How Does an Anti-Epileptic Drug Help to Treat Addiction?
Vigabatrin can have a beneficial effect upon addicts going through withdrawal (especially from alcohol and benzodiazepines) who may be subject to seizures. It is also increasingly established as a means of reducing cravings in addicts going through detoxification and withdrawal, especially individuals addicted to cocaine and other stimulants. A growing number of studies are showing links between vigabatrin consumption and reduced frequency and scale of substance abuse.
How Do Medications for Addiction Treatment Work?
Vigabatrin works by inhibiting the production of enzymes which catabolise gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter affecting the central nervous system, which acts as a calmative agent upon that system. Higher levels of GABA maintained for longer make seizures less –likely. This processhelpsrestorethe brains’ natural reward systems, damaged after an eventual long-term substance abuse.
Is Vigabatrin Effective at Treating Withdrawal Symptoms?
Along with reducing the frequency and severity of seizures which may occur during withdrawal syndrome, vigabatrin significantly reduces cravings in individuals addicted to cocaine and/or other stimulants. Less severe and less frequent cravings mean that the individualis significantly less likely to relapse and much more likely to fully recover.
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Principles of Effective Vigabatrin Addiction Treatment
As with any medication used to treat addiction, vigabatrin should be prescribed as part of a broader addiction treatment programme (such as may be provided in residential rehabilitation) including psychotherapy, rather than as a stand-alone prescription. Because of potentially dangerous interactions with other medications and substances of abuse, and various negative side-effects associated with its consumption, vigabatrin should only be taken in strict accordance with the instructions of a prescribing physician.
What Are the Side Effects of Vigabatrin?
Numerous side-effects have been associated with vigabatrin consumption, including sleepiness,problems focusing,nervousness,mood instability,shortness of breath,vision changes, headache,tremors,dizziness, depression, diplopia, memory disturbances,accelerated heart rate,ataxia, hyperactivity, vertigo, insomnia, confusion, personality disorders, impaired concentration, anxiety, psychosis,suicidal ideation,irritable mood, speech disorders, abnormal gait, abdominal pain, constipation, dyspepsia,
vomiting, nausea, fatigue, asthenia,joint pain and discomfort, as well as weight gain.Some studies have associated vigabatrin with abnormalities in pregnancy in animals, though no firm links have yet been established in humans; research in this area is ongoing.
Vigabatrin Is Most Effective When Combined with Addiction Therapy
As with all medication used in the treatment of addiction, vigabatrin will always be most effective when used as part of a broader addiction treatment programme with therapy at its core. Therapy both uncovers and tackles the fundamental causes of addiction, allowing individuals to come to terms with, and address, the psychological factors which led to their substance abuse and dependence. It helps themremediatenegative behaviours and, thought patterns, avoid relapse and future recurrence of addiction. Without therapy, medication is only likely to affect certain isolated contributing factors and some withdrawal symptoms rather than dealing with the core reasons behind the addiction itself.
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