Epilepsy Drug to Treat Alcoholism?

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A medication to treat seizures may also help reduce the desire to drink for alcoholics, according to newly published results in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Potiga (ezogabine; GlaxoSmithKline) is indicated as an adjunctive treatment for partial-onset seizures in patients ≥18yrs old and was approved by the FDA in 2011. The use of ezogabine to treat alcoholism is off-label and appears to work in this capacity by opening a potassium channel in the brain (Kv7) that controls brain activity in areas thought to regulate the rewarding effects of alcohol. Follow-up research is needed to determine how ezogabine and Kv7 channels interact and to evaluate the full effects of the drug.

Epilepsy Drug to Treat Alcoholism?
Epilepsy Drug to Treat Alcoholism?
A relatively new anti-seizure drug may help alcoholics quit drinking, according to a new study. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine found that ezogabine had strong potential to reduce alcohol consumption amongst alcoholics by reducing the desire to drink. Knapp summarized the ...

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