Baclofen Called Miracle Treatment For Alcoholism
New trial results released last week further suggest that the drug baclofen may help heavy drinkers control their alcohol use, or even stop drinking all together. However, previous study results suggest that the drug works no better than counseling, and it may be too early to prescribe high doses of this drug without more evidence proving its effectiveness, Medical Xpress reported.
Results released last week showed that individuals given baclofen drank less alcohol than individuals given a placebo. This evidence showed that 57 percent of heavy drinkers who were given the drug were able to decrease their alcohol consumption, as opposed to only 37 percent of those given a placebo. Another trial, also reported last week, showed that people who got the drug were able to drink less than people who got a placebo, Medical Xpress reported.
In both trials, volunteers did not know if they were given baclofen or a placebo, and they were not asked to consciously cut down on their drinking. Due to these positive results, Ethypharm, the company who developed baclofen, announced that they will submit an application to the French government to allow the commercialization of the drug for the treatment of alcoholism in France.