Can Alcohol, Nicotine Addictions Be Treated With Same Drug?
|Two great things that go great together ... for a reason, apparently|
Perhaps they were on to something; years of soused, nicotine-buzzed doctors can now claim they were only doing advanced research. Doctors at U.C. San Francisco, a research center named for the nation's premier producer of jug wine, and a drug company best known for producing the boner pill have put forward the hypothesis that alcohol and cigarette dependence can be treated simultaneously with the very same chemical compounds. Cheers to that.
Per an article in this month's Neuropsychopharmacology, drunken mice were found to severely curtail their alcohol consumption when treated with a pair of substances that target the beasts' neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor.
Bartlett is director of the Preclinical Development group at the UCSF-affiliated Ernest Gallo Center. The compounds in question -- CP-601932 and PF-4575180 -- are both produced by Pfizer. The former has been demonstrated to be compatible with humans, and Bartlett hopes to see a clinical study undertaken in the near future.
We can think of entire neighborhoods that could be used as test cases.