Three drugs Pops Minkel could have tried

April 15, 2009

1. Chantix – for the smoking

“For years now, doctors have been using antidepressants to help people quit smoking, and now a drug that helps people kick their nicotine addiction may be effective as an antidepressant.” (Anti-Smoking Drug Succeeds When Antidepressants Fail | Wired Science)

2. Baclofen – for the drinking

“Finally, convalescing in Paris in 2001…[some guy who wasn’t Pops Minkel] read about a study of a muscle relaxant that had stifled the cravings of a cocaine addict. The drug, baclofen, had also shown efficacy against anxiety and depression. Eager to try it, he prescribed a high dosage for himself. Within a few weeks of starting the regimen, his craving for drink evaporated.” (To Purge Binges, Alcoholic Cardiologist Self-Prescribed an Experimental Drug | Sciam.com)

3. Psilocybin – for the existentialism

“[T]he active ingredient in so-called magic mushrooms[, psilocybin] is believed to affect perception and cognition by acting on the same receptors in the brain that respond to serotonin, a neurotransmitting chemical tied to mood.” (Long Trip: Magic Mushrooms’ Transcendent Effect Lingers | Sciam.com)

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