Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Brief Guide

Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Brief Guide

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Posted in: Addiction Treatment Guidance & Policy Resources, Medication Assisted Recovery

Direct involvement of physicians and other health care professionals in identifying and treating alcohol use disorder is possible, practical, and necessary. The medications described here have been shown to be effective in, and are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for, the management of alcohol dependence or the prevention of relapse to alcohol use.

Specifically:

  • Acamprosate calcium is indicated for the maintenance of abstinence from alcohol in patients dependent on alcohol who are abstinent at treatment initiation.
  • Disulfiram is an aid in the management of selected patients who want to remain in a state of enforced sobriety so that supportive and psychotherapeutic treatment may be applied to best advantage.
  • Oral naltrexone (naltrexone hydrochloride tablet) is indicated for the treatment of alcohol dependence.
  • Extended-release injectable naltrexone is indicated for the treatment of alcohol dependence in patients who have been able to abstain from alcohol in an outpatient setting. Learn more about Vivitrol here: https://www.vivitrol.com/opioid-dependence/what-is-vivitrol

READ PUBLICATION HERE

Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Brief Guide

 

SOURCE: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Brief Guide. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 15-4907. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2015.