GPs should try this muscle relaxant for alcoholism, specialist says

OFF-LABEL use of the muscle relaxant baclofen holds promise as a new treatment for chronic alcoholism without the need to achieve total abstinence, a specialist says.

Perth emergency medicine specialist Dr Amanda Stafford (pictured) says she’s on a mission to convince GPs to try it on their patients given what she says is the poor efficacy of pharmacotherapeutic options such as naltrexone, acamprosate and disulfiram.

“This is a new paradigm in treatment because it also treats anxiety – thoughts about alcohol disappear and