Note: These findings were published in January 2014. The results are just two years ago from the month this blog is being written. Normally, most proven findings take years to become mainstream in the medical profession. WE ARE LOSING TIME! Please share this with others you know, put it on Social Media, and discuss the findings and conclusions with your doctors.
As I mentioned in my earliest posts, in May/June of 2015 I lost the use of both legs. This was due to the loss of tissue supporting the hip in the left leg and Neuropathy in the right leg. The Neuropathy problems were caused by my 2011 spinal operation; Neuropathy can give you unlivable pain. See the post The Author’s Path: Brian Masters for more information. While in treatment, I elected to take Gabapentin to neutralize the nerves that were the cause of ACUTE pain. I can say, after 4 months at 800 mg per day, I have no craving and/or desire for alcohol. Is it the Gabapentin or is it in my mind?
Read the 2014 journal article by Mason, Quello, Goodell, Shadan, Kyle, and Begovic to see how Gabapentin is a promising treatment for alcohol addiction. The authors found that Gabapentin had the following results:
Conclusions and Relevance: Gabapentin (particularly the 1800-mg dosage) was effective in treating alcohol dependence and relapse-related symptoms of insomnia, dysphoria, and craving, with a favorable safety profile. Increased implementation of pharmacological treatment of alcohol dependence in primary care may be a major benefit of Gabapentin as a treatment option for alcohol dependence.
Trial Registration clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT00391716.
The authors note that this study is important because “Approved medications for alcohol dependence are prescribed for less than 9% of US alcoholics.”
Obviously, this means, 91% are getting no medication treatment, no Meds for help, or even education of the options that could save their lives.