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Bundesministeriums fA?r Gesundheit Band 128, Nomos, Baden-Baden 31 Rubio G, Jimenez-Arriero MA, Ponce G, Palomo T (2001) Naltrexone versus acamprosate: one year follow-up of alcohol dependence of alcohol dependence treatment. Dr Angelini is assistant professor, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, Mass. The chronic and excessive use of alcohol adversely affects the healthcare system, work productivity, and familial and social relationships.
The reduction of alcohol misuse can be measured as an increase in the frequency of abstinence or a reduction in the frequency of relapses.
The chronic and excessive use of alcohol adversely impacts healthcare, work productivity, court and prison systems, and familial and social relationships. Currently, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th edition (text revised) (DSM-IV-TR) defines substance dependence as having specific characteristics. Genetics can predispose a person to appreciate the rewarding effects of alcohol ingestion to a very high degree while minimizing the adverse side effects. Easy access and social acceptability have a significant impact on frequent and abusive use of alcohol.
What differentiates a casual alcohol user from an alcoholic is the degree of impact that the alcohol has on a person's life. Most current research has demonstrated that the combination of psychosocial support therapy and medication therapy has the best chance of maintaining abstinence in an alcohol-dependent individual.14 The goal of therapy, however, is not necessarily total abstinence. Currently, there are 3 FDA-approved agents for the treatment of alcohol dependence: disulfiram, naltrexone, and acamprosate.
In 1951, disulfiram was the first medication approved by FDA for the treatment of alcoholism.
The typical dosing of disulfiram is 250 mg every day, although dosing can range from 125 mg to 500 mg a day.17 Typical side effects include drowsiness or a metallic taste. A number of drug interactions exist with disulfiram, particularly if the compound contains an alcohol base. Due to its ability to cause such a significant nausea reaction when combined with alcohol, disulfiram acts as a psychological deterrent.13 However, this deterrent is effective only if the medication has been taken that day. Naltrexone, an opiate receptor antagonist, has been FDA-approved for the treatment of alcohol dependence since 1994.
Naltrexone is commonly dosed at 50 mg every morning (QAM), although higher doses have been studied. In 1992, two 12-week clinical trials were the first to demonstrate that naltrexone was effective in treating alcohol dependence.24,30 In the first study, 97 patients were randomized to either naltrexone 50 mg QD or placebo. Because of the positive results demonstrated in these 2 preliminary trials, numerous randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies were conducted, and they have demonstrated naltrexone's efficacy in treating alcohol dependence.31–38 These studies have ranged from 12 weeks to 6 months. A 12-week, multicenter, randomized, double-blind trial compared naltrexone 50 mg QD to placebo in 175 patients. In a 12-week, double-blind, randomized trial, 131 recently abstinent patients were randomized to receive either naltrexone 50 mg QD or placebo.
Another 12-week, randomized, double-blind study followed by a 20-week open-label period compared naltrexone 50 mg QD with placebo. A 6-month, double-blind, randomized trial compared naltrexone 50 mg QD (n=56) with placebo (n=62).
Another study (n=128) compared naltrexone 50 mg QD to placebo in patients who were given urge-specific coping skills training and communication skills training during a 2-week partial hospitalization program. A review conducted in 2005 compared the results from 27 trials using naltrexone 50 mg QD versus placebo or an active comparator.28 There were 3,048 subjects with 1,810 of them treated with naltrexone.
There also have been some studies conducted resulting in no statistically significant differences between naltrexone and placebo in regard to overall relapse rates.31,36–40 It should be noted that compliance with medication appears critical for positive outcomes. In June 2006, a long-acting intramuscular (IM) injection formulation of naltrexone was approved by FDA for treatment of alcohol dependence. All studies for the naltrexone long-acting injection also included some form of weekly psychosocial treatment.44–46 The efficacy outcomes of the long-acting injectable naltrexone compared with placebo appear to be similar to the daily oral version compared with placebo.
Acamprosate is a synthetic derivative of the endogenous amino acid homotaurine, which is a structural analog of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and the amino acid neuromodulator taurine. Acamprosate appears to be involved in correcting the GABA and glutamate balance that is offset in alcohol-dependent individuals.
Diarrhea continues to be the most frequent adverse effect with acamprosate therapy (10%–17%).
Acamprosate is not used to treat any symptoms of acute alcohol withdrawal.47 Acamprosate therapy should be initiated for maintaining abstinence as soon as possible subsequent to detoxification.
Acamprosate 666 mg TID did not demonstrate a significant difference compared with placebo in the proportion of patients with continuous abstinence at 24 weeks (12% vs 11%, respectively) in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind trial in 581 patients.55 Abstinence was classified as those individuals reporting no drinking on their daily record card, confirmed by negative breath or urine alcohol levels or both. Cumulative abstinence duration over the treatment phase was significantly longer with acamprosate than placebo (P=.016). The simultaneous use of agents with different mechanisms of action in order to achieve a desirable outcome is often a consideration. Despite the demonstrated efficacy of naltrexone and acamprosate, there is a need for increased outcomes, particularly on abstinence. One possible group of medications that may play a role are the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Another agent that works on the serotonergic system, ondansetron, has demonstrated some promise in the treatment of this disorder.
The antiepileptic agent topiramate demonstrated potential benefits in treating the disorder in 1 study.67 Topiramate's mechanism of action is as a glutamate inhibitor via blockade of AMPA-kainate subtype.
Disulfiram is reserved for specific patients where witnessed administration is possible as well as no medical comorbidities.
Disclosure Information: The authors report no financial disclosures as related to products discussed in this article. Amino acids are well known to be an important class of compounds for the maintenance of body homeostasis and their deficit, even for the polar neuroactive aminoacids, can be controlled by supplementation.
Despite the fact taurine is used in the market in energetic drinks (mistakenly known by the population as a stimulant agent), the neuroinhibitory effect of taurine in the central nervous system (CNS) was acknowledged in reports as early as the decade of the 19?60s. The anticonvulsant activity in the maximum electroshock seizure (MES) model and in the subcutaneous pentetetrazole seizure threshold (PST) model were effective with unsubstituted amide, methylamide, dimethylamide, ethylamide and isopropylamide derivatives and the efficacy was almost equal. Based on the results with valproyltaurinamide derivatives and the knowledge of that anilide groups, with small substituents on the N-phenyl ring, are known to produce potent anticonvulsants, in 2007 Akgul and co-workers, repeated the Linden et al. Best phenyl phtalimidoethanesulfonamide derivatives in MES test after 0.5 and 4 h of administration and the compounds’ neurotoxicity [36].
Oja and co-workers obtained 23 taurine derivatives substituted at the amine and sulfonic acid group. Structures of ethanolamine-O-sulphate (EOS), 2-aminoethylphosphonic acid (AEP), dimethyltaurine (DMT) and trimethyltaurine (TMT) with GABAA and GABAB antagonism. Addition of a carbon atom to the taurine molecule resulted in a new compound named homotaurine and it was first patented by Abbott Laboratories, in 1965 [42] (tramiprosate, Figure 7) as a promising drug for Alzheimer’s treatment named Alzhemed™.
Homotaurine was also related to elevation of striatal dopamine, in a manner independent of impulse flow or exocytosis.
In a cerebral ischemia study, conducted by Sapronov et al., the substance N-isopropylamide-2-(1-phenylethyl)aminoethanesulfonic acid hydrochloride (TAU-15, taurepar, Figure 9), was also demonstrated to possess neuroprotective effects [47]. Structure of N-isopropylamine-2-(1-phenylethyl)aminoethanosulfonic acid hydrochloride (TAU-15, taurepar). Tauropyrone (Figure 10) has also been proven to be a neuroprotective agent, without anticonvulsant activity [49]. Structures of tauropyrone, piperidine 3-sulfinic acid (PSA), aniline 2-sulfinic acid (ANSA).
The most successful derivative of taurine for alcohol abuse use is the acetylhomotaurine derivative named acamprosate (calcium acetylhomotaurinate, Figure 12).
Surprisingly a report by Dzirkale showed an anti-ethanol effect, reducing the ethanol sleeping time with low doses with tauropyrone, a neuroportector compound described before, devoid of anticonvulsant activity [55]. Structures of 2-aminoethylmethylsulfone (AEMS), thiomorpholine 1,1-dioxide (TMS) and N-methylthiomorpholine 1,1-dioxide (MTMS).
Acamprosate, which affects chemicals in the brain by blocking certain receptors associated with mental health, has approval from the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of alcoholism in adults.
In this retrospective analysis of clinical data, the additional direct medical costs per additional abstinent alcoholic incurred by adjuvant acamprosate therapy of previously weaned alcoholics were quantified.
JavaScript is currently disabled, this site works much better if you enable JavaScript in your browser. Acamprosate calcium delayed-release tablets are used for the maintenance of abstinence from alcohol in patients with alcohol dependence who are abstinent at the start of treatment.
Treatment with acamprosate calcium delayed-release tablets helps maintain abstinence from alcohol only when used as part of a treatment program that includes counseling and support. Handbook of NeurologyHandbook of drugs used in neurologyThe Massachusetts General Hospital. He also maintains an outpatient psychopharmacology practice with the VA Boston Healthcare System. Alcohol misuse accounts for 85,000 deaths per year in the United States, and the overall financial costs related to alcohol dependence are more than $100 billion annually. The recommendation for alcohol dependence treatment is a combination of psychosocial support therapy and pharmacologic treatment. It is important to note that controlled use of 1 to 2 alcoholic drinks per day has not been demonstrated to be harmful to most people.
Being an alcoholic means that alcohol has become the most important part of a person's life.
All of these drugs have differing pharmacologies, and combinations of these agents also have been studied. Its principal mechanism of action is to prevent aldehyde dehydrogenase from converting acetaldehyde, a metabolite of ethanol, into acetic acid. Any compound with an alcohol base can result in clinically significant increases in acetaldehyde.
Naltrexone is a specific antagonist for the mu opiate receptor and this is the mechanism by which it reduces relapse rates and heavy drinking.13 Opiate receptor blockade has been demonstrated to reduce the dopamine (DA) release into the nucleus accumbens (NA) that occurs with highly reinforceable behaviors such as alcohol ingestion. Production of the primary metabolite, 6-?-naltrexol, is mediated by dihydrodiol dehydrogenase, an enzyme in the cytosol. There was no difference in the primary efficacy measure of time to first heavy drinking episode (defined as ?5 drinks per day for men and ?4 drinks per day for women, reported as not statistically significant). One hundred twenty-one subjects were studied, with half the patients enrolled in a coping skills program and the other half enrolled in supportive therapy. Subjects were then treated for 12 weeks with drug or placebo and followed for up to a year. This study did not demonstrate acamprosate to be more effective than placebo in regard to relapse rates and total alcohol use.42 Naltrexone's beneficial effect compared with placebo continued for up to 1 year (a follow-up period to the 16-week initial phase), although this difference was only numerical as statistical significance was not maintained.


Other common adverse events occurring in less than 10% of acamprosate-treated patients include insomnia, anxiety, depression, nausea, abdominal pain, flatulence, anorexia, dizziness, weakness, pruritis, and diaphoresis.47 Due to the complex nature of alcohol dependency, certain adverse effects experienced while using acamprosate may not be entirely treatment-related and potentially may be symptoms associated with alcohol discontinuation.
It is also recommended that an appropriate psychosocial support program be introduced simultaneously to increase the likelihood of compliance and motivation to remain abstinent, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, CBT, individualized counseling, or other types of supportive therapy. Two ITT approaches for analysis were used in this study: one in which those who missed a visit were considered nonabstinent, or the ITT sample, and the other considered missing data as simply missing in the per protocol sample. The patients in this study received a lower level of psychosocial support and had a history of a more severe degree of alcohol dependence. Approximately 25% of patients withdrew from the study during the first 6 months (40 patients receiving acamprosate and 44 patients receiving placebo). The combined medication treatment was not demonstrated to be more effective than naltrexone alone.
However, studies with fluoxetine, sertraline, and citalopram have not demonstrated consistent results at reducing alcohol use in an individual with or without a psychiatric comorbidity.
A number of combination studies using 2 of the 3 agents for alcohol dependence have been conducted. Fortunately, our understanding regarding the science of alcohol dependence is rapidly developing. Alcohol dependence is a treatment concern for all medical disciplines and a cost concern for all healthcare systems.
Krystal JH, Cramer JA, Krol WF, Kirk GF, Rosenheck RA; Veterans Affairs Naltrexone Cooperative Study 425 Group. IntroductionAmino acids (AA) are an important class of cell signaling molecules, involved in the regulation of gene expression and the protein phosphorylation cascade. Over the following decade, several studies were carried out in order to gain a deeper insight into this function, and the mechanism behind it [18]. N-Propylamide and N-butylamide were also active, but less potent, No effect were observed in acetamide, pyrrolinedide, piperidide, cyclohexylamide, benzylamide, methylbenzylamide and pyridylamide derivatives.
Figure 3 shows nine of the active compounds: piperidino (VIII) benzamido (IX-XIII), phthalimido (XIV) and phenylsuccinimido (XV-XVI) derivatives. Alteration in Temperature ActivityBesides the anticonvulsant activity, agonistic binding of taurine to GABA sites is also known to cause hypothermia. Prevention of Alzheimer’s and NeuroprotectionVarga and co-workers proposed ?-L-glutamyltaurine (Figure 6) as an endogenous modulator in the excitatory aminoacidergic neurotransmission process inhibiting the glutamate-evoked increase in free intracellular Ca2+ and the kainate-activated formation of cGMP in cerebellar slices [40].
It binds preferentially to soluble A? peptide and maintains A? in a non-fibrillar form, thereby inhibiting amyloid formation and deposition. Differently, the taurine-evoked increase in striatal dopamine was impulse-flow dependent [45].
According to Ward et al., it was able to prevent the dopamine oxidation through the 6-OH-dopamine pathway, involved in Parkinson’s disease.
Anti-Alcohol ActivityBoth taurine and ethanol exert positive allosteric modulatory effects on neuronal ligand-gated chloride channels (GABA A and glycine receptors) as well as inhibitory effects on other ligand- and voltage-gated cation channels (NMDA and Ca2+ channels). It can reduce ethanol self-administration and drinking relapses in both animals and humans.
AnticancerTaurolidine (TRD, Figure 14) is a taurine derivative that was first described as an anti-bacterial substance, with anti-cancer properties due its pro-apoptotic actions [57,58]. Erickson is the inventor on a pending utility patent for the use of acamprosate as a therapeutic agent for Fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited form of intellectual disability and the most frequent single gene cause of autism. Erickson and colleagues reported in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders on the first trial of acamprosate in adults with Fragile X syndrome and autism. Erickson is currently recruiting five-to-17-year-old children with Fragile X syndrome to a clinical trial designed to learn if acamprosate reduces various symptoms including inattention, hyperactivity, language impairment, irritability, and social deficits. Erickson strongly cautions that while preliminary data on acamprosate in individuals with Fragile X syndrome appears promising, large scale multi-center clinical trials of acamprosate are needed to determine whether it can help those with Fragile X and autism. Christopher Fisher, Managing Editor for The Behavioral Medicine Report, received his PhD in Clinical Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine from University of North Texas. Fisher maintains a private practice in Corpus Christi, Texas, and offers individual therapy, group therapy, peripheral biofeedback, and neurofeedback.
Fisher enjoys spending time with family, watching sports and movies, and outdoor activities.
The rate of relapse of previously weaned alcoholics has been shown to decrease following treatment with acamprosate. With over 375 generic medicines available, Teva has the largest portfolio of FDA-approved generic products on the market. Dr Brahmbhatt is a resident with Clinical Pharmacy Services in the Commonwealth Medicine Managed Care Residency Program, Worcester, Mass. Currently, there are 3 FDA-approved agents for the treatment of alcohol dependence: naltrexone, acamprosate, and disulfiram.
As acetaldehyde accumulates in the body, it causes certain physiological effects such as nausea, vomiting, flushing, headache, and hypotension ("disulfiram reactions").7 This effect can be seen with small amounts of alcohol, such as the amount in mouthwash.
Fainting and arrhythmias have been reported; therefore, this agent is not recommended in patients who have, or are at risk for, ischemic heart disease or arrhythmias. By blunting the reward that occurs with drinking, naltrexone decreases the pleasure derived from alcohol ingestion. The cytochrome P450 system is not involved in naltrexone metabolism.26 The most common side effects are headache, nausea, and dizziness, which occurred 2 to 3 times more frequently with naltrexone versus placebo and at a rate of 7%–15% (headache), 10%–14% (nausea), and 5%–12% (dizziness). The naltrexone group demonstrated a statistical improvement in abstinence rates, number of drinking days, and time to first relapse compared with placebo.24 In the second study, 70 patients who had undergone alcohol detoxifications were randomized to either placebo or naltrexone 50 mg QD. Efficacy compared with placebo was measured via different outcomes, such as: percent of patients relapsing to heavy drinking (defined as ?5 drinks per episode), percent remaining abstinent, time to first drink, time to relapse (?5 drinks per episode), total abstinent days per time period enrolled in the study, overall amount drunk per study period, and patient reports of cravings.
For those patients who were >70% compliant, it was demonstrated that the naltrexone group had fewer members relapsing compared with placebo during the 12 weeks of drug therapy. Dose adjustment is not required in hepatic impairment as acamprosate does not undergo metabolism via the liver. Following 12 months of treatment, the active treatment groups were switched to placebo for an additional 6 months. Over the course of treatment the acamprosate group demonstrated a greater abstinence rate compared with placebo; however, a significant difference was not observed until Day 150. Although statistically significant, these differences in frequency and quantity during relapse between groups are small and not as relevant clinically. Significant pharmacokinetic interactions occur when alcohol dependency medications are co-administered. The naltrexone arm was the only intervention that demonstrated a significant effect on time to first heavy drinking day (P=.02), the coprimary outcome measure. One interesting finding is that the Type B alcoholic seems to have increased rates in drinking in the SSRI group compared with placebo.
This combination of receptor effects mimics some of the properties of alcohol and therefore may be a safe alternative for alcohol-dependent persons.
As the environmental risk factors and genetic risk factors are clarified, clinicians will have an enhanced ability to choose the best medication, or combination of medications, for the desired outcome of reduced alcohol use.
A mechanism for improved outcomes is likely to involve an increase in clinician education regarding recognition of the disorder and treatment options. Cost-effectiveness of adjuvant treatment with acamprosate in maintaining abstinence in alcohol dependent patients.
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Due its special physicochemical properties, taurine is unable to cross the blood-brain barrier. They are also precursors of hormone synthesis and low-molecular nitrogenous substances [1]. The N-isopropyl derivative (named taltrimide) is now commercially but it is not approved for therapeutic use as the anticonvulsive effects of taltrimide observed in animal experiments were not confirmed in clinical trials. However, introducing certain substituents, such as nitro, methyl, and chloro, into the N-phenyl ring lead to more active compounds in the MES test in comparison to the unsubstituted derivatives (Table 1). Compound VIII showed the best activity when tested in rotarod method (used to assess motor coordination and balance in rodents) than other compounds and greater than valproate and diazepam when its effects were calculated from both the MES and PST test and compound I showed toxicity [37].
This feature, whereby many taurine derivatives such as ethanolamine-O-sulphate (EOS), 2-aminoethylphosphonic acid (AEP), dimethyltaurine (DMT) and trimethyltaurine (TMT) (Figure 4) induced hyperthermia through the antagonism of GABAA and GABAB was studied by Frosini et al. Studies also showed that ?-L-glutamyltaurine could prevent the genotoxic action of mitomycin C (MMC) in rat bone marrow cells using the micronucleus test [41]. N-Pivaloyltaurine (Figure 8) is a prodrug of taurine that is slightly converted to taurine in the brain and shown to perform the same as taurine in striatal dopamine production [46]. In addition to the neuroprotective properties of TAU-15, it is claimed that besides the aforementioned actions, taurepar also has a positive effect in spinal cord compression [48]. Furthermore, unlike taurine, it does not depend on the taurine transporter to exert its functions, as it is more lipophilic. Taken together, these data suggest that the endogenous taurine system may be an important modulator of the effects of ethanol on the nervous system, and may represent a novel therapeutic avenue for the development of medications to treat alcohol abuse and alcoholism [53]. It induces apoptosis through the appearance of cytocrome C, which is normally in the mitocondria, in the cytoplasm, and stimulating the activation of procaspases 8 and 9. In the three patients studied, acamprosate was associated with improved linguistic abilities. In addition to investigating the effectiveness and tolerability of acamprosate in youth with Fragile X syndrome, IU School of Medicine researchers are assessing neurobiological differences between Fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum disorders of unknown cause. Up to two thirds of individuals with Fragile X syndrome display evidence of autism spectrum disorders.


His clinical training emphasized biopsychosocial approaches to health and wellness, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), neurofeedback, biofeedback, cranial electrical stimulation (CES), and QEEG. Therefore, this study investigated the cost effectiveness of acamprosate in the treatment of alcoholism in Germany from the perspective of the German healthcare system. Based on the naturalistic design of the underlying clinical trial and on this economic evaluation, it can be concluded that adjuvant acamprosate therapy leads to net savings under ‘real world’ conditions. She plans on continuing her development as a practitioner in the managed care arena post-residency. This result was not statistically significant and naltrexone's numerical superiority was lost after the 12-week medication phase. At the end of 12 months, 55.9% of the patients dropped out of the trial or were lost to follow-up and were considered not abstinent.
Of the total enrolled population, 32% had relapsed even before treatment initiation while undergoing detoxification. Naltrexone significantly increases acamprosate levels (approximately 25%), with a more pronounced effect at higher doses. The Type A alcoholic appears to demonstrate no difference in drinking behavior with an SSRI compared with placebo.64,65 There is a possible relationship between symptoms of anxiety and depression with the use of alcohol, primarily to self-medicate.
However, the data at present are not clear enough to give a definitive preferred choice for any particular patient. These options include availability of various types of psychotherapy for patients and access to alcohol dependence medication. In addition of injured taurine transport systems under pathological conditions, CNS supplementation of taurine is almost null. Taurine (2-aminoethanesulfonic acid) is a ?-AA and is the most abundant amino acid in mammals, being widely distributed in the CNS occupying the second place after glutamate in relation of its concentration, which differs depending on the regions of brain activity and animal species studied [2] and presenting different functions, which have been studied for their potential in neurology as a trophic factor in brain development, in regulating calcium transport, in the integrity of the eardrum, as osmoregulator, neurotransmitter, neuromodulator and for its neuroprotective action [3].Taurine was first isolated from ox bile for over 150 years, it was considered a sulfur metabolism end product with no biological activity [4]. Besides the GABAA agonistic activity, taurine also increases GABA levels, enhancing the production of the two isoforms of the glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD 65 and 67), involved in the GABA synthesis [23].Taurine is involved in the modulation of the excitotoxicity produced by glutamate, through the regulation of calcium homeostasis. In contrast, the seizures increased statistically significantly during taltrimide treatment, suggesting a proconvulsant effect of taltrimide in humans and the reason for this remains obscure [34].Isoherranen and co-workers [35] synthesized novel valproyltaurinamide derivatives (Figure 2), that could act not only as mutual prodrugs of valproic acid (VPA) and taurine, but also as a hybrid one. In the rotarod test for neurotoxicity effects were observed with a methyl substituent in the N-phenyl ring [36]. It was entered phase III clinical trials but failed to demonstrate efficacy in long-term clinical testing of cognitive improvement [44]. In another report, tauropyrone was claimed to prevent the oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) cell-damage, attenuating the production of lactate dehydrogenase, and the OGD-stimulated excitotoxicity by means of glutamate release [50]. It was found that cysteic acid and taurocholic acid (Figure 11) had the best effect in the reduction of ethanol intake. Indeed, in 2004, acamprosate (Campral™) was approved by the FDA for use in treating alcohol dependence.
Furthermore, taurolidine is known to increase the level of the protein Bax, decreasing the levels of Bcl-2, Mcl-1 and survivin.
During five months of treatment all three showed unexpected marked communication improvement. IURTC works to enhance the research and development capability of Indiana University, creating new Indiana-based companies, and provides support for entrepreneurial development. Currently, there are only 3 FDA-approved agents for the treatment of alcohol dependence: naltrexone, acamprosate, and disulfiram. This prioritizing of alcohol as most important generally results in a downward spiral of social and health status. It has been demonstrated to increase the serum levels of these 3 medications due to enzymatic inhibition. The efficacy measures that naltrexone most consistently demonstrated a favorable response to compared with placebo were the proportion of patients relapsing into heavy drinking and overall amount drunk per study period.
The most common adverse events were mild-to-moderate diarrhea (10 acamprosate-treated patients, 11 placebo-treated patients) and headache (7 acamprosate-treated patients, 9 placebo-treated patients).
Only 35% of patients completed the entire 6-month study, with withdrawal mostly due to poor compliance, worsening of condition, or a serious adverse effect.
Recently, several researchers have reported the physiological function of taurine in the liver, kidney, heart, pancreas, retina and brain and the fact that its depletion is associated a several disease conditions such as diabetes [5,6,7], Parkinson’s [8], Alzheimer’s [9,10], cardiovascular diseases [11,12,13], and neuronal damages in the retina [14].Even though taurine is the most abundant free AA in mammals, man and cats lack the ability to synthesize taurine in sufficient quantities [15]. The purpose of this work was to obtain better a valproic acid, an antiepileptic drug useful against a variety of types of epileptic seizures and compounds devoid of teratogenic effects. In more recent research, the OGD model was used to evaluate taurine analogues that are GABA-T inhibitors. The former enhanced the ethanol-induced sleep time and the latter reduced the onset of sleep [54].
In a previous clinical trial report, acamprosate was also seen to be benefitial in alcohol-dependent individuals with bipolar disorder [44].
TRD has shown encouraging clinical results after intravenous administration in patients with gastrointestinal malignancies and tumors of the central nervous system [59]. The variance of the target variable under ‘real world’ conditions was simulated and the impact of the model variables on the target variable was quantified using a deterministic model.
The literature suggests that there may be varying expectations for the potential beneficial outcomes associated with each of these medications.
The proportion of patients taking naltrexone and relapsing into heavy drinking before the end of these studies varied considerably and ranged from 8% to 93%. One of the secondary end points was alcohol craving, which was not significantly improved with acamprosate treatment. Although an ITT analysis was performed, it is unclear as to whether the 21 patients withdrawing from treatment were truly accounted for. Taurine deficits have been implicated in several CNS diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy and in the damage of retinal neurons. The biosynthesis takes place in the liver and starts from methionine, through cysteine, leading to cysteine-sulfonic acid which is converted to hypotaurine and taurine (Scheme 1). It is known that glutamate has affinity for N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, through which the calcium influx occurs.
Furthermore, the study mentioned that the taurine receptor has a conformation which only allows the interaction of derivatives with the two functional groups in a axial-equatorial position. Piperidine 3-sulfinic acid (PSA), aniline 2-sulfinic acid (ANSA) (Figure 10) and TAHS (Figure 5) were also able to reduce lactate dehydrogenase and glutamate release, due to an increase in the GABAergic transmission caused by a reduction in the GABA metabolism [51,52].
Art and co-workers showed severe hepatotoxicity with taurolidine and the failure to inhibit primary osteosarcoma tumor growth in mice. Fisher also received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.
The variance was broad and the rate of abstinence under acamprosate was the independent variable with the greatest impact on the target variable.
Double-blind randomized multicentre trial of acamprosate in maintaining abstinence from alcohol. Treatment with naltrexone has consistently demonstrated a decrease in overall alcohol consumption and fewer relapses when compared with placebo. This review describes the CNS physiological functions of taurine and the development of new derivatives based on its structure useful in CNS disease treatment. This event activates a cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)-mediated pathway, culminating in the activation of the protein kinase C (PKC), responsible for the reduction of the magnesium block of NMDA channels, increasing the calcium influx and excitotoxicity [24].In a stress situation, the neurotoxicity trigger is activated by an excess of glutamate delivery and taurine is quickly evocated for delivery in this situation [25]. This explains why a derivative such as cis-amino-cyclohexaenesulfonic acid (CAHS) induces hypothermia whereas its trans-derivative (TAHS) is inactive (Figure 5). However, more studies are needed to balance its benefits and toxicity in cancer treatment [60]. Acamprosate has been associated with an improvement in maintaining abstinence and more total days of continuous abstinence compared with placebo.
Evidence of the taurine neuroprotective effects from ?-amyloid action and glutamate receptor agonists involves the neutralization of the NMDA receptors, reduction of the glutamate delivery and the NO superproduction via GABA A activation. Tolerability of the combination of acamprosate with drugs used to prevent alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Disulfiram treatment has yielded inconsistent results in reducing alcohol consumption when compared with placebo, and observed administration may be the only way to ensure compliance. In fact, this strongly suggests the taurine prevention in Alzheimer?s disease and other neurological disorders [26]. In general, since disulfiram treatment has not demonstrated long-term efficacy and because of its risk for causing hepatotoxicity, it is not considered a first-line medication option. Similar results were observed in the neuroprotection by taurine against the excess of ammonia and cerebral edema [27,28].Because taurine has a sulfonic acid instead a carboxylic acid group it presents unique physical properties in comparison to other neuroactive AAs that make it difficult to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB).
Other pharmacologic options with differing effects on neurotransmitters also are being studied.
Each agent, with its unique mechanism of action, seems to play a role in treating alcohol dependence, either as monotherapy or as part of polypharmacy.
Relapse prevention by acamprosate: results from a placebo-controlled study on alcohol dependence.
Future research is necessary to help specify which patient characteristics will predict the most effective pharmacologic treatment plan for the management of alcohol dependence. The low passive diffusion of taurine occurs because of its cyclic conformational form with intra-molecular hydrogen bonding [15].
The concentrations of taurine in the CNS are dependent on feeding and a complex transport across TauT specific complex systems at the blood brain barrier (BBB) and it may be involved in the maintenance of taurine levels in the brain in order to protect it against CNS damage [29].It was reported that the TauT at the BBB was reduced in spontaneously hypertensive rats in comparison with normotensive rats [30].
Also, in other disease conditions or oxidative stress processes, CNS transport of taurine at the BBB fails [29]. Taurine levels were increased in the brain interstitial fluid in ischemia [31] and in the acute phase of Parkinson’s [32]. However, in a chronic situation of the same disease (Parkinson’s), taurine levels are low [8].
Empfehlungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Klinische Pharmakologie und Therapie zur Durchfuhrung und Bewertung pharmakookonomischer Studien. Discounting of health benefits in the pharmacoeconomic analysis of drug therapies an issue for debate? A cost—utility analysis of second—line chemotherapy in metastatic breast cancer: docetaxel versus paclitaxel versus vinorelbine. Accuracy of the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test for screening of alcoholism in patients of a medical department. Pharmakookonomie als entscheidungshilfe in der arzneimittelversorgung: perspektiven aus Sicht der GKV.




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