Potential New Addiction Treatment

Potential New Addiction Treatment

Drug for migraines and epilepsy may help cocaine addicts quit.

Researchers are excited about a potential new treatment for cocaine addiction. It's a medicaiton already approved by the FDA to treat epilepsy and migraine headaches.

Now scientists at the University of Maryland say topiramate or Topamax could be the first reliable drug to help treatcocaine dependence.

Their study involved 142 cocaine users who wanted to quit.  Some were given the drug , others received a placebo.

Researchers say addicts who received topiramate used cocaine fewer days during the week. They also had less craving for cocaine and their overall ability to function increased.

Cocaine is responsible for more U.S. emergency room visits than any other illegal drug.

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