost 2 months now. I was hoping it would help with the fibro pain. I'm not too sure. As far as weight loss, I never heard that one before. I have been losing a lot of weight being in all this pain. I don't get really hungry, and sometimes I'll just drink a bottle of Boost. I had pretty much lost my appetite way before I started the LDN. I guess I'm not much help. My problem isn't weight loss, it's fibro pain, etc.
Lots of medications have side effects and are prescribed for those reasons.
Benedryl makes you sleepy even though it's use was delivered to fight anaphylactic shock (bee sting allergy, etc.)
Many more examples, but you get the idea.
I have been on it for over six months for weight loss coupled with Wellbutrin and oral albuterol to increase my metabolism. I am working closely with a weight loss specialist and have seen a significant decrease in appetite and a loss of about 25 lbs in that time. I also workout 5 days a week and am better able to stay away from sweet foods because of the drug. I have always worked out this much so I do attribute the losses to the help of the drugs. Hope that helps.
Low dose naltrexone is used by some health care providers for patients with autoimmune disorders. It is not used specifically for weight loss. However, it can be useful in treating autoimmune disorders that lead to weight gain. I am taking LDN for Hashimoto's thyroiditis. A condition which slows the metabolism. The LDN resets the immune system, and I have found it easier to lose weight since I started taking it. Google Holtorf med.
Interesting question. Recent research has suggested that wheat (genetically modified form which is used extensively since the mid 80's) stimulates the opioid receptors. It would make sense that naltrexone would reduce appetite since wheat is such a common staple in our diet.
It also has been very helpful in reducing problem drinkers attachment to alcohol. See the book "The Cure for Alcoholism".
A Sands MD
Hey there, I am 1 week into taking Naltrexone (50mg) to curb my binge eating. So far it's been helping a little, and surprisingly I've had absolutely no horrible side effects other than constipation. I take the Naltrexone at about 8pm. I keep hearing a lot of people say that they immediately lose weight, feel nauseous, etc... Since I haven't lost any weight yet, has the medication just not kicked in? Can anyone else give any more comments about losing weight on Naltrexone?
Just a small back story... I was prescribed this because I put 20 lbs on in 2 months from taking Effexor, which increased my binging. (I was 118 and went up to 138)
Hi... I have had the naltrexone shot 3 times now not for weight loss but for opioid dependancy and I have lost about 10 lbs.. Not intention but will take it.. Please read all side effects before you decide on this method though.. It does cause serious insomnia... Hope this helps... Take care... Best wishes
As a patient who has been on the combination drugs well over 10 plus years of Phentermine and Topamax, I can attest to the high efficacy of these drugs which are now called Qsymia and solidly approved by the FDA for weight loss, due to its effectiveness as an appetite suppressor!!
I was under the supervision and management by its creator Dr. Thomas Najerian.
The other drugs that I have used to control my appetite and assist in weight loss consist of Wellbutrin/Zonisamide and I recently replaced the Topamax with Naltrexone!!! The reason for the switch was due to the possibility of an increased chance of kidney stone development in some individuals!!
I can attest as a college educated male with two MA degrees that I have had no ill side effects while using these drugs to maintain a weight loss regimen, nor has my mental capacity decreased or suffered!
The combination of above drugs have all seen FDA approval and thus have a better scientific guarantee of weight loss than the expensive OTC drug supplements being touted as more effective for weight loss!
Once again however let me mention that these highly affective approved FDA weight loss drugs should be taken under the care and supervision of a doctor along with the recommended exercise, diet and yearly blood workup to verify how well you are doing.
I was just prescribed this specifically because I told my Doctor that I want to lose weight yesterday. So far, I haven't been craving as much, which is unusual for me, especially this time of month.
I was on ldn for over a year for my lupus / fibro / csd my weight stayed around 126 to 130 at the most & im 5'8 which was a wonderful side affect of a very easy drug. I was on 6 mg to control the pain I also have the rare and frightful poly arteritis nodosa & naltrexone managed it all very well, then i decided i felt so good that i weened myself off of it & now 8 mos later my weight has gotten out of hand i have never had a weight problem & now im pushing 170 so tomorrow i go to my doctor which is a great reheumatologist to start back on the LDN i hope it helps w my weight issues but as for the pains i have no doubt it works!!
I've been taking Contrave for a year, a combination of Wellbutrin and Naltrexone. Over the past year I've lost 100 pounds! I contribute my success to the medication. My mind no longer fixates on food and I'm able to say "no" to unhealthy foods and forget about them. Before, thoughts of food would haunt my brain relentlessly. I take a total of 16 mg of Naltrexone which is only half of the maximum dose. If I take the full dose of 32 mg I'm unable to sleep. I have no other side effects. I plan to stay on this medication for awhile. I don't want to regain the weight that I worked so hard to lose.
Yes, you can curb cravings with with medication. I am just sad to see how many people are using this to curb food cravings... when this I meant to be a medication for people who have serious problems with more then just a bit of extra food a day. I struggle daily with alcoholism... it is hard for myself and others to get this prescription as people are taking advantage of it. Go to the gym if you only need to lose a few pounds
After an alcoholic relapse in December (I had been clean for 18 months) my NP prescribed Naltrexone 50, one a day. It seems to be doing the trick for the alcohol cravings, actually feeling as confident about that as ever. I was 175 pounds when I started on the med, and now three months later I'm down to 148. I've actually had to start monitoring my calories to make sure I'm getting enough. I don't want to give up the benefit of reduced cravings, but another three months at this pace and I'll be below my weight from high school.
- Naltrexone Information for Consumers
- Naltrexone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Naltrexone (detailed)
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