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FDA-Approved Drug Shows Promise As Alcoholism Treatment

Posted Jan 11 2011 7:23pm

A medication commonly prescribed as a muscle relaxant shows promise as a potential treatment for alcoholism, based on a study in rats by researchers at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

Chlorzoxazone, an FDA-approved drug, significantly decreased alcohol consumption in a rat model of heavy drinking, said lead author Woody Hopf, PhD, an associate investigator at Gallo and an assistant adjunct professor of neurology at UCSF.

The study appeared online in Biological Psychiatry (Jan. 3, 2011).

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