Baclofen for Alcohol Use Disorder

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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: November 2018

In this Cochrane systematic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found that, compared with placebo, baclofen has little to no effect in treating alcohol use disorder. Researchers found that baclofen makes little to no difference to study participants who dropped out of treatment, dropped out because of side effects, or had at least 1 side effect. They found that it probably makes little difference in the number of participants who start drinking again or in how much or how often they drink. Researchers also found that baclofen increased bad outcomes like depression, vertigo, sleepiness, numbness, and muscle stiffness.

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Minozzi. S, Saulle, R. & Rösner, S. (2018) Baclofen for alcohol use disorder. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2018 (11). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012557.pub2.