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, 11 (8), e5320

Role of Naltrexone in Improving Compulsive Drinking in Psychogenic Polydipsia


Role of Naltrexone in Improving Compulsive Drinking in Psychogenic Polydipsia

Sukaina Rizvi et al. Cureus.


Psychogenic polydipsia or self-induced water intoxication is a potentially lethal condition seen in many chronic psychiatric patients. This is a literature review based on therapeutic significance of Naltrexone in improving compulsive water drinking behavior in chronic psychiatrically ill patients with psychogenic polydipsia. Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist approved by FDA for alcohol dependence. Extensive literature search provides a line of evidence that suggests correlation of opioid receptor with compulsive water ingestion in animals. However, there is limited data regarding clinical utility of naltrexone in improving psychogenic polydipsia in human species. This review highlights the necessity for further research and trials to elucidate the role of naltrexone in human psychogenic drinking behavior.

Keywords: compulsive drinking; naltrexone; opioid receptor; psychogenic polydipsia; schizophrenia.

Conflict of interest statement

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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