Drug could cure ‘shopaholics’
DENVER — You’re in the mall, you see something you just “have” to buy. Can you resist the urge? Some people can’t.
Doctors say being a “shopaholic” is a real, not imagined, condition that affects millions of people.
Now researchers say a pill used to treat Alzheimer’s disease could cure people who can’t control their impulses to spend.
Doctors say the medication Ebixa controls a substance in your brain that urges you to ignore common sense and spend money you may not have.
Dr. Mike Cirigliano of the University of Pennsylvania says, “(Ebixa) works on the chemical glutamate so it’s thought that glutamate may be responsible for people having obsessive compulsive disorder.”
An 8-week study of shoppers between the ages of 18 and 59 show the pill cut down on the amount of money they spent.
The pill could also be the answer for those who don’t respond to counseling designed to treat obsessive compulsive disorder.