Naltrexone For Weight Loss – Is it Right For You?

For many years, the use of drugs for weight loss has been widely considered to be the only effective way to lose extra pounds. The problem, however, is that many people become tolerant to certain medications and find it difficult to continue taking them once they reach their desired weight. Such people may then turn to Naltrexone for weight loss help. If you think this is the best option for you, here are some of the pros and cons of this treatment option.

Naltrexone for weight loss can be used to suppress appetite and curb food cravings. Although it cannot miraculously transform an obese patient into thin, it does have proven success in reducing weight in many patients. The primarystay of successful healthy weight control is a well balanced, low calorie diet rich in lean protein and fresh fruits and vegetables, and devoid of calorie-rich but calorie-free fat and sugar. Exercise to promote metabolic rate increase, as well as muscle development or maintenance, is important as well. Naltrexone can help in this area.

Some patients experience mild tremors and headaches while taking Naltrexone for weight loss therapy. In rare cases, hypertension can also occur in some patients due to the increased hormone levels in the body. Patients with severe liver disease, kidney disease and chronic pain conditions, however, are not advised such therapy due to the risks involved. This is also true for patients taking other types of medication for chronic pain.

This medication can lower blood sugar levels by interfering with the ability of the enzyme insulin to absorb glucose, resulting in reduced hunger and eventually normal blood glucose levels. The use of oral contraceptives may also result in insulin resistance because of the decreased insulin levels. Because of this, it has been recommended that diabetic patients using oral contraceptives should not take naltrexone due to possible interactions with oral antidiabetic agents like insulin shock drugs. The use of certain cancer medications such as chemotherapy agents may lead to side effects, and oral contraception is not recommended for women undergoing treatment for cancer. Naltrexone may also reduce the effect of estrogen on growth hormones, so women who are taking hormone therapy to treat breast cancer, are advised to avoid taking naltrexone.

Some patients with type 2 diabetes are advised to use naltrexone for weight loss due to the slowing of their metabolism. Metabolism is a process by which the body converts food into energy. It is therefore imperative for patients to monitor their insulin levels closely and to do it regularly. When the insulin levels in the bloodstream are in a state of balance, the body uses its reserves for energy and the fat cells start to get used. However, when there is an imbalance between the insulin levels and the calories consumed, weight gain is inevitable.

This makes it essential for patients taking this medication to talk to their doctors about its possible downsides. Although patients taking LRT do have an increased risk of acquiring diabetes, this does not mean that they have to get caught off guard and begin taking the medication. Patients who are at high risk include patients who have other health conditions or are undergoing other forms of medication. Those patients with type 2 diabetes should also consider using LRT under the supervision of their doctors. Also, those patients who are obese and smoke should also speak to their doctor before considering using naltrexone for weight loss.

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