Alcoholism is complicated disorder, and it can be difficult to overcome without proper treatment. You may have heard about the use of pills or medications to get past alcohol cravings. Below are the different medications used to treat alcoholism and an alternative to medication therapy.
Antabuse to Fight Alcoholism
Antabuse is one of the oldest medications used to fight alcoholism. When most people think about using drugs to treat alcohol cravings, they think of Antabuse (also known as Disulfiram). Antabuse works by causing a terrible reaction if the person drinks alcohol. Nausea, vomiting and severe flu-like symptoms will strike the drinker who is on Antabuse. It works by making the drinker sick, if he or she takes a sip of alcohol. The major drawback of Antabuse is that an alcoholic who desires to drink can simply skip taking the prescription.
Naltrexone to Fight Alcoholism
Naltrexone (also known as Trexan, ReVia or Depade) has only been on the market in recent decades. Naltrexone can be used for both alcohol addiction and some other drug abuse problems. Naltrexone acts as an opiate blocker in the body. It blocks the euphoric effects of alcohol or other drugs such as morphine, heroin, OxyContin and others which may help reduce cravings. Naltrexone can cause nausea, mood changes, stomach problems or insomnia. Some people do not like this drug or will not take this drug because of the severe side effects.
Campral to Fight Alcoholism
Campral (also known as Acamprosate) has only recently been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Campral works to minimize alcohol withdrawal symptoms and is a much milder drug than Naltrexone or Antabuse.
An Alternative to Drugs for Alcohol Addiction Recovery
Every anti-alcohol drug works differently. It is up to you and your doctor to make a decision about what will work best in your situation. Keep in mind that these drugs do not work alone and are not a “cure.” You must seek rehab treatment, detox and professional addiction counseling to ensure that your addiction is treated completely.
We can help you find medicated and non-medicated options for alcoholism recovery. When you call our toll-free helpline, you will be connected directly with an experienced addiction professional that can help you learn more about your options. We can even help you arrange insurance coverage for rehab care, find counseling for you or your family or locate a professional interventionist if needed. All calls are confidential, and we are here 24 hours a day. You have nothing to lose by talking with us; call now.