Tests begin on pill that curbs drinking
A drug in development reduces the feelings of pleasure that come from alcohol.
The pill, called nalmefene, is made by H. Lundbeck A/S (HLUKY), a drugmaker that pulls in most of its revenue from the anti-anxiety drug Cipralex. Nalmefene blocks brain signals that make drinking and sex feel good, Bloomberg reports.
Some people are interested in this as a treatment for alcoholics, many of whom simply don't want to stop drinking. People can still drink with nalmefene, but they won't feel any pleasure from doing so.
"A major problem among alcohol abusers is that many are not interested in seeking treatment, perhaps because they do not want to accept the goal of complete abstinence," one addiction researcher told Bloomberg.
That leads to big question surrounding nalmefene: Can you treat alcoholism with a drug that still allows people to drink? Post continues after video:
Some caregivers said they've seen addicts try to curb drinking with naltrexone, a generic drug that blocks the release of dopamine, a brain chemical that allows you to feel pleasure. But one physician told Bloomberg that the drug doesn't really curb alcoholic intake.
Nalmefene is similar to naltrexone.
But other physicians say the abstinence-only approach leaves millions of people untreated. With nalmefene, "little by little, it decreases the craving for alcohol, and the person learns to control the alcohol problem," said the person coordinating Lundbeck's testing in Finland. "It's a very much needed medicine."
Analysts don't think nalmefene will have much of an impact on Lundbeck's bottom line. One told Bloomberg that the peak sales for nalmefene could be only about $60 million a year. Lundbeck raked in nearly $2.6 billion in revenue last year.
I agree this is too vague of an article to base staunch opinions. I haven’t had a drink in 3 1/2 yrs. I will state that AA isn’t for everyone but thank god for that "CULT" because it has helps me stay sober. This pill worries me because this still allows people to drink when the ultimate goal of someone who has a problem with alcohol is to stop.. Completely. So do these people have to take this pill their whole life? Many alcoholics drink to become drunk and continue to do so till they are drunk. This could be dangerous - one could drink and drink waiting to feel drunk - potentially causing alcohol poisoning and physical dependence, among other things. And they state this pill will curb the pleasure of sex.. are you kidding me?? Who would want to take this? A lot of alcoholics drink because they are depressed about one thing or another and it sounds like this pill will just leave one feeling more depressed. How many people taking this pill are going to think they can get behind the wheel?
What kind of a moron came to the errant conclusion that a practicing alcoholic would willingly take this pill? A recovering alcoholic wouldn't need to. So what good is it? It might work if an armed guard stuffed it down the alki's throat everyday..........
The firm will probably sell a few bottles to the WIVES of alkis though. They're always hoping for a miracle.
my name is patrick and im an alcoholic. if you give someone a drug that limits the feeling of alcohol,and someone who likes to drink keeps drinking tries to consume more out of habit or physical addiction keeps drinkink9ing, wont they overdose? the body has natural responses to alcohol poisining, like throwing up or passing out. i dont see this as a cure! i see this as something that will kill alcoholics faster than just being an alcoholic! what about those kids who idolize drinking, you know, party kids. what if some kid wants to out drink his buddies and takes this drug. he deosnt feel the effects but his boday sure deos. what happens when he goes into alcohol poisening. he wont feel drunk but he will die of being drunk!
i dont know everything. but i do believe that abstinenceis the only way to RECOVER!
in response to DRAMericA17 You obviously have not loved an alcoholic. It is a devastating disease that affects everyone a round them. If this would help those people, then why not try anything if maybe it work and make life better for everyone.
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