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Low-dose naltrexone

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Naltrexone is a generic prescription medication that works as an "opioid antagonist," and it’s traditionally been used to help people who deal with substance abuse go through recovery. How it works is actually sort of amazing: essentially, it blocks opioid receptors, which means that people don’t feel high if they take a drug. That has helped many addicts get safely and successfully through recovery. In low doses, though, naltrexone appears to have very different effects: it’s thought to inhibit proliferation of certain immune system cells and block the signaling of others, resulting in reduced pain and inflammation. This is exciting news for people with inflammatory conditions, especially since naltrexone is a low-cost medication with very few side effects.

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