Japanese Researchers Develop New Drug That can Help Addicts Quit Alcohol

by Kathy Jones on  December 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM General Health News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

Japanese researchers claim to have developed a new drug that can help hard-drinking Japanese addicts to quit alcohol.
 Japanese Researchers Develop New Drug That can Help Addicts Quit Alcohol
Japanese Researchers Develop New Drug That can Help Addicts Quit Alcohol

While conventional drugs discourage drinking by causing unpleasant symptoms, such as palpitations, nausea and headaches, after alcohol consumption, new drug- Regtect- improves the chemical balance in the brain to suppress a patient's craving, the Japan Times reported.

Susumu Higuchi, director of the National Hospital Kurihama Alcoholism Center, hopes that the new drug will help Japanese drinkers quit alcohol.

Alcohol dependence is a mental disease that can cause serious health problems, including liver, pancreas and brain damage.

A clinical test of Regtect involving about 320 patients in Japan found that after 24 weeks of use, nearly half achieved abstinence, compared with 36 percent in the placebo group.

However, it does have some side effects, including diarrhea, which are considered as manageable.

Source: ANI

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

Related Links

More News on:

Alcoholic Liver Disease Drug Toxicity Clinical Trials - Different Phases of the trial Cannabis Drug Abuse Alcohol and Driving Bubbles and Brews - Alcohol Facts Signature Drug Toxicity Pancreatitis Alcohol Addiction and Women 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive