Drug offers cocaine addicts hope
After decades of failed attempts to find a drug that helps addicts kick cocaine, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say they have finally found a medication that looks promising - a drug currently approved to treat sleepiness.
Addicts who took modafinil - used to treat narcolepsy and help pilots and night-shift workers stay alert - were about twice as likely to avoid cocaine in a given week as those who received a placebo pill, according to a small Penn study published this month in the Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology.
Patients taking the medicine, marketed as Provigil, were also nearly three times as likely as unmedicated counterparts to stay off cocaine for a three-week stretch - 33 percent vs. 13 percent, said Charles Dackis, chief of psychiatry at Penn's Medical Center-Presbyterian and lead investigator of the 62-patient study.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse funded the Penn study and is paying for three longer, larger studies as well.
Provigil is very well known to help addicts and curb impulsiveness. The court prescribed this med to her and considering they called her a "habitual, frequent and continuous user of alcohol and controlled substances" it makes one wonder, especially on a high dose of 200mg.
Edit: The photo of BritBrit's purse is of the prescription Provigil inside, for no confusion!