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Release: April 23, 2002

People with gambling problems invited to participate in UI study

People who are problem gamblers -- whose gambling is out of control and leading to personal distress and/or marital, legal and financial difficulties -- are invited to participate in a University of Iowa Health Care treatment study. The study will examine the effectiveness of the drug nalmefene in treating pathological gambling. Some participants may receive a placebo (inactive medication).

Participants must be age 18 or older and cannot be depressed or abusing alcohol or drugs. Participants must be able to read and write English. Women must not be pregnant or planning to get pregnant during the study period. Study participation involves a total of 10 visits to the UI over four months. The first visit includes a physical examination. The nine follow-up visits involve assessment of the participant's gambling and other problems as well as a discussion of the medication and its side effects.

For more information, contact the study's lead investigator, Donald W. Black, M.D., UI professor of psychiatry, at (319) 353-4431.


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