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Pharmacological Treatments

  • Mark S. Gold
Part of the Drugs of Abuse book series (DOAC, volume 3)


At this time, the pharmacological treatments for cocaine addiction are adjunctive and are not intended as exclusive stand-alone treatments. Rather, their primary utility stems from helping patients to remain abstinent and involved in other therapies while coping with the craving and withdrawal associated with cocaine. Pharmacological treatments may be used for any bona fide preexisting or concurrent psychiatric conditions. As a result, these pharmacological treatments can be valuable tools in helping a patient to benefit from the behavioral, rehabilitative, psychotherapeutic, family, and group therapy (including self-help) treatment regimen used to promote a successful recovery. Nevertheless, our increasing knowledge of the physiological effects of cocaine has led to numerous attempts to improve and widen the scope of the pharmacotherapy. Table 7.1 lists the most common pharmacological treatments for cocaine dependence.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark S. Gold
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  1. 1.Departments of Neuroscience and PsychiatryUniversity of Florida College of MedicineGainesvilleUSA

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