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19 Sep 2006

Treatment for the bulimia Nervosa Suffer
Naloxone apparently 'supresses the consumption of carbohydrate foods' and aids in the recovery of the bulimic patient untill she is ready and strong enough to live a normal life.I read this information in a medical journal about new research.Other than the usual treatment of anti -depressants and a therapist ,naloxone could provide additional support.What can you tell me about the drug naloxone, under what name can I find it in South Africa and do you know about other treatments that have shown to be successful in helping the bulimic patient? Please help.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Pixie
I have checked in my copy of the SA MDR which lists all the medications currently available in SA, including their chemical names and I found a product called Narcan, which contains Naloxone and is produced by Sanofi-Synthelabo. According to the MDR this drug is used to reverse opioid depression. It is administered by injection when a patient has ingested an overdose of opioids, possibly after surgery. There is no mention if its used in bulimia. I would suggest that you discuss this medication with the dr who is treating your bulimia. The listed side-effects include seizures, cardiac arrest, hypo- and hypertension, and irregular heartbeats. This is a schedule 4 drug that only drs may prescribe and it sounds quite risky to use it. So talk to your dr.
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