Have you heard of low dose naltrexone (LDN)? It is a synthetic drug used in small amounts that has shown promising results for those with serious diseases including auto-immune disease, cancer, HIV, MS, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Celiac disease, and IBS.
What is Naltrexone?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Naltrexone is used to help narcotic dependents who have stopped taking narcotics to stay drug-free. It is also used to help alcoholics stay alcohol-free.” A typical dose of naltrexone is 50 mg. Side effects of the regular dose of naltrexone include digestive disturbances, sleep disturbances, headaches, and anxiety problems. Regular dose naltrexone is not recommended for people with liver problems because of its possible hepatototoxicity. Low dose naltrexone is a much smaller dose of naltrexone, 3 to 4.5 mg instead of the standard dose of 50 mg. So the low dose is indeed low – less than 10% of the standard dose. This much lower dose rarely has side effects and yet there have been many studies and personal testimonies showing that the low dose is very effective for many who take it.
But I Have a Disease, Not an Addiction!
While the regular dose of naltrexone is used for addictions, the low dose has been found to be helpful for those with a variety of chronic diseases. When the low dose of naltrexone is taken at bedtime, it causes in increase in endorphins produced by the body during the night. This is the mechanism by which it is helpful for a broad spectrum of diseases.
Is Naltrexone a Natural Remedy?
No, naltrexone is not a natural remedy. People looking for natural remedies are often doing so because conventional medications have not been successful, have had unacceptable side effects or have been too expensive. Earth Clinic has been empowering those who are looking for safer, cheaper and more effective remedies for their health. Usually this is in the form of supplements, herbs, diet and health practices. Once in a while some drugs with a good history of safety and effectiveness find their way into the pages of cures that Earth Clinic readers share. Aspirin and guaifenesin are two other synthetic drugs that would fit into this category.
How Do I Get Low Dose Naltrexone?
Because naltrexone is a prescription drug, you will need to work with a doctor who can prescribe it for you, and then you will need a compounding pharmacy to fill the prescription.
Have you tried low dose naltrexone (LDN)? Please be sure to share your feedback with us! Continue reading to learn how Earth Clinic readers have fared when they tried LDN.