Science Daily reports that in a test study, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine have discovered that the anti-seizure medicine ezogabine has aided in reduced consumption of alcohol in test participants. Excessive alcohol consumption is one of the leading illnesses in the United States and negatively impacts the work environment and productivity of workers. It also causes health care expenses to sky rocket.
Ezogabine helps to regulate brain activity in the Kv7 channel, which is said to control the positive, rewarding effects of alcohol on the brain. Through this potassium channel, it is thought that with specific dosing, ezogabine could aid in controlling the positive feeling associated with alcohol. More research is needed due to the close proximity of the doses at which ezogabine reduces drinking and those at which is it reported to cause motor impairment.
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