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Gabapentin ‘could help treat alcohol dependence’

Gabapentin could be used to treat people for alcohol dependence, US researchers have claimed.

Compared with placebo, they found gabapentin enabled more people with alcohol dependence to completely abstain or at least cut out heavy drinking.

The study - published in JAMA this month - also found the drug reduced symptoms associated with relapse such as craving, insomnia and dysphoria.

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