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Which medications treat alcoholism?

Howard J. Shaffer, PhD
Addiction Medicine
Some Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications for treating alcohol abuse include:
  • Acamprosate (Campral): Reduces unpleasant effects associated with abstaining from alcohol.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse): Causes unpleasant effects (nausea, vomiting, flushing, and others) from drinking alcohol.
  • Naltrexone (Depade, ReVia, Vivitrol): Reduces pleasurable effects of alcohol; reduces cravings.

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