Revia - Vivitrol (naltrexone)

definition of Revia - Vivitrol (naltrexone): This medication may be prescribed for autistic children to help improve ability to socialize and make eye contact, and also to help reduce pain sensitivity, self-injury behaviors, and repetitive behaviors. Revia® is indicated for people who are trying to stop an addiction to alcohol or opioids (e.g., morphine or heroin). This drug is an opioid antagonist, so it binds to opioid receptors and blocks the binding of alcohol or other drugs to the receptors, thus blocking the opiates from having an effect so the person will stop their addiction. Some children with autism have higher than normal levels of beta-endorphins in their nervous system, and naltrexone can lower beta-endorphin levels. An extended release injectable form is also available and is called Vivitrol®.

Pediatric Psychiatrist

The Pharmacologic Treatment of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity in Autism

Some medications may improve attention spans and decrease hyperactivity in people with autism.

Kolevzon A.  2009.  The Pharmacologic Treatment of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity in Autism. Primary Psychiatry. 16(1):55-60.