Nowadays many doctors prescribe low dose naltrexone (LDN) to the patients, suffering from autoimmune conditions. Also, many patients with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis disease are interested in the medication LDN and they want to know whether this drug is appropriate for them.
First of all, people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis disease should know that they may face the problem, connected with finding the medical specialist, who can prescribe LDN to them. It is recommended to ask a local pharmacist about an appropriate doctor.
As for the advantages of the LDN medication, there was not enough research on this drug. The medication studies have shown that LDN can help to reduce the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Also LDN is intended to be an anti-inflammatory agent within the patients having the problems with the central nervous system. The medication LDN also helps to eliminate the chronic pain. As the result of the medication studies, it has been established that this drug is useful for the patients suffering from gastrointestinal disorders. LDN can also help some patients, suffering from active Crohn's disease.
It should be noted that a lot of doctors often recommend thyroid hormone medication to the patients with Hashimoto’s. Although the monitoring of the symptoms is very important during treatment, the addition of naltrexone with a low dose instead of thyroid medications can be very useful, because if the LDN works, then the patient may not need to take thyroid hormone medications. It is very important, since such a condition as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is associated with the functioning of the immune system that destructs the thyroid gland. In this case, taking thyroid hormone medication will be useless while trying to stop this destruction. LDN helps to prevent any further destruction of the thyroid and some patients with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can reduce the dosage of their drugs or even stop taking other medications after starting taking LDN.
As for the side effects, which are associated with taking LDN, they are very rare, but you should take into account the following aspects before you start taking this medication:
As for possible side effects, LDN can be the cause of insomnia. This is more common within those people who start taking the drug with a higher dose, and therefore, if there are any problems with sleep, it is recommended to reduce the dosage.
The patients should be aware that LDN does not always work. In some cases, it can be effective, but in other cases it does not help at all.
It is also important to keep in mind that LDN is not intended to fight with the cause of the problem and this drug is not aimed at coping with the underlying cause of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis disease or Graves' disease. In some cases, patients can choose to take LDN, trying to detect and delete the autoimmune trigger.
In conclusion, it should be noted that low dose naltrexone (LDN) may be useful for people with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. In some cases, this drug can be used as a substitute for the thyroid hormone medications or anti-thyroid drugs. It should be taken into account, that LDN is not intended to eliminate the cause of the problem. Also, the drug does not always work if the patient has an autoimmune thyroid disease. It can be very difficult to find a doctor who can prescribe you LDN, as this can be very problematic. In this case, you should contact the local pharmacist who can help you to find a necessary doctor.