Stuart Kloda, MD Uses Baclofen To Treat Alcohol Addiction
NEW YORK, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Baclofen is a medication that can be used for the treatment of addiction to alcohol. It is a medication that has actually been around for a long time. It is a muscle relaxant that is used to treat severe muscle spasticity.
Baclofen mainly works at the GABA-B receptor. This causes muscular relaxation. It also causes psychological relaxation, with relief of stress and tension. Alcohol causes psychological relaxation, in part, by working on the GABA-A receptor. In some patients, alcohol use is driven by anxiety, stress, and emotional escalation. In this type of patient, taking a medication that works on the GABA system can be helpful. The results can be quite remarkable.
Dr. Kloda says, “I have had patients come to me already on baclofen. They either purchased it on the internet, or were started on it by their internist. “These patients want to be treated under medical supervision by a physician trained in addiction”, says Dr. Kloda.
Dr. Kloda says that patients will tell him, “If I take the baclofen I don’t drink, and my alcoholism is under control. If I don’t take the baclofen I start drinking again.” It is remarkable how black and white the results can be. So, while baclofen does not work for everyone, it really can be a miracle drug for others.
SOURCE Stuart Kloda, MD, PLLC