Washington: Propranolol, a common drug prescribed in hypertension and anxiety, seems to be effective in treating cocaine addiction in animal models.Cocaine is one of the worst addictions to kick with about 80 percent of those trying to quit experiencing a relapse within six months. This is the first time that a therapeutic treatment has been shown to block the retrieval of memories associated with cocaine habit, a major reason many addicts experience relapse, study co-author Devin Mueller was quoted as saying by the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.
The success of exposure therapy, however, is limited. Combining therapy with the use of propranolol, says Mueller, would boost the effectiveness of the treatment. IANS
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