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Question:

Are there any medications to help me stop using cocaine?

Answered by: Eric Collins

Unfortunately, not yet. Dozens of medications have been tested to determine if they might help people maintain cocaine abstinence. And, despite occasionally promising reports, no medication has yet demonstrated efficacy greater than placebo in reducing cocaine use among individuals who want to stop using.

There are some potentially promising approaches being tested (some are being tested at Columbia), including vaccines that immunize an individual against feeling the effects of cocaine for at least a few weeks. But these are not yet ready even for widespread testing. It will be a widely publicized, landmark event when researches find a medication that helps people stop using cocaine.