Journal of Addiction and Dependence
Rapid effect of naltrexone in the treatment of trichotillomania
- 1Professor of Psychiatry, Substance Abuse Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
- 2Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia
Jamshid Ahmadi, Professor of Psychiatry, Founder and Director, Substance Abuse Research Center; Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran, Tel/Fax: 98-71-3627 93 19; E-mail: Jamshid_Ahmadi@yahoo.com
Ahmadi, J. Rapid Effect of Naltrexone in the Treatment of Trichotillomania in a Man with Opioid Use Disorder. (2017) J Addict Depend 3(2): 1- 6.
© 2017 Ahmadi, J. This is an Open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Background: Trichotillomania is not a public disease.
Objective: To scrutinize the function of naltrexone in the treatment of trichotillomania.
Case report: In this report, we present a case of chronic trichotillomania with opioid induced depressive disorder in a 35 year old male. He was successfully treated by administering naltrexone 25 mg per day for one week without any side effects. We observed that 25 mg of naltrexone per day has a rapid effect in reduction and cessation of chronic trichotillomania.
Results: Naltrexone could be valuable in the treatment of trichotillomania.
Discussion: This work points out that naltrexone may be effective in the treatment of trichotillomania. Therefore this finding could be an original and new addition to the literature.
Conclusions: This study resulted in efficacy of naltrexone in the management of trichotillomania. However, we require a larger sample size to be able to generalize this finding.