Low Dose Naltrexone is a drug originally developed to treat opioid and alcohol addiction. In its original dosage of 50mg, it blocks opioid receptors and therefore keeps patients from the effects of the opioid. There are very few side-effects and it is considered a safe drug. But besides blocking the receptors, naltrexone modulates the immune response slowing down autoimmunity. It was discovered that in low doses (under 10mg – most of us take around 4.5mg), it blocks the destructive antibodies in MS, Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis and many others like ME/CFS. At the same time that this was discovered, the pharmaceutical company that held the patent on naltrexone was about to lose the patent, so it was not financially advantageous for them to pay for millions of dollars to research this new application of naltrexone.
LDNresearchtrust.org is a great resource for anyone interested in trying this treatment. I found it to be a life-changing help for me in stopping my brain fog and bringing my cytokine markers back into the normal range. There is also a wonderful FB group for people who have questions or who want to learn more. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/LDNRT/ and request to become a member.
A great research article to print and have for future doctor visits can be found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3962576/?fbclid=IwAR26ANdhFCvAWWjTVImtPwZCOhvjSH3DfBvckBlPAhE5OIJXOJe6drM8TVg