Alcohol Cessation Medication

The time has come when you know you need to do something about your excessive drinking. You can't remember portions of the night before, you make it through a days work but just barely and you notice that physically you've never felt unhealthier and worn out.


You need to seek some form of help for your excessive binge drinking but getting into a formal treatment program just won't work for you. You need to know what your options are other than Alcoholics Anonymous; inpatient rehab won't work since you still need to support your family so time off work won't happen. The last thing you want is for your employer to find out you may have a drinking problem.


You believe in yourself so you're confident you can quit drinking on your own just like you were able to quit smoking. It would be nice if you had some kind of assistance, you wish you could just stick on an anti-alcohol patch. It worked the three times you quit smoking…


The results of an online investigation would show the following results.

There are now a number of options for people who want to cut back on their drinking or quit alcohol altogether. New prescription drugs are available that will curb your alcohol cravings. These drugs need to be prescribed by a professional and only after an assessment is made of your condition.


Here is a list of Anti-Craving Medications:

Naltrexone (Oral), Vivitrol (I.M. Depot Naltrexone)
Campral (Acamprosate)
Topamax (Topiramate)
Chantix (varenicline)
Zofran (ondansetron)


Like any drug you take there could be adverse side effects and the anti-craving medications are no different. Although they are FDA approved and safe for most people, an alcoholic really should be monitored while taking these drugs. Any competent health care professional would want to do a medical evaluation and a psychiatric appraisal of the drug recipient in advance of any treatment.


In some cases a patient may need detoxification in which case Librium can be prescribed to help with severe withdrawal symptoms associated with detoxification. Librium is very effective in limiting the adverse effects of your withdrawal, however it is a very potent medication and it's generally a good idea to have it dispensed by someone other than the patient. Once a patient has undergone their detoxification they are in better condition to maintain their anti-craving drug therapy.


The professional may choose to administer a 'package' of these meds to determine the proper course of long term treatment. There may be dosage adjustments and certainly a dialogue with the patient to address any side effects and the overall effectiveness of the meds. Ongoing guidance during this phase of therapy is well advised. So the treatment option using anti-craving drugs will only happen with professional assistance.


For a self treatment approach there are some over the counter (OTC) remedies that have been used with some success according to those who have studied them or tried the OTC method. I don't believe they are for the acute alcoholic by any means but there is certainly a place for a treatment regimen that offers hope for curtailing ones drinking to improve their overall health. If they experience positive results for curbing their alcohol dependence while taking OTC's then so much the better.


Some OTC Medications and Supplements:

Milk Thistle
GABA (Gamma-amino-butyric acid)


Kudzu in particular is becoming more popular as a treatment for curbing excessive drinking in those who have a self manageable condition, they know they need to adjust their drinking patterns and wish to try something on their own before seeking out professional support. Kudzu has been known to cut binge drinking intake by up to half.


Studies have shown that when by giving drinkers an extract of kudzu, there was a definite decrease in the amount of alcohol consumed. An added bonus is that there were no side effects detected in any test subjects. Kudzu is widely available online and may become more popular off the shelf.


Kudzu is grown wild in the southern United States so it is easily available and the Chinese have known of its usefulness since 600 A.D.

Not just any form of kudzu will help you attain the desired results. The proper levels of three key chemicals - Puerarin, Daidzein and Daidzin are essential in curbing your cravings for alcohol.


Kudzu taken with a package of other vitamins and herbs like those listed above can assist the excessive drinker in curtailing their cravings and provide an overall healthier lifestyle and feeling of well being.


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