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anti-smoking drug now anti-crystal 
29th-Nov-2005 10:56 am
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New Scientist reports that a drug used to control craving for nicotine is also effective at controlling methamphetamine cravings. Has anyone heard of Wellbutrin or Zyban being used for getting off crystal? It would be nice to have something like that available for people struggling against addiction.

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8393

A popular treatment for nicotine addiction can also cut cravings among crystal meth addicts, a US study suggests.

Crystal meth – the commonly used term for methamphetamine – is a cheap and addictive drug that has become a massive problem in the US in recent years. It increases alertness and creates sensations of euphoria in users by stimulating the generation of dopamine and norepinephrine – neurotransmitters within the regions of the brain responsible for feelings of pleasure.

Bupropion – the active chemical ingredient found in the nicotine addiction drug, Zyban, as well as the anti-depressant Wellbutrin – was found to reduce the drug-induced high experienced by methamphetamine users and also to lessen their urge to take the drug in response to visual cues, in a study by researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).
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