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Low-dose naltrexone

Thursday 23 April 2009

WebMDWebMD reports on successful trials involving naltrexone, a drug used for easing the effects of heroin and alcohol withdrawal.

The reports says that a “preliminary study shows that low-dose naltrexone may be an effective, low-cost treatment for Fibromyalgia.”

WebMD: Naltrexone May Ease Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Elsewhere, Maija Haavisto, a Finnish ME/CFS patient, has taken low-
dose naltrexone for her ME/CFS and reports positive results. She details her experiences here:

Fiikus: Living with CFS/ME

There’s also a website detailing low-dose naltrexone research around the world:

The Low Dose Naltrexone Homepage

Even the US TV media has reported on it:

Unfortunately for Australians with ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia who wish to trial it, naltrexone – low-dose or otherwise – is currently prescribed solely at the discretion of the consulting doctor.

However, if further international trials strengthen the case for the use of naltrexone in people with ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia then maybe a few brave souls in Australia can start lobbying the appropriate authorities.



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