MEDFORD, Ore. — A medicine used to treat migraines and epilepsy could be the solution to curb a cocaine addiction. Researchers at the University of Virginia are behind a new study using the medication to help treat cocaine addicts.
The study looked at 140 people over the age of 18 who were getting treatment. They were divided into two groups. One pool received a placebo and the other, Topiramate, also known as Topamax.
The group of people did not know if they were getting the actual medication or the inactive pill. Researchers discovered the group using Topamax reduced the use of cocaine for several weeks.
“Cocaine hits a pleasure center in your brain. What Topomax does, is that it hits the same pleasure center in the brain and so you don’t get quite the same as a high and maybe easier to get off of,” explained Providence Clinical Coordinator Michael Lanning.
Hospital staff do not recommend going to the doctors to get Topamax to treat a cocaine addiction. This study is new and more research and tests need to be done. Researchers say, however, this study is a step in the right direction. Currently, there are no FDA approved medications to help cocaine addicts.