Now a pill to cure alcoholism?

Reply Mon 8 Dec, 2008 01:20 am
Dr. Olivier Ameisen, claims in his book, Le Dernier Verre (The Last Glass), that the muscle relaxant bacloflen suppressed his craving for alcohol, curing his alcoholism.
A top cardiologist in France, and doctor to a former French PM, Ameisen has called for clinical trials to verify his bold claim, while causing some in the field to accuse him of irresponsibility for suggesting alcoholism can be cured by a pill, although other pills are in the works.


Report in today's Independent: Has this doctor discovered a cure for alcoholism?

BBC: France abuzz over alcoholic "cure"

Wikipedia: Baclofen

Website, in French http://olivierameisen.e-monsite.com/accueil.html
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Reply Wed 17 Dec, 2008 07:02 pm
Are you surprised about this?

I'll be so relaxed, I won't crave a drink?

- or -

I'm so relaxed that I can't open the bottle.

Movement from one addiction to another, I'd say.

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Reply Wed 17 Dec, 2008 07:42 pm
basic muscle relaxers are not addictive. But i see your point.

MIL was on a pill too. One she was supposed to take once a day, that made her body throw up if it had alcohol.
She took it a total of two days.

I dont know what it was, nor do I know if it would have worked long term... but this isnt the first pill "out there" for alcoholics. ...Unless the pill MIl was given just happened to , by pure chance, have that side effect..
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