Naltrexone treatment in kleptomanic patients

Pinhas N. Dannon, Iulian Iancu, Leon Grunhaus

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Kleptomania is an impulse control disorder and that can be treated with the combination of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. The most common drug regimens include antidepressants, especially SSRIs and mood stabilizers. However, the low efficacy rates with these drugs urge research for new treatment regimens. Natrexone, an opioid receptor antagonist, which has been used in the treatment of substance abuse and impulse control disorders, may be also useful in the treatment of kleptomania. In this study we report two kleptomanic patients successfully treated with naltrexone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-585
Number of pages3
JournalHuman Psychopharmacology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Impulse control
  • Kleptomania
  • Naltrexone
  • SSRIs


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