Medication Supported Recovery

Medications to Treat Alcoholism   

Campral (Acamprosate)
Appears to modulate/normalize alcohol-disrupted brain activity, particularly in the GABA and glutamate neurotransmitter systems. Acamprosate has not been shown to work in people who are still actively drinking alcohol.

Naltrexone
Blocks opioid receptors, resulting in reduced craving and reward in response to drinking alcohol.

  Vivitrol

 Long acting injectible form of Naltrexone that is
 administered monthly.          

      Antabuse (Disulfiram)
Inhibits intermediate metabolism of alcohol, causing a build-up of acetaldehyde and a reaction of flushing, sweating, nausea, and chest pain if a patient drinks alcohol.

Topamax (Topiramate) 
Currently under investigation.  Topamax is an anti-seizure medication that works through multiple brain systems, including GABA and glutamate. In clinical trials, it has been found to reduce alcohol cravings.

**Medication supported treatment utilizing any prescription medication should be done only as prescribed and monitored by a licensed physician.  Nothing contained in this website should be considered medical advice.  Please consult your physician.

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