Study: Impulse control disorder drug may help gambling addiction

03/9/2006 | MSNBC

The drug nalmefene, designed to treat impulse control disorders and shown to help with alcohol dependence, also may be effective in treating gambling addiction, according to a new study. Of the 73 pathological gamblers who completed the trial, the study indicated that 59% of subjects who were treated with 25 mg of the drug -- a long-acting opioid antagonist -- were "much improved" or "very much improved" after 16 weeks on the drug, compared to only 34% of those in the placebo group.

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