Medicine: Accidental Help for Alcoholics

Because his wife had a common vaginal disorder, a Los Angeles man accidentally found noticeable relief from his alcoholism.

This curious medical coincidence was noted by Endocrinologist Dr. Jo Ann Taylor, who had prescribed metronidazole (trade name Flagyl) for a woman suffering from trichomonas vaginalis. The infection causes an unpleasant itching or burning of the vaginal canal, and because it can be contracted and retransmitted through sexual intercourse, Dr. Taylor put her patient's husband on Flagyl too. And that was how she discovered the drug may be far more than a potent trichamonacide.


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