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How effective is baclofen in treating craving/alcoholism?

  1. fluidistic

    fluidistic 3,310
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    I've read a bit about baclofen and how a doctor (who died of heart attack 1 or 2 days ago) cured himself of craving and alcoholism thanks to baclofen.
    I also know there have been a few studies on it but I don't really know how well it can cure alcoholism. Does it work for most alcoholics for example? How many percents, approximately?
     
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  3. Evo

    Staff: Mentor

    Perhaps this is what you are looking for.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3540966/

    I don't know that it cures alcoholism, but apparently it helps as long as the person is on the medication.
     
  4. fluidistic

    fluidistic 3,310
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  5. tiny-tim

    tiny-tim 26,054
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    here's a cautionary story from yesterday's london evening standard about someone who self-medicated with internet baclofen, and committed suicide while trying to withdraw from it :redface:
     
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