Navigation Links
Addiction Meds May Help Gamblers
Date:12/10/2009

Finding shows promise for individualizing treatment, researcher says,,

THURSDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs used to treat substance addictions could prove effective in treating pathological gambling, U.S. researchers say.

They tested medications designed to decrease urges and increase inhibitions in two groups of male and female pathological gamblers: those driven by urge (they gamble when the desire becomes too strong to control) and those who don't have normal inhibition of impulsive behaviors (they're unable to control the desire to gamble even when the urges are minimal or nonexistent).

The first group -- those driven by urge -- responded well to medications that block the brain opioid system (such as naltrexone) or certain receptors for the neurotransmitter glutamate (such as memantine). Gamblers with a family history of the problem responded especially well to the opioid blocker, the study found.

The second group -- those unable to control any impulse to gamble -- responded well to medications that target an enzyme called catechol-O-methyl-transferase (COMT), which plays a major role in the function of the prefrontal cortex.

The study was scheduled to be presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Dec. 6 to 10 in Hollywood, Fla..

"By understanding these different subtypes [of gamblers], we are able to target the core biology of the illness with individualized treatment," study author Dr. Jon Grant, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, said in a news release from the college. "When we look at pathological gambling as an addiction and try to understand the sense of urge and inhibitions, we are able to target the treatment with medication more effectively."

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about problem gambling.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, news release, Dec. 10, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Pathological Gambling May Be Successfully Treated With Medications for Substance Addiction
2. Economic Crisis Causes Acute Demand for Affordable Drug Addiction Treatment
3. The buzz on fruit flies: New role in the search for addiction treatments
4. Study Links Yo-Yo Dieting to Addiction
5. Drug Rehab CT - Mountainside Announces the Appointment of Family Wellness Program Director for its Connecticut Addiction Treatment Center
6. Teens With ADHD, Depression Risk Internet Addiction
7. Cocaine Addiction Vaccine Shows Some Success
8. Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month Celebrated by Narconon Trois-Rivires
9. Veterans Healing Initiative Formed to Help Meet Burgeoning Addiction and Mental Health Issues of Returning U.S. Veterans
10. Gambling Addiction Expert Says Treatment Tops Prohibition
11. Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap (CATG) Statement on Annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health Data Released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... As health professionals work to improve their approach to healthcare, there is ... than filling out a survey; in many cases health professionals and patients are working ... and research on the importance of active engagement with patients and members of the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... PurhealthRX , a ... utilizing Purzorb™ technology. Applying the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD oil will revolutionize the ... a CBD form that can be easily incorporated into liquid products, while reducing costs ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Many families have long-term insurance that covers care for a family ... for care if the client has a cognitive impairment diagnosis. , “What this ... often waived, so the benefits from their insurance start immediately,” said Mechell Vieira, owner ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl ... this week that explains one of the most popular and least understood books in ... like cryptic and puzzling descriptions that have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the United ... the creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, Millie, ... spent thirty years in the Navy. Following his career as a naval aviator ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... , Sept. 27, 2017  Commended for their devotion to ... awards. Ranked as number one in the South Florida Business ... in Inc. 5000 yearly list, the national specialty pharmacy has ... Armando Bardisa will soon be honored by SFBJ as ... Set to receive his award in October, ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... Sept. 25, 2017  EpiVax, Inc., a leader ... and immune-engineering today announced the launch of EpiVax ... of personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax has provided ... access to enabling technologies to the new precision ... lead EpiVax Oncology as Chief Executive Officer. Gad ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... SAN DIEGO , Sept. 22, 2017 ... ll medical device is now successfully helping those with ... Union. Fibromyalgia diagnosed Amanda in ... getting dressed and washing my hair, experiencing no sleep ... body in painful spasm… I cannot recommend [the AVACEN ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: