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Alcoholism Drug Beats Tinnitus

Tuesday, 27 September 2005 12:00 AM

A common drug for treating alcoholism may turn out to be a blessing for millions of people who suffer from tinnitus or "ringing in the ears."

The finding comes from a small but dramatic study by ear specialists at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

The drug, Campral, was approved by the FDA last year to treat alcohol dependency - but the Brazilian research team found that it greatly helped 87% of the 25 tinnitus patients who received it. Further, Campral caused very few side effects.

If it turns out to be an effective treatment, Campral could have a massive impact around the world.

In the U.S. alone there are estimated to be over 12 million people with tinnitus, and there are currently no medications known to be effective against it.

Top experts at the Los Angeles meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, where the study was presented, said the new research is very encouraging but warned that further studies are necessary.

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