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The Role of Topiramate in the Management of Cocaine Addiction: a Possible Therapeutic Option

[ Vol. 13 , Issue. 6 ]

Author(s):

Antonio Siniscalchi, Antonello Bonci, Nicola Biagio Mercuri, Domenico Pirritano, Aida Squillace, Giovambattista De Sarro and Luca Gallelli   Pages 815 - 818 ( 4 )

Abstract:


Topiramate (TPM) is an antiepileptic drug able to play a role in both neurological and psychiatric disorders. TPM facilitates gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) transmission and inhibits glutamatergic transmission (i.e. AMPA/kainate receptors). </p> <p> Several studies reported that the modulation of GABAergic and glutamatergic synaptic transmission may reduce cocaine reinforcement. Therefore, TPM could be used in the management of cocaine dependence.

Keywords:

Cocaine dependence, gamma-aminobutyric acid neurotransmission, glutamatergic neurotransmission, topiramate.

Affiliation:

Clinical Specialist (Neurologist), Department of Neurology, Annunziata Hospital, Via F. Migliori, 1 - 87100 Cosenza, Italy.

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