Among low dose naltrexone side affects, weight loss is certainly one such category that people may well benefit from. However, naltrexone for weight loss usually works better on some patients than the others; these patients with severely impaired metabolisms also benefit more from the LDN reaction on weight. This happens because of the fact that the metabolism of obese patients is indeed impaired and in such cases naltrexone for weight loss may be more successful. Also, the drug may not work as well in such patients due to the fact that these patients already have a very low blood pressure and very low appetite levels.
However, this does not mean that obese individuals should avoid naltrexone altogether. This only means that they should use naltrexone properly under the guidance of a doctor or nutritionist and under the supervision of a health professional. The reason why it is believed that low doses of naltrexone for milder chronic pain problems are most effective stems from the fact that naltrexone blocks the action of opioids. So naltrexone for weight loss can help overweight individuals lose weight by suppressing the urge to consume food. At the same time, it reduces the amount of calories consumed by the body and as a consequence weight reduction takes place.
However, when it comes to obese individuals it is often thought that weight loss by using medications is only a temporary measure. This is so because obese individuals cannot diet or engage in other lifestyle changes like regular exercise that may be required in order to reduce body fat percentage. As a result, prolonged use of such types of medications could have severe side effects that may include the development of liver disease, high blood pressure, stroke and even an increased risk of developing cancer. As a result, many people are now looking towards alternative methods of treating obesity.
One such method is using naltrexone to achieve and maintain a healthy body mass index. Naltrexone works by blocking the opioid receptors on the target organ (in this case the brain) which prevents the pleasure derived from eating. Because of this, patients are not under any real psychological stress and they can eat and become full easily.
When using naltrexone, it is important for patients to adopt a healthy eating routine. This is because, as naltrexone inhibits the metabolism it may help people reduce calories by eating less. However, when patients eat too few calories they will still feel hungry and as a result they consume fewer calories than what they should, which in turn leads to loss of weight. Therefore, patients who are unable to control their diet when on medication should first adopt a healthy diet in order to lose the weight before using naltrexone to achieve and maintain a healthy body mass index.
Naltrexone has shown great potential as an aid in combating obesity. However, patients must be aware of the side effects associated with its use and must be careful how much and what type of food they ingest. Also, patients and medical providers should work closely together in order to determine the most effective combination of dietary change and medication use in achieving maximum weight gain prevention and/or loss.