Drug Shows Promise for Help in Preventing Relapse

A new study — on mice, not people — shows promising results with the use of a drug called Mifepristone to reduce relapse stemming from high stress levels. The drug was initially commercialized by the name RU-486, a drug that is widely used for inducing terminations of pregnancy. “It seems to impede the activity of progesterone and cortisol in the brain that play a major role in supporting alcoholism and relapse.” The article about the study goes on to say:

“’It’s well-known that stress can lead to relapse in people who are trying not to drink. Until now, we have had very few interventions that showed potential as possible treatments,’ commented senior author Selena E. Bartlett, PhD, director of medications development at the Gallo Center.” The study was conducted by researchers from the University of California San Francisco and the Earnest Gallo Clinic.

Read the full article HERE


  1. Steve S on November 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I just wanted to offer one word of caution. Ever more studies on lab mice are showing not to be transferrable to humans. This is a developing problem in pharmaceutical medicine in general.