alcoholism drug could help gambling addiction
study of pathological gamblers found that the drug naltrexone
could significantly lower the urge to gamble. The study
conducted by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis found
that gambling addicts who took the drug naltrexone, usually
prescribed to curb alcoholism and drug dependence, experienced a
significant decline in the urge to gamble. Almost 40% of the
participants who took naltrexone managed to abstain from all
gambling for at least 1 month, compared to about 10% of those
who took a placebo. The participants in the survey aged between
14 and 59 and gambled for 6-32 per week. The conclusion from the
study, posted in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, was that
naltrexone is safe and well-tolerated for as long as 4 to 5
months, and helps control symptoms of pathological gambling.
Naltrexone is sold under the brand names Revia and Depade, while
an extended-release formulation is sold under the name Vivitrol.