Animal Study Suggests Common Med May Combat Cocaine Addiction

By Rick Nauert, PHD

A new finding, albeit in animal research, suggest a common medication could be used as a treatment for cocaine addiction.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee discovered a common beta blocker, propranolol, frequently used to treat people with hypertension and anxiety, is effective in preventing the brain from retrieving memories associated with cocaine use in animal-addiction models.

This is the first time that a therapeutic treatment has been shown to block the retrieval of memories associated with drug addiction, a major reason many addicts experience relapse, said psychologist Dr. Devin Mueller.

The research is published in the August issue of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

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