Is Low Dose Naltrexone a "Cure All?"

Sep 17, 2017

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.

But 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!


Autoimmune Problems  

Posted by David (Huntington Beach, Ca) on 02/21/2016

I have posted here before and am a Chiropractor for thirty years. In researching a cure for a friend I stumbled across LDN or low dose naltrexone.

Apparently is has had almost miraculous results with autoimmune diseases like lupus, MS, fibromyalgia, Hashimoto's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, also neuro-degenerative conditions like Parkinsons, ALS and others.

I am following up on it and will have some of my autoimmune patients look into it and begin using it. In the meantime, here are some important links to begin to look into it for yourself.

The short version of it is its an off patent medication (so very cheap) that is very safe and taking in very small doses so that a months worth of it is under $40.00 USD.

As a Chiropractor, I don't usually recommend medication, but it is so safe and such a low dose, with such AMAZING results being reported (since the mid 1980s) that I am very excited about its potential benefits.

this is a great place to start. 7 10--The Faces of Low Dose Naltrexone.pdf

This is a wonderful free e-book with many text links to more information.

Lets start to spread the word on this on EarthClinic and if its anything close to what is being said about it, it will be WONDERFUL!


David in HB

Hormonal Imbalances  

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Posted by Tracey (Colac) on 04/14/2016
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I was on 1.5mg for 1 month for ongoing brain fog that doctors attribute to menopause or protracted Benzo withdrawal, or anxiety, or some other hormonal imbalance. No change. So now been on LDN 3mg for last 2 months.. no change.....I am a mess and LDN not changing this so I don't know.

Replied by Rsw

Hi Tracey,

LDN will modulate your immune system, and by doing so can positively impact a host of immune problems and diseases. However, I don't recall it being effective for balancing hormones due to menopause. Please take a look at posts to relieve your anxiety from menopause under the ailments tab at the top/menopause. Many herbal and other remedies have been suggested on this site that may be more beneficial to you. I hope you feel better soon.

Replied by Deb

Tracey, I'm no doctor, but think our hormones are changed by GMO foods. The glyphosate is toxic to every part of our bodies. Many people are having gut problems, gluten sensitivity, hormonal problems. Please try to avoid corn, soy, canola, sugar, zucchini, squash even dairy because the cows are fed GMO corn & soy. If you want any of the above buy organic. That way you will be safe.

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Posted by Dawnie (Pennsylvania) on 09/17/2017
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After reading your article on low dose naltrexone I just wanted to share that after testing positive for human parvo virus, HH6, and cytomegalovirus I was so tired every day and all of my major joints hurt. I was told by a Dr. in Florida that 80% of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia or CFS, have at some point had fifths disease. In any event he recommended LDN and I was more than willing to try anything.

The first week was so bad that I had to stop taking LDN 4.5 mg. I did not feel any better and some days the brain fog was unbearable. A few days after stopping I realized I was actually getting better and thought to myself it had to be the late effects of the LDN. I hadn't felt that good in several months.

I started back on LDN taking 1/2 of a 4.5mg tab nightly and the results were amazing!!! Within a few weeks I was back to myself. Even better than I was prior to getting sick. I tried stopping the LDN and within a few weeks all of my joint pain was back as well as the extreme fatigue.

I was also pleasantly surprised to realize that while I was on the LDN my night sweats from menopause were controlled as well. I hadn't realized it until I'd stopped taking LDN how much it was helping my mood and night sweats!!!

Needless to say I have had amazing results and can not imagine ever being without it. Recently I had to stop taking it again for several weeks because I was having surgery and I knew I would need to take Percocet for pain after my surgery. I was hoping that once I stopped the LDN I would just stay off it even when I was done with the pain medicine. Just because who wants to rely on a pill if it's not necessary. Well within three weeks I was waking up dripping wet from night sweats and all of my joints were aching again! I remember coming home from my work out one night and thinking OMG I can't believe how awful I feel again!!! I immediately started back on my LDN 4.5 mg at bedtime and once again joint pain, night sweats and chronic fatigue gone!!!!

I am so grateful for this drug!!! I can not imagine where I'd be without it.