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Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 485178, 3 pages
Case Report

Management of Gamma-Butyrolactone Dependence with Assisted Self-Administration of GBL

Department of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, University Hospital Zurich, Ramistraße 100, 8091 Zurich, Switzerland

Received 24 April 2014; Accepted 17 June 2014; Published 26 June 2014

Academic Editor: Paola Sandroni

Copyright © 2014 Rafael Meyer et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and its liquid precursor gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) have become increasingly popular beyond the clubbing culture resulting in daily consumption and dependence in the broader population. This case report illustrates the challenges of managing GHB-withdrawal and a possibly superior future approach of its management by titration and tapering of the addictive agent.