Over-the-counter nicotine patches and prescription drugs can help cigarette smokers kick the habit, but many people are not aware that there are drugs that can help curb one’s desire to drink alcohol. One reason is because the drugs are rarely prescribed, researchers say. Both acamprosate (Campral) and naltrexone (Revia) are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – along with support from groups or psychological counseling – to help people avoid alcohol. Two other drugs – the painkiller nalmefene (Selincro) and the anti-seizure medication topiramate (Topamax) – are also occasionally prescribed off-label to treat alcohol addiction. “Most people with ... Read More
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