Opioid antagonists are morphine-like substances which can be used to block the effect of endorphins in our central nervous system. Endorphins are the substances in our bodies which produce ‘highs’ in mood, such as when we exercise vigorously.
Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist used to treat conditions such as alcohol dependence and opioid dependence. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist used to counter the effects of opioid overdose.
Some people believe that naltrexone can be used with some individuals with autism spectrum disorders to reduce behaviours such as self injury, hyperactivity and ritualistic behaviour.
We are currently reviewing the research evidence on the use of opioid antagonists for people with autism to determine their effectiveness.
If you are aware of any such research, or you would like to share your personal experiences of using opioid antagonists, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.Disclaimer
Last Updated : 26/03/2013 Back to Top