Drug Shown to Help Alcoholics with Withdrawal Symptoms

A drug once used to treat high blood pressure can help alcoholics with withdrawal symptoms reduce or eliminate their drinking, according to Yale University researchers. In a double-blind study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers gave the drug prazosin or a placebo to 100 people entering outpatient treatment after being diagnosed with alcohol use disorder. All the patients had experienced varying degrees of withdrawal symptoms prior to entering treatment.

According to the researchers, subjects with more severe symptoms — including shakes, heightened cravings and anxiety, and difficulty sleeping — who received prazosin significantly reduced the number of heavy drinking episodes and days they drank compared to those who received a placebo. The drug had little effect on those with few or no withdrawal symptoms.

Read more on what researchers found: https://news.yale.edu/2020/11/19/drug-eases-recovery-those-severe-alcohol-withdrawal

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