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Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2005 Feb;29(2):248-54.

Safety and efficacy of GABAergic medications for treating alcoholism.

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Department of Psychiatric Medicine, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22908-0623, USA.


This article highlights the proceedings of a symposium presented at the 27th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 29, 2004. The organizers and co-chairs were Bankole A. Johnson, MD, PhD, and Robert M. Swift, MD, PhD. The presentations included (1) Introduction, by Bankole A. Johnson; (2) Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy of gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid and Baclofen in the Treatment of Alcohol Addiction, by Giovanni Addolorato; (3) Safety of Gabapentin in Treating Alcoholism, by Hugh Myrick; (4) New Data on the Safety and Effectiveness of Topiramate in the Treatment of Alcohol Dependence, by Bankole A. Johnson; (5) Evaluating the Risk of Benzodiazepine Prescription to Alcohol-Dependent Individuals, by Domenic A. Ciraulo; and (6) Safety and Efficacy of GABAergic Agents in Treating Alcoholics: Discussion, by Robert M. Swift.

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