What is Low Dose Naltrexone Used For?
If you or someone you know has Opiod Addiction, Auto-Immune, Thyroid Issues, Cancer, HIV, Hepatitis, Crohn’s Disease, Lyme Disease, Chronic Fatigue, Infertility, Pain, Trouble Sleeping, Difficulty Healing, Multiple Sclerosis please see this website about Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). I have recommended LDN therapy with my patients and I, as well as the patients, have been extremely impressed with the results. Now please understand that this medication is used as part of a complete Functional Medicine protocol and not as a stand-alone treatment in my practice. Anything that can be done to help stimulate the immune system in my opinion is definitely worth a deeper look.
Naltrexone itself was approved by the FDA in 1984 in a 50mg dose for the purpose of helping heroin or opium addicts, by blocking the effect of such drugs. By blocking opioid receptors, naltrexone also blocks the reception of the opioid hormones that our brain and adrenal glands produce: beta-endorphin and metenkephalin. Many body tissues have receptors for these endorphins and enkephalins, including virtually every cell of the body’s immune system.
In 1985, Bernard Bihari, MD, a physician with a clinical practice in New York City, discovered the effects of a much smaller dose of naltrexone (approximately 3mg once a day) on the body’s immune system. He found that this low dose, taken at bedtime, was able to enhance a patient’s response to infection by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. [Note: Subsequently, the optimal adult dosage of LDN has been found to be 4.5mg.]
In the mid-1990’s, Dr. Bihari found that patients in his practice with cancer (such as lymphoma or pancreatic cancer) could benefit, in some cases dramatically, from LDN. In addition, people who had an autoimmune disease (such as lupus) often showed prompt control of disease activity while taking LDN.
(above taken directly from lowdosenaltrexone.org)
Dr. Skip, O.M.D.