Advances in the pharmacological treatment of pathological gambling

Jon E. Grant, Suck W Kim, Marc N. Potenza

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In the present paper we discuss the current status of drug treatment for pathological gambling and the scientific rationales underlying the various pharmacological approaches. Specifically, we summarize the treatment study results of serotonin reuptake inhibitors, mood stabilizers, opioid antagonists, and atypical antipsychotics in pathological gambling. We also discuss dosage strategies, the duration of treatment, issues surrounding medication compliance, and approaches to treatment-refractory pathological gambling, such as pharmacological and behavioral augmentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-109
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of gambling studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003


  • Impulse control
  • Pathological gambling
  • Psychopharmacology


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