Gabapentin Treatment for Alcohol Dependence (JAMA Internal Medicine)

November 8th, 2013

The pharmaceutical drug Gabapentin, most commonly prescribed to treat epilepsy and some neuropathic pain, can also help individuals with alcohol dependence abstain from drinking, a new study concludes.

The 12-week study of 150 alcohol-dependent participants found that gabapentin (particularly the 1800-mg dosage) was effective in treating alcohol dependence and relapse-related symptoms of insomnia, dysphoria, and craving, with a favorable safety profile.

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