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Topiramate is an anticonvulsant drug that is also used to treat alcohol dependence. It works by increasing the activity of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which helps to reduce the craving for alcohol. It also blocks certain receptors in the brain that are involved in the reward pathway associated with alcohol and drug use. By doing so, Topiramate can help reduce the pleasurable effects of alcohol, which in turn can decrease the desire to drink. However, it is important to note that Topiramate is not a cure for alcoholism and should only be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes behavioral therapies and support from a healthcare professional.