October 23, 2012

Diabetes drug may help ease addiction treatment

Researchers at Vanderbilt University believe they have discovered a common diabetes medication that may aid in the treatment of addiction.

Exendin-4, used to manage diabetes, may make the addiction rehabilitation process slightly easier, and could be effective in fighting addiction to various drugs, including cocaine.

“What we have demonstrated is that a brain mechanism already known to be therapeutic for the treatment of diabetes also appears to be implicated in at least certain types of drug addiction,” Gregg Stanwood, an assistant professor of pharmacology and an investigator at Vanderbilt University, said.

In trials with animals, Exendin-4 lowered the rewarding effect of cocaine.

The study was published in a recent issue of Molecular Psychiatry.

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