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Medical Treatments for Alcoholism

Science has yet to develop a magic pill to cure alcoholism, but there are some drugs that will help reduce cravings and benefit those who are sincerely trying to quit drinking and want treatment for alcoholism or addiction.
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  2. Naltrexone (2)

Using Antabuse to Maintain Sobriety
Antabuse, also known as disulfiram, was the first medication approved for helping problem drinkers quit drinking.

Medications for Alcoholism Treatment
There are currently only three medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence or alcoholism.

Campral - Treatment for Alcoholism
Campral (acamprosate calcium) is the most recent medication approved for the treatment of alcohol dependence or alcoholism in the United States -- approved by the Food and Drug Administration in July 2004 -- but it has been used widely in Europe for many years.

Naltrexone - Treatment for Alcoholism and Addiction
Naltrexone is an opioid receptor antagonist used primarily in the management of alcohol dependence and opioid addiction. Naltrexone hydrochloride is sold as the brand name Revia and Depade. An extended-release form of Naltrexone is marketed in some countries under the trade name Vivitrol.

Antabuse Treatment for Alcoholism
Antabuse, or disulfiram as it is also known, was the first medicine approved for the treatment of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.

Chantix May Help Heavy Drinkers Cut Down
A medication used mostly to help people quit smoking has been found helpful in helping drinkers cut back on how much they consume.

Implant Alcohol Treatment Popular Among Professional Women
Professional women who drink secretly at home and do not wish to harm their reputations by seeking traditional alcohol treatment are turning to clinics in Eastern Europe which offer an implant treatment not available in the USA or the U.K.

Is There Medication That Will Reduce Alcohol Craving?
Many drinkers who have become alcohol dependent then try to quit experience not only withdrawal symptoms but also report having cravings for alcohol.

Can Kudzu Curb Binge Drinking?
Scientists have discovered that one kudzu extract can help drinkers cut back the number of drinks they consume and slow down the speed at which they drink.

FDA Approves Acamprosate for Treatment of Alcoholism
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the drug acamprosate for treating alcohol dependent individuals seeking to continue to remain alcohol-free after they have stopped drinking.

Long-Term Antabuse Treatment Shows Big Results
A nine-year study of chronic alcoholics in Europe, where alcohol-deterrent drugs such as disulfiram (Antabuse) and calcium carbimide (Temposil) are more widely used than in the United States, shows that the psychological effects of long-term treatment can produce abstinence rates of more than 50 percent.

Finally, A Pill for Alcoholism?
In what is being called a major scientific advance and a landmark discovery which could change the direction of alcoholism treatment, scientists have found that an anti-seizure drug is highly effective in helping alcohol-dependent individuals stop drinking.

Ondansetron May Reduce Craving
A drug currently used to fight nausea in cancer patients may help the hardest-to-treat alcoholics reduce their drinking.

Alcoholism in the 21st Century
Although science hopes to develop medications for the prevention and treatment of alcoholism, communities already have available many tools to help.

Acamprosate - No Magic Bullet
A Federal Drug Administration review panel has ruled a drug used in Europe for 15 years to treat alcoholism effective but it's still no magic bullet that will keep alcoholics sober.

Rapid Detox - No Magic Pill
Researchers continue to seek a magic pill that can instantly cure alcoholics and addicts, but one new process has found itself in the midst of growing controversy.

Rehab Program Drop Outs
Men and women who remain in alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs throughout a full year have entirely different motivations for doing so.

Training the Trainers
Because most healthcare professionals fail to recognize or treat classic symptoms, the U.S. Government is launching a program to help medical school faculties train their students to recognize substance abuse.

Undiagnosed - Ignoring the Symptoms
Nine out of ten primary care physicians fail to correctly diagnose alcohol abuse even when their patients present classic early symptoms.

Anti-Nicotine Drug Could Help Alcoholics
A new study has found that mecamylamine reduces the self-reported stimulant and euphoric effects of alcohol in humans, and also decreases their desire to drink more.

Video Doctor Is Always In
The video doctor, a computer-based multimedia program to help real doctors reduce smoking and alcohol use among their patients, is unobtrusive and patient friendly.

Biochemical Restoration
A new approach has been developed at the Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis in which alcoholism is treated as a physical disease.

Campral Now Available for Alcoholism Treatment
Forest Laboratories makes Campral available to physicians, patients and pharmacies throughout the United States to help maintain abstinence from alcohol by restoring the chemical balance disrupted in the brain by long-term, excessive drinking.

Research Examines Acamprosate's Effects on Drinkers
New findings, in conjunction with previous research, indicate that acamprosate should be safe to take when people are drinking, and should not make them want to drink more or behave differently over and above the effects of alcohol alone.

Type A Alcoholics Respond Well to Zoloft
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine research finds that Type A alcoholics had a better treatment response to a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) called sertraline than did Type B alcoholics.

Vivitrol - Treating Alcoholism and Addiction with Vivitrol
Vivitrol - Treating Alcoholism and Addiction with Vivitrol

Topiramate Effective for Reducing Alcohol Consumption
Topiramate, currently used to treat epilepsy and migraines, has also been shown to be effective for reducing alcohol consumption and treating cocaine addiction.

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