This is the third part in a series listing the medications that may be prescribed to support recovery from alcoholism, illicit drug abuse, or the misuse of prescription medications.
DISCLAIMER: This list is presented for information only. Before taking ANY medication, talk to your personal physician about your substance use to determine what actions are right for you.
- Disulfiram (Antabuse) – This abstinence-only aversion medication makes users extremely sick if they consume ANY amount of alcohol, producing violent effects in as little as five minutes. It works the best when supervised. Though less well-studied, it may help patients remain abstinent from cocaine.
- Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) – Along with vitamin B12 and thiamine, this vitamin may help ease depression during alcohol recovery.
- Gabapentin (Neurontin) – This non-opioid medication is typically prescribed for neuropathic pain, seizures, and anxiety. However, it has also been shown to support recovery from alcohol by increasing the number of days that patients can remain completely alcohol-free and decreasing the frequency of heavy drinking on non-abstinent days.
- Methadone (Methadose) – This is one of the three FDA-approved medications used for opiate addiction. When used to treat addiction, needs to be dispensed from a special, licensed facility. Has been shown to reduce disability and death from addiction.
- Mirtazapine (Remeron) – When prescribed “off-label”, this antidepressant may reduce amphetamine use. Among test animals given mirtazapine, methamphetamine-seeking behaviors decreased 50%. Interestingly, it also may curb risky sexual behaviors associated with meth addiction, though this is not a well-studied.
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