Calcium in alcoholism drug may be what prevents relapse

A research team finds calcium ions on acamprosate might be doing the work

By Bethany Brookshire, 12:49 PM March 20, 2014

Many drugs on the market work in mysterious ways.  Scientists still don’t know how aspirin works. They still don’t know how Prozac works, or any of the antipsychotics. But how a drug works is not necessarily important. When you need to prevent suffering and death, what is important is that the drug works, and works safely. How it works can wait.

But sometimes when a drug mechanism reveals itself, it’s a surprise. That was the case in a recent study of acamprosate, one of four drugs approved in...

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