Annals of Clinical Psychiatry

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 229–231

A Case of Kleptomania and Compulsive Sexual Behavior Treated with Naltrexone

  • Jon E. Grant
  • Suck Won Kim

DOI: 10.1023/A:1014626102110

Cite this article as:
Grant, J.E. & Kim, S.W. Ann Clin Psychiatry (2001) 13: 229. doi:10.1023/A:1014626102110


Objective of this paper was to examine a possible treatment option for two disorders currently lacking agreed upon pharmacotherapeutic interventions. We report a patient fulfilling DSM-IV criteria for kleptomania with comorbid compulsive sexual behavior who failed to respond to fluoxetine, behavioral therapy, and psychotherapy, and who was therefore treated with naltrexone to reduce urges to steal and sexual urges. Treatment with high-dose naltrexone (150 mg/day) led to remission of both the patient's urges to steal and sexual urges. Discontinuation and rechallenge with the medication provides further support that improvement was due to naltrexone. Naltrexone in high doses show promise for the treatment of both kleptomania and compulsive sexual behavior.

kleptomania compulsive sexual behavior naltrexone opioid anatagonists 

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© American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jon E. Grant
    • 1
  • Suck Won Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Minnesota School of MedicineMinneapolis

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