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Pani, Pier Paolo and Trogu, Emanuela and Pacini, Matteo and Maremmani, Icro [The Cochrane Library] . (2014) Anticonvulsants for alcohol dependence. London: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2) Art. No.: CD008544. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008544.pub2

URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/1465185...

Background:
Alcohol dependence is a major public health problem characterised by recidivism and a host of medical and psychosocial complications. Together with psychosocial interventions, different pharmacological interventions have been tested in trials and systematic reviews. In this review, we wanted to discover whether anticonvulsants are better than placebo or are better than other medications, psychosocial interventions or no intervention.

Authors' conclusions:
At the current stage of research, evidence supporting the clinical use of anticonvulsants to treat alcohol dependence is insufficient. Results are conditioned by heterogeneity and by the low number and quality of studies comparing anticonvulsants versus other medications. The uncertainty associated with these results leaves to clinicians the need to balance the possible benefits/risks of treatment with anticonvulsants versus other medications as supported by evidence of efficacy.

 

Item Type
Evidence resource
Publication Type
Review
Drug Type
Alcohol
Intervention Type
AOD disorder drug therapy
Date
2014
Publisher
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Place of Publication
London
Number
2
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Not in collection)

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