Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Therapy Can Help Treat Patients With Graves’ Disease
Graves’ disease is characterized by hyperthyroidism or the overproduction of thyroid hormones. This immune system disorder is a common cause of hyperthyroidism. Many body organs and systems are affected by thyroid hormones. This is why the signs and symptoms of Graves’ disease are so wide ranging. The condition may affect anybody, but is common among people and women younger than 40.
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LDN Therapy for Graves’ Disease
An increasing number of medical doctors are prescribing low dose naltrexone (LDN) for autoimmune conditions. It is not surprising that a lot of people seek information on LDN for managing the symptoms of Graves’ disease. LDN is something that patients with autoimmune thyroid conditions may consider taking. However, it is important that you speak to your doctor about it.
LDN – An Overview
Naltrexone is an FDA-approved medication. It was approved in the 1985 for helping opioid and heroin addicts by blocking opioid receptors. Dr. Bernard Bihari found that lower doses of naltrexone could also be used for modulating the immune system. Soon LDN was being used for helping people with autoimmune conditions. The medication can help with several types of cancers as well as chronic health conditions.
Research for LDN and Graves’ Disease
Currently, there is not a lot of research in terms of the benefits of low dose naltrexone. However, a small study has observed that the compound may be used for helping patients with active Graves’ disease. There are no studies that show LDN to be ineffective in helping manage the symptoms of thyroid.
The limited research is not an indication that LDN should not be considered. There are several reports of patients doing well after taking LDN. Healthcare professionals working with patients of Graves’ disease and other autoimmune thyroid patients have also reported significant benefits.
Thyroid Medication vs. Low Dose Naltrexone
Most medical professionals will recommend thyroid hormone medication when patients are dealing with hypothyroidism. It is common for endocrinologists as well to recommend anti-thyroid medication for treating patients with Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism. It is important to manage the symptoms while addressing the root cause of the issue.
However, it makes sense if a patient wants to take low dose naltrexone and not thyroid medication. The reason for this is that if LDN seems to work, then the person taking anti-thyroid medication or thyroid hormone medication may be able to stop taking the medications. This is important because many people suffering from Graves’s Disease or hyperthyroidism are unable to take antithyroid medications, such as Methimazole.
Endocrinologists tend to pressure patients into getting radioactive iodine and thyroid surgery if they cannot take antithyroid medications because of many reasons. LDN can modulate the immune system in a natural way and help people avoid radioactive iodine and thyroid surgery.
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