A new drug named `nalmefene’ has been made available today in UK market which claims to help problem drinkers to reduce alcohol intake by 61%. The manufacturers believe if a dependent drinker takes this drug and simultaneously undergoes counseling, he can cut consumption level up to 61%.
The drug has also got license from health officials and doctors can prescribe its usage to their patients from today. The drug is the first ever medicine which got approval for reducing the desire of alcohol consumption in patients. The pill is also known as `selincro’ which also got approval last month from the countries including Norway, Finland, Poland and some other Baltic countries.
The drug is licensed saying it can be used for `the reduction of alcohol consumption in adult patients with alcohol dependence without physical withdrawal symptoms and who do not require immediate detoxification’.
The drug, which has to be taken once a day, works by modulating the brain with reward mechanism and blocks the craving, thus reducing the desire to drink.
Dr. David Collier, a drug investigator from Barts and the London School of Medicine, said the studies on this drug nalmefene suggested that the usage of this medicine along with combination of counseling can be used as a potential tool for those people in UK who are seeking some assistance in cutting their drinking habits.