This following has been written by thyroid patient Patricia from Canada. 

What is Naltrexone and why would one use it?

Naltroxene is FDA-approved medication, first created in the mid-1980′s. And in a low dose, called Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), it can boost the function of one’s immune function, or balance out an over-reactive immune system. It’s stated to be beneficial for those with cancer, autoimmune diseases (like Hashimoto’s Disease, Hashitoxicosis (the combination of Graves and Hashi’s) MS, Crohn’s, Lupus) as well as  HIV/AIDS and central nervous system disorders.

Originally in the full dose Naltrexone, it was prescribed to alcoholics and drug addicts to enable them to free themselves from their addiction. It raises their seratonin levels so they don’t miss the alcohol and drugs they once derived pleasure from. Then in low doses, it was known to help one’s immune function.

How do thyroid patients use LDN?

Many Hashimoto’s thyroid patients are using LDN to reduce their stubbornly high antibodies. LDN is especially helpful for those who have both Graves and Hashi’s antibodies, called Hashitoxicosis, as well. It’s normally not used by patients for plain hypothyroidism, but there may be some. Usually when a patient starts LDN, especially with Hashi’s, they can reduce their thyroid hormone medications. It was once thought that they could eliminate needing any thyroid medication at all, but that hasn’t been the case.

If you would like to learn more about taking LDN, there’s a Facebook group for those using it (or considering using it) called “Got Endorphins”. They advise starting low at 1.5 mg and slowly raising to 4.5 mg. However, some patients have found they have to hold at a lower amount to feel well. You can get LDN by prescription from your doctor. If that’s not possible, they will advise other methods to use.

More LDN resources:

http://www.ldnresearchtrust.org/

www.lowdosenaltroxene.org

ldnresearch.org

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