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What medication can I take for alcohol dependency if I have liver disease?

Howard J. Shaffer, PhD
Addiction Medicine
Baclofen (Lioresal) is a muscle relaxant, which might be a choice for treating alcohol dependence in some people. Heavy alcohol intake is a leading cause of liver disease; however, many of the currently available anti-craving medications cannot be used in people with liver disease for fear of further damage. A small study published in The Lancet indicated that baclofen reduced alcohol cravings in people with cirrhosis of the liver without harming the liver.

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