topiramate (Topamax) might be effective for alcohol dependence

There's some preliminary evidence that the anticonvulsant topiramate (Topamax) might be effective for alcohol dependence.

It seems to reduce cravings and help patients stop drinking.

Patients start on 25 mg/day and increase up to 300 mg/day over 8 weeks. It takes about 6 weeks to see a benefit.

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