My therapist has suggested that I take naltrexone for my BED. I told him I would research it and get back to him next week. This appears to be a valid off-label use for naltrexone, and it doesn't appear to have many side effects... however, it looks like bulimic patients need a high does (300-400 mg) which is potentially hazardous to the liver. My questions are for anyone already taking naltrexone for disordered eating. What is your dose? Do you take a long-acting or short-acting version of the drug? What kinds of side effects did you experience? Do you feel like it has helped you with your eating disorder?
I was just prescribed naltrexone for bulimia and I am starting it tomorrow. Have you been taking it for awhile? Does it help with urges and cravings?
21 Aug 2016
My daughter has been on naltrexone for a year and a half now for eating disorder and self harm (cutting). It really has worked wonders for her. She started with 25 mg and went up to 50 mg. The eating disorder is no longer an issue and only one relapse with the urge to cut. I wish you well on your journey ♡
4 Dec 2018
Naltrexone worked like a charm for me! I've been taking it for a month and it has changed my outlook on life. I used to binge eat during the day and/or night. Most recently, it has been just night eating - either eating a great deal after dinner before bed (not with my husband) or in the middle of the night to get back to sleep. I was skipping meals to compensate and this has 'ruled' my life for 50 years! I no longer think about eating 24/7 and have enjoyed eating more regular meals. I actually eat when I'm hungry. This is just my story and I don't know if this works the same way for everyone. Good luck.