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Francie
Hi Everyone,
Has anyone heard of using Naltrexone to control Binge / Purge urges? My D was recently prescribed this drug -- a small dailay dose -- and it seems to be helping. Naltrexone and the mandate that if she purges, she's going to the hospital.

Thank you.

Francie

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scaredmom
Yes there is quite a bit of research on this going back to 1990's. It works on the the "addiction" centre in the brain (also for alcohol addiction). Very promising at low doses.
I am glad she is doing well on it. 
Please keep us updated on this as people need to know. It may be an option for them too.
Thanks for posting about it.

XXX
When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
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mjkz
Hey Francie, my daughter tried this too and found it very helpful.  She said she still had the urges but purging did nothing for her-the reward part was gone. 

I would warn you though to make sure she carries a card or something on her that says she is on Naltrexone because if she has an accident or something, no narcotic painkillers will work while on Naltrexone.  My daughter had her bottom wisdom teeth pulled while on Naltrexone and it was horrific.  I've never seen the kid in so much pain and nothing worked to relieve it. She ended up going off and refusing to go back on.  Depending on the dose, it can take 12-24 hours to wear off.  That was just one specific instance where things went really wrong but she does need to have a medic alert type card in her wallet in case something comes up that she needs painkillers.  Whoever treats her say in an emergency room setting will really need to know she is on it.

Having said that, I would have pushed my daughter to go back on if her purging got out of control again.  It worked so well for her where nothing else seemed to work.
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Francie
Hi friends, just to update. My d is now going off of Naltrexone after about 30-45 days on it. She says it hasn't helped, AND, her blood tests are disturbing regarding how it is affecting her liver function, so it's deemed that she needs to come off of it. I'll report back if there's any further news. XO

Francie

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scaredmom
Hi francie 
thanks for the update. I am sorry it is not helping. Please keep us posted.
XXX
When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
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Francie
Hi All - I should clarify: it was helpful, it was just felt that it is not needed to be continued at this time.

As with any drug, it was felt that the side effects do not override the benefits at this time. The brief use of Naltrexone definitely did help her break a frightening cycle of b/p behaviors. XO

Francie

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