Alzheimer's Drug Useful in Treatment of Heroin Addiction

Saturday, May 14, 2011 Label:
Hospital National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States and jointly develop new treatments against heroin addiction based on drug used to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
Both these institutions have found, if each day to consume less than five milligrams of Alzheimer's drug, Ebixa (memantine), will be able to help addicts reduce heroin addiction using methadone in methadone transitional therapy, says a psychology professor Lu Ru-band from NCKU.
Heroin substitute methadone is a drug and is used to reduce the addiction to heroin and all other opiates.
In a three-month clinical testing conducted by the hospital to 90 patients addicted to heroin, found that 48 of them are using Ebixa indicate reduced dependence on methadone, while 42 other patients who took the placebo became increasingly dependent on methadone, said Lu.
In addition, Lu said Ebixa appears effective in protecting and regenerating muscle condition and noted that the researchers also noticed a reduction in the number of neurotoxins (nerve poisons) and sitotoksin (cell poisons) in the patients using the drug.
Lu said the transition methadone therapy, which began to be used in Taiwan since 2004, is limited to relieving opiate drug addiction because it replaces the effect of opiates for a while with a long impact, such as methadone.
The hospital was already taking memantine patented invention that act "to protect the due to inflammation of the nerve degeneration of dopamine" in the United States and the European Union.Dopamine nerve can be damaged by the use of methadone, causing ketergandungan of substance, and Lu said that the findings could help more people pulilh from ketagihannya in the future when new treatments that successfully promoted.
Source: Antara
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