Dr Kim Le recently presented a webinar on gaming disorder to pharmacists from South Australia and the Northern Territory. As part of the talk, he presented an article on the use of medication to treat gaming disorder in addition to practical strategies he uses day to day with his patients.
Here are some of the testimonials from the audience:
The article he cited was a comparative study: bupropion Vs escitalopram
- 119 adolescents and adults with IGD
- 6 weeks in three groups (bupropion group, escitalopram group), and control
- Escitalopram & bupropion group > improvement on all clinical symptom scales compared to the observation group
- Potential important role for bupropion treatment in addressing maladaptive behaviors of gaming addiction
- Reduced direct symptoms, >activities of daily living, less impulsivity, inattention, and mood problems
- bupropion group >improvement on scores for:
*Clinical Global Impression-Severity Scale
*Young Internet Addiction Scale
*ADHD Rating Scale
*Behavioral Inhibition Scale
- Noradrenergic action <impulsivity
- Dopaminergic action <urges, could potentially replace dopamine from games?
- “observation group declined treatment” just wanted Ax, no placebo
- open trial
- only male volunteers
- Only 6 weeks
- past studies with escitalopram did not show success at follow up with IGD
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Song, J., Park, J. H., Han, D. H., Roh, S., Son, J. H., Choi, T. Y., … & Lee, Y. S. (2016). Comparative study of the effects of bupropion and escitalopram on I nternet gaming disorder. Psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, 70(11), 527-535.