Will Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) help with Alopecia Areata?

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LDN Specialist Pharmacist Michelle Moser
LDN Specicalist Pharmacist Michelle Moser

Thank you for this free webinar.  I have alopecia areata, Hashimoto's disease.  For the last two years.  I was told by my integrative doc that my LDN would help my hair grow.  Balding like a man.  When should it take effect?  I've been on it for seven months.  I would love to donate.  Oh, that's very sweet.  So what I'll say is that with alopecia areata, there are some changes in the pattern in which the hair actually grows. LDN can definitely help reduce the inflammation but it's probably not a monotherapy to help with hair growth by itself.  


There are some tests that can be run to actually identify where in the hair development process there is a glitch and that can be then figured out and medications can be compounded and tailored directly for that potential issue.  Low Dose Naltrexone is incredibly helpful.  We still use it orally and or topically for alopecia .  I wouldn't stop the oral dose because you've got other autoimmune issues going on like you mentioned Hashimoto.  This I think is pretty typical right?  Because most people with autoimmune rarely have one.  It's just one of those things that usually there's other things that have cropped up as well.  So my suggestion is to do a little bit deeper dive into where in the process that's a miscommunication of why it's not growing.  Stay on the LDN and then work on those other pathways to perhaps add other medications specifically for alopecia areata.