Congratulations to Dr. Luis Nacul, principal investigator of a team that recently received an Operating Grant: Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps & Priorities through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
‘Post-covid fatigue syndrome’ (PCFS) is a term being used to describe a set of symptoms in people who have not recovered to previous levels of health and function after contracting COVID-19. Clinically, PCFS resembles post-viral fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).
Low-dose naltrexone has been used among patients with ME/CFS to help relieve symptoms like pain and fatigue. With this funding, Dr. Nacul’s team will conduct a randomized parallel group double-blinded placebo-controlled trial based out of BC Women’s Hospital Complex Chronic Diseases Program, in collaboration with the Provincial Post-COVID Recovery clinics, to investigate whether low-dose naltrexone can be used safely to reduce symptoms experienced by people with PCFS, too.
Findings from this study stand to benefit people who experience PCFS and lend support for further studies on the use of low dose naltrexone for post-viral fatigue syndrome and ME/CFS.