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Doctor insights on: Alcohol Cravings

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Is there any medicine besides campral that helps with alcohol cravings?

Is there any medicine besides campral that helps with alcohol cravings?

Yes: Naltrexone helps with cravings and comes in pill or an injection that lasts 30 days. Other meds that have also shown some promise are topamax, (topiramate) baclofen, neurontin, odansetron, bases on genetics, some people respond to certain meds better than others. All can help if motivated and getting other support. ...Read more

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Benn prescribed resperidone and ativan for psycosis and topamax (topiramate) for alcohol craving, is this combination bad?

Benn prescribed resperidone and ativan for psycosis and topamax (topiramate) for alcohol craving, is this combination bad?

Except ativan (lorazepam): Risperidone is a very effective medicine for psychosis . Topmax is found to be a very promising drug for the treatment of alcohol addiction . Ativan (lorazepam) can be used only for prevention if alcohol withdrawal not for treatment purpose . We tend to avoid any benzodiazepines in people with alcohol abuse history because the combination is dangerous ...Read more

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Is there any type of drug to stop you craving alcohol ?

Is there any type of drug to stop you craving alcohol ?

Yes, but . . .: There are medications that can help with alcohol craving, but it's most important to have a frank discussion with your doctor about treatments for this. Try to be open-minded about options and avoid anchoring on the idea of using one drug to stop another. "Behavioral therapies", such as Alcoholics Anonymous, are cheap, readily available, and show long-term effectiveness. Discuss with doctor. ...Read more

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Always craving alcohol, but I don't drink. Why is that?

You felt differently: Apparently, alcohol made you feel differently - possibly, calmer, more relaxed, disinhibited. He also possible, that you have a problem with blood sugar regulation: alcohol is an easy fuel, even easier then a carbohydrate. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I get medical treatment to stop craving alcohol?

Can I get medical treatment to stop craving alcohol?

Yes: 1. Aa helps, even though is not ideal. 2. There are many reasons people crave alcohol. Are you anxious? Blood sugar regulation problem? I treat patients with medications, but you can find in the literature that vitamins and supplements also help: vit b1, b3, b6, b12; magnesium, 5-htp, kudzu, etc etc etc. Talk to the doctor. ...Read more

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Has anyone taking antidepressants had new craving alcohol?

Has anyone taking antidepressants had new craving alcohol?

See your doctor !: Antidepressants are relatively safe these days. Complications should be promptly evaluated. You may be in the wrong medication or being treated for the wrong condition. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do while having a craving for alcohol?

What is the best thing to do while having a craving for alcohol?

If you have an : Alcohol problem - encourage you to become involved in alcoholics anonymous. Call your sponsor if you have cravings. Read from the big book. Call someone on your support phone tree. An addiction medicine specialist may prescribe medications to decrease symptoms. Auricular acupuncture reduces alcohol cravings. If you have a behavioral health provider let them know about your struggle. ...Read more

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How do people overcome cravings for alcohol?

How do people overcome cravings for alcohol?

Many strategies: In addition to dr. Blixt's fine suggestions, avoiding sugar & taking high doses of vitamins b1, b3 and b6 can be very helpful. Those who crave alcohol usually have hereditary metabolic imbalances & often are also addicted to sugar, caffeine & tobacco. They are often depressed. It is important to address these issues as well. The vitamin cure for alcoholism by abram hoffer md is a great resource. ...Read more

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How long does it take naltrexone to start working to cure cravings for alcohol?

Naltrexone: You might see response as early as a few days but it could take up to a couple weeks to begin seeing the effect. It could take a month or two to obtain the full benefit. If you are having issues with craving in the meantime, consider getting ear acupuncture. It is powerful in blocking cravings. ...Read more

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