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Monday, April 20, 2009

Low Dose Naltrexone as a Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

Low dose naltrexone (known to its friends as LDN) could be a huge, untapped solution for millions of people with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, some doctors are afraid that it could be, for lack of a better term, “snake oil.” The problem is that no one has really done a big, double-blinded, placebo-controlled phase III type study using LDN, so we continue to lack the kind of “evidence” that physicians need to prescribe it and drug companies need to make it (currently it is only available from a compounding pharmacy).

However, there is plenty of “buzz” around LDN in the MS community. With a fervor that I have not seen around ANY other drug (except maybe medical marijuana), lots of people with MS are saying, “Hey! This stuff WORKS!”

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