Topiramite for alcoholism

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Hi i have tried topiramate for alcoholism and has positive results. Has anyone tried?

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    No never used it.

    Its main use is to prevent seizures, although it appears off label for some other conditions. Also used in obesity.

    I would never use an antipsychotic drug, unless I became epileptic. Good if it’s helping you drink less. Too many side effects for me

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    Do not understand at all. What is topiramite?
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      Hiya Robin

      Topirimate is a drug used to prevent seizures or convulsions in epileptics.

      However it is also used to treat various other conditions like obesity, stopping smoking, eating disorders. In other words, it can help with other conditions too.

      Some recent studies have found topirimate can be used as an anti craving drug, like campral. Kelly seems to have found that she’s had positive results since she started taking it.

      Off label, well my understanding of Off label means that whilst it may produce positive results, it’s not officially had approval to be classed and used as an anti craving drug in the uk.

      Hope that helps

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      It's a bit like baclofen, it is very effective, but has many side effects, so it is very unlikely to be prescribed by a doctor. We may see some of these drugs hit the market in the next decade or so. Off label means, that the drug has been approved by NICE/NHS (or the relevant authority in a country), but for another use. This means it's legal for a GP to prescribe, but his book of medications won't mention alcohol. That doesn't stop him prescribing it, but makes it very unlikely that he will.

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