Selincro Pill Reduce Alcohol Consumption
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Newly discovered drug reduces alcohol consumption by 61 per cent

5:48 AM, 7th May 2013
Pill reduce Alcohol Consumption
Popping a pill will now help drinkers reduce the amount of alcohol they consume.

LONDON, UK: Popping a pill will now help drinkers reduce the amount of alcohol they consume. Problem drinkers in the UK will be given a new drug called ‘Nalmefene’ which manufacturers claim could cut alcohol consumption levels by 61 per cent. The pill also known as Selincro has been licenced for use by health officials and will be available for doctors to prescribe to their patients from 13 May 2013.

The drug is meant for once-a-day usage, has been licenced for ‘the reduction of alcohol consumption in adult patients with alcohol dependence without physical withdrawal symptoms and who do not require immediate detoxification.’ According to the scientists, the drug will help people with drinking problems to cut back on the amount they drink and works by modulating the reward mechanism in the brain.

A clinical trial helped patients cut the amount they consumed from 12.75 units a day to five units a day - a reduction by 61 per cent. The test subjects who underwent counselling along with the drug reduced their ‘heavy drinking days’ from over three weeks to nine days a month after treatment for six months.

© Times of India News

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