Epilepsy Drug Holds Promise as Treatment for Alcoholism

  1. http://health.msn.com/centers/mental...1603&gt1=10509

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    tuesday, oct. 9 (healthday news) -- an drug used to treat epileptic seizures could be added to the short list of medications prescribed to help alcoholics control their addiction, a new study suggests.
    the drug topiramate proved measurably better than a placebo at helping alcoholics stay away from heavy drinking, the study authors said."



    hmmmm...interesting.
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  3. by   DaFreak71
    Quote from baptized_by_fire
    http://health.msn.com/centers/mental...1603&gt1=10509

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    tuesday, oct. 9 (healthday news) -- an drug used to treat epileptic seizures could be added to the short list of medications prescribed to help alcoholics control their addiction, a new study suggests.
    the drug topiramate proved measurably better than a placebo at helping alcoholics stay away from heavy drinking, the study authors said."



    hmmmm...interesting.
    is that the same as topamax? if so, i was on that for a period of time. they call it dopamax because it seriously messes with your cognitive abilities. i rather liked it because you couldn't feel anything on it, no depression, no extreme happiness, it was like being in a beautiful neutral zone. until i had to go back to school, lol. i had one instructor come up to me and ask me "omg, did you have a stroke"? yeah, it's that bad. but maybe for some the good will outweigh the bad.
  4. by   BBFRN
    Duh...I didn't put 2 & 2 together on that. You're right- it is Topamax.

    Thanks for the education on that.
    I wonder if that's why it helps with alcoholism- it turns you into a zombie.
  5. by   DaFreak71
    Quote from Baptized_By_Fire
    Duh...I didn't put 2 & 2 together on that. You're right- it is Topamax.

    Thanks for the education on that.
    I wonder if that's why it helps with alcoholism- it turns you into a zombie.
    LOL, maybe that's the whole point?
  6. by   nyapa
    Its an expensive way to give up alcohol.
  7. by   BBFRN
    Yeah, but to compare, Chantix is an expensive way to give up cigarettes. People still say it's worth it if it works for them.
  8. by   PRESLA
    ]Some alcoholics who have no other alternative then death this might be an option.

    Lisa
  9. by   NurseCherlove
    I once heard a psychiatrist call Topamax "Stupomax". However, I have a friend at work who I think takes it and she is probably the brightest nurse on the floor.
  10. by   banditrn
    I've taken it for a long time for my essential tremors, and my grandson takes it for seizures, and I haven't noticed those side effects in either of us.

    I wonder if it depends on what you take it for?
  11. by   teeituptom
    whether its giving up cigarettes or giving up alcohol

    Im amused at the idea of using a chemical to substitute for a chemical to get off a chemical.

    I quit both alcohol and cigarretes

    I did it the only effective way, I just quit. Yes it was tough. But you just quit. No crutches ever again
  12. by   banditrn
    Quote from teeituptom
    whether its giving up cigarettes or giving up alcohol

    Im amused at the idea of using a chemical to substitute for a chemical to get off a chemical.

    I quit both alcohol and cigarretes

    I did it the only effective way, I just quit. Yes it was tough. But you just quit. No crutches ever again
    Tom - I guess I agree about the cigarettes - but the alcohol, no.

    I have a son who is an alcoholic. He decided he could kick it on his own. He came to stay with us because we live in a 'dry' town.
    A few days later he started throwing up, then got a vicious headache. I called my doctor and took him in - they decided he was detoxing and wanted to admit him - which he wouldn't allow, so the doc allowed me to administer Librium and monitor him at home. His symptoms abated within a couple of pills and we followed the doc's protocol.

    He's been booze free for two years. And is building his life back.
  13. by   DaFreak71
    Quote from banditrn
    I've taken it for a long time for my essential tremors, and my grandson takes it for seizures, and I haven't noticed those side effects in either of us.

    I wonder if it depends on what you take it for?
    Some people just react differently to the same medication. I'm glad that you and your grandson don't have the symptoms I experienced. I was on it for depression. The shrink didn't want to prescribe anything else because of the fear of weight gain (I'm chubby). I was rendered dumber than a box of rocks. Seriously, I couldn't remember certain words, reason, or hold a conversation that lasted more than a minute or two. Also, i couldn't recognize my own handwriting. Bizarre huh? :uhoh21:
  14. by   Tweety
    Quote from banditrn
    Tom - I guess I agree about the cigarettes - but the alcohol, no.

    I have a son who is an alcoholic. He decided he could kick it on his own. He came to stay with us because we live in a 'dry' town.
    A few days later he started throwing up, then got a vicious headache. I called my doctor and took him in - they decided he was detoxing and wanted to admit him - which he wouldn't allow, so the doc allowed me to administer Librium and monitor him at home. His symptoms abated within a couple of pills and we followed the doc's protocol.

    He's been booze free for two years. And is building his life back.
    Kudos to your son.

    Many people can quit ETOH on their own, but detoxing can be a dangerous situation with cardiac and neuro complications and sometimes is best managed under the care of an MD, with medication. This is why there are "detox centers" run by MDs, NP's and nurses. For those truly addicted to alcohol, medical supervision, rather than will power is the best and safest way to go.

    We recently lost a patient who was going through DT's.

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