Can Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) worsen hyperthyroid?
For a thyroid that is working overtime so to speak, can Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) make that worse? Well, I think we need to again get to the underlying issue, and is this a situation where it's an autoimmune hyperthyroidism such as Grave’s Disease? And I think Dr Zielsdorf was very eloquent in describing what potentially could be some of the issues around hyperthyroidism, that sometimes people kind of ebb and flow with their thyroid issue, where they could be high and low.
Now what we do know is that if someone is on medication for thyroid replacement, then we need to take a look at thyroid markers so you know what is going on with their labs after they've been on low dose naltrexone for a while. So anytime we have either a high functioning or a low functioning thyroid - that is the major metabolic pathway of the entire body - we always have to monitor. And how quickly or how often we monitor, that is something that again is very individualized. Yes, it has happened, but again with good lab results, I think it can be very easily handled, and I don't think it's necessarily a situation where you should stop your Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)
Answered by LDN Specialist Pharmacist Michelle Moser