Definitions for "Naltrexone"
Prescription medication used to treat alcoholism. Naltrexone is intended to block the craving for alcohol and the pleasure of getting high.
This drug blocks brain cell receptors for opioids, natural opium-like substances produced by the body which may be abnormally high in autism. In a series of studies on this drug, the self-injury and social withdrawal of autistic persons was reduced significantly (Walters, Barrett, Feinstein, Mercurio, & Hole, 1990). Some investigators have found children on naltrexone had better eye contact and social behaviour as well as less aggression and stereotypical behaviours. Also see opioid related theories.
an oral antagonist against the action of opiates