October 9, 2007
Could a drug designed to prevent seizures and migraines also help people battle alcohol addiction?
One doctor at UVA medical center seems to believe so.
Dr. Bankole Johnson tested patients who were severely alcohol dependent and after only the second week of the 14-week study, many in the group had lowered their alcohol intake.
He is now hoping that this drug will help save the lives of many who are losing their lives to alcohol.
"You go to your doctor, you say I'm drinking, I'm in trouble, alcohol is tearing my family apart I need the drug. The doctor gives you the drug right there and then. I think this is a remarkable shift in paradigm from what has been going on previously in alcohol dependents treatment," said Dr. Johnson.
IF you're interested in more information on the drug, Topiramate, just contact the UVA Center for Addiction Research and Education at 434-243-0549.