Baclofen for alcohol withdrawal: a placebo-controlled randomized multiple dose study
Alcohol-use disorder is a major public health issue. The current gold standard for the prevention and treatment of the alcohol withdrawal syndrome is diazepam, a GABA-A agonist. Because of side effects like high sedation, risk of respiratory depression, addictive properties and liver impairment, an alternative pharmacological treatment option is desirable. Baclofen is a GABA-B agonist, prescribed for the treatment of spasticity. More recently, it’s off label use has found its place in the management of alcohol-use disorder because of its anti-craving properties. Given its effects on the GABA system and it lacking the negative aspects of diazepam, baclofen could be a viable treatment alternative in managing alcohol withdrawal. This controlled study investigates two dose levels of baclofen (30 and 60 mg/day) compared to diazepam in patients seeking treatment for alcohol withdrawal.
Datum laatste wijziging: 01/07/2021
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