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Problem solved? The New Anti-Addiction Pill

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The search for pharmacology to treat addiction is not new. There are a handful of drugs, some developed as far back as the mid-1900’s, others in the last decade or so, that are being used to help addicts quit. For example heroin addiction, there’s Methadone and Buprenorphine, both of which bind to and activate opioid receptors in the brain. For alcohol, Antabuse, which makes people physically ill if they drink, has been on the market since 1948, although it isn’t widely used.

Naltrexone is just one of the drugs which is used to stop alcoholism. Although Naltrexone was originally developed for treating opioid addiction, in 1994, the drug was approved for the treatment of alcohol dependence.

Last April, The F.D.A. approved an injectable, longer lasting form of Naltrexone called Vivitrol. However, it is a dispute whether or not the treatment will work since Vivitrol is only available as a monthly injection which must be performed by a doctor. This makes the treatment both costly and inconvenient.

“The biggest thrill is that this drug, which has already proved safe for people trying to stop smoking, is now a potential drug to fight alcohol dependence,” said Selena Bartlett, a University of California, San Francisco neuroscientist who led the study. Details appear this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pfizer provided the drug for the study, but was not otherwise involved in the research.

For many, the thought of an Anti-Addiction pill is a huge step forward in the fight against addiction, but we must remember the most important part of overcoming any sort of an addiction in the inner want and need to change. Because without this, no pill will ever overcome.

Written by Daniel

January 28, 2009 at 8:00 am

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  1. An anti-addiction pill would certainly be a blessing. Check out other posts about addiction and recovery at http://www.inrecoveryblog.com


    January 28, 2009 at 1:43 pm

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