DRUG therapy to help patients reduce or stop drinking

There's growing interest in using DRUG therapy to help patients reduce or stop drinking.

Only two medications are currently approved for alcoholism...disulfiram and naltrexone. But several others are now being tested.

Disulfiram (Antabuse) helps deter drinking...but it doesn't reduce the desire to drink. Unpleasant alcohol reactions can occur up to 2 weeks after patients stop the drug.

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