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Medications for Alcohol Dependence

Drugs associated with Alcohol Dependence

The following drugs and medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

What is Alcohol Dependence: An illness marked by consumption of alcoholic beverages at a level that interferes with physical or mental health, and social, family, or occupational responsibilities. People with alcohol dependence, the most severe alcohol disorder, usually experience tolerance (a need for markedly increased amounts of alcohol to… Read more

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
Campral Rx C N 107 reviews
9.0

Generic name: acamprosate systemic

Drug class: drugs used in alcohol dependence

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Antabuse Rx C N X 41 reviews
8.0

Generic name: disulfiram systemic

Drug class: drugs used in alcohol dependence

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
naltrexone Rx C N X 57 reviews
9.0

Generic name: naltrexone systemic

Brand names:  Revia, Vivitrol

Drug class: antidotes, drugs used in alcohol dependence

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Revia Rx C N X 5 reviews
9.0

Generic name: naltrexone systemic

Drug class: antidotes, drugs used in alcohol dependence

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Zofran Off Label Rx B N Add review Add

Generic name: ondansetron systemic

Drug class: 5HT3 receptor antagonists

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Vivitrol Rx C N X 12 reviews
8.0

Generic name: naltrexone systemic

Drug class: drugs used in alcohol dependence

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
disulfiram Rx C N X 49 reviews
8.0

Generic name: disulfiram systemic

Brand name:  Antabuse

Drug class: drugs used in alcohol dependence

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Zofran ODT Off Label Rx B N Add review
9.0

Generic name: ondansetron systemic

Drug class: 5HT3 receptor antagonists

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
acamprosate Rx C N 120 reviews
9.0

Generic name: acamprosate systemic

Brand name:  Campral

Drug class: drugs used in alcohol dependence

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
ondansetron Off Label Rx B N Add review
9.0

Generic name: ondansetron systemic

Brand names:  Zofran, Zofran ODT

Drug class: 5HT3 receptor antagonists

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N The drug is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision.
2 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse of the drug may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 The drug has a potential for abuse less than the drugs in schedules 1 and 2. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 3. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 3.
5 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 4. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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