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Drugs to Aid Alcoholics Are Ignored

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"Two medications could help tens of thousands of alcoholics quit drinking, yet the drugs are rarely prescribed to patients, researchers reported on Tuesday.

The medications, naltrexone and acamprosate, reduce cravings for alcohol by fine-tuning the brain’s chemical reward system. They have been approved for treating alcoholism for over a decade. But questions about their efficacy and a lack of awareness among doctors have resulted in the drugs’ being underused, the researchers said."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/14/health/effective-drugs-to-curb-alcoholism-are-ignored-study-finds.html?_r=0

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