topiramate (Topamax) might be effective for treating alcohol dependence

There's some exciting but preliminary evidence that topiramate (Topamax) might be effective for treating alcohol dependence.

It seems to reduce cravings and help patients stop drinking.

Patients start on 25 mg/day and increase up to 300 mg/day over 8 weeks. It takes about 6 weeks to see a benefit.

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