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Epilepsy drug shows promise for treating cocaine addiction

Undated-AP -- Researchers say cocaine addicts who took a drug for epilepsy stopped craving and using cocaine.

It was the first test of the medicine in humans for cocaine addiction and involved only 20 addicts, so the work is preliminary. The drug hasn't been approved for use in the United States and can cause vision problems over the long term. But experts are impressed and say more studies are called for.

A researcher says eight of 20 long-term addicts stopped using cocaine. And he says they haven't relapsed for 75 days or more so far, even though they stopped taking the medication a month ago.

The researcher is at New York University. The study is in an online edition of the journal Synapse.

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