What is the role of antibiotics in the treatment of alcoholism?

Updated: Mar 23, 2020
  • Author: Warren Thompson, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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A 2015 study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that an antibiotic typically used to treat tuberculosis reduces alcohol cravings and may enhance cue-related extinction therapies in individuals with alcohol use disorders. Results showed that low doses of D-cycloserine (50 mg) significantly reduced alcohol cravings for up to 3 weeks, leading to significant reductions in alcohol consumption. [55, 56]

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