Does does Low Dose Naltrexone work on Fibromyalgia symptoms, and if so, why?
It is time for revisiting Low Dose Naltrexone for Fibromyalgia symptoms. LDN is a medication that works to block opioid receptors in the brain for a short time during the night. As the drug wears off, the ‘uptake’ causes the body to produce more endorphins and dopamine, to compensate for the ‘down’ time.
The shortage of endorphins produced in Fibromyalgia and many auto-immune diseases, are believed to be a major reason for the triggering of flares, even the possibility of the onset of the disease itself. LDN is being shown to be a type of wonder drug where HIV/MS/certain cancers/Fibromyalgia/Parkinsons ect. is concerned.Low Dose Naltrexone is showing to be a 'wonder drug' for many with various autoimmune diseases~ Click To Tweet
When I have written a post on this subject before, I inevitably get the comment/question having to do with the fact that Naltrexone is used for drug addicts and/or alcoholics. Followed by the comment/question as to why am I advocating its use in FMS, and why do I say there are few side effects when Naltrexone actually has some very serious side effects?
So here is the scoop. Yes, ‘Naltrexone’ is used for treatment in opioid abuse, heroin addiction, and alcoholism. When treating these conditions, a high dosage of Naltrexone is used. What is prescribed in the treatment of FMS and other auto immune disorders is a low dosage of Naltrexone. For addiction treatment 50 mg is used daily, as opposed to 1.5 – 4.5 mg used only at night by FMS patients. In the high dose there can be some major side effects (albeit, compared to heroin addiction, some choose to take their chances). However, with the very low dose given for treatment of FMS symptoms, the side effects are unbelievably minimal.
Revisiting Low Dose Naltrexone For Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Affects endorphin production ~ usually related to mood, endorphins also play a role in pain relief, immune system regulation, and growth of cells.
Very inexpensive ~ cost ranges from $30-$40 a mo.
Compound Pharmacy ~ LDN is not mass-produced by chemical companies (why it remains cheap and relatively unknown). It is made by specific ‘compound’ pharmacies in the country. Buy ONLY from these pharmacies in order to avoid less pure products made with ‘fillers’ or are ‘slow release’. It is important to get the full dose all at once in order to reap its benefits.
Possible Help With Opioid Attainment Difficulty ~ We all know about the war on opioid use by the current administration, and the disastrous effects it is having on the chronic pain community. When using LDN you cannot be simultaneously using an opioid pain reliever (obviously since LDN blocks the opioid receptors), so use of LDN to help restore natural pain relief in the body could help.LDN helps the body to restore natural pain relief ability~ Click To Tweet
I have FINALLY contacted my doctor to call in the prescription to get the ball rolling. Since hearing about LDN last year, I have been eager to try it. It seems to work on approx. 70% of the people who use it, with claims of about a 30-40% reduction in FMS related symptoms. Stay tuned for further updates!