Title

Current Pharmacotherapy for Gambling Disorder: A Systematic Review

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-11-2020

Publication Title

Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy

First page number:

1

Last page number:

10

Abstract

Introduction: Gambling disorder is classified as an addictive disorder and is associated with significant distress and impairment in personal, social, occupational or other important areas of functioning. Although no pharmacotherapy has a formal indication for gambling disorder, data suggest potential benefits of specific medications. Area covered: This systematic review evaluated findings from 19 randomized controlled trials testing pharmacotherapies for the treatment of gambling disorder. Expert opinion: Few randomized controlled trials have studied pharmacotherapies for gambling disorder. Though results are limited, opioid antagonists like naltrexone showed promise in the pharmacological treatment of gambling disorder. Pharmacotherapy combined with psychotherapy treatments for gambling disorder may provide better rates of patient retention in comparison to pharmacology-only treatments, though further research is needed in this area. Future studies should address gaps relating to considerations of racial, ethnic, gender and other individual differences in clinical studies. Because gambling disorder often co-occurs with other psychiatric disorders, additional research is needed to test treatments for dually diagnosed patients.

Keywords

Gambling Disorder; Pharmacotherapy; Systematic Review; Treatment

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Mental Disorders | Psychiatry and Psychology

Language

English

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