Acamprosate is prescribed in conjunction with counseling and social support to assist individuals who have abstained from excessive alcohol consumption (alcoholism) in maintaining their sobriety. Prolonged alcohol consumption adversely affects brain function, and acamprosate functions by restoring normal brain activity in individuals who have consumed substantial quantities of alcohol. Acamprosate does not alleviate withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol cessation.
Uses and Dosage
Acamprosate is administered orally in the form of delayed-release tablets, which release the medication in the intestine. It is typically taken three times a day, with or without food.
Maintaining a consistent schedule by taking acamprosate at approximately the same times each day can help in remembering all three doses. Adhere to the prescribed dosage regimen without making adjustments or taking it more frequently than directed.
The tablets should be swallowed whole and should not be split, chewed, or crushed.
Acamprosate effectively assists in preventing alcohol consumption only while the medication is being taken. Continue taking acamprosate even if there is no immediate intention to resume drinking alcohol. Discontinuing acamprosate should only be done under the guidance of a doctor.
In the event that alcohol is consumed while taking acamprosate, continue the medication and promptly contact a healthcare professional.
Acamprosate does not induce an adverse reaction if alcohol is consumed during treatment.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- upset stomach
- loss of appetite
- dry mouth
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- burning, tingling, or numbness in the hands, feet, arms, or legs
Prior to initiating acamprosate treatment, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any known allergies to the medication or other substances. This product may contain inactive ingredients that could trigger allergic reactions or other complications.
Before using this medication, disclose your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have a history of kidney disease.
This drug has the potential to induce dizziness or drowsiness. Consumption of alcohol or marijuana can intensify these effects. Refrain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in activities that require attentiveness until you can safely do so.
During pregnancy, the use of this medication should only be considered when there is a clear necessity. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.
The extent to which this medication passes into breast milk is currently unknown. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
Campral is available in the following forms and strengths:
Does Campral help with anxiety?
Campral is one type of GABA agonist that serves to relax the patient and reduce anxiety.
Do you have to detox before starting Campral?
In clinical studies, Campral was used in people who had already detoxed and were abstaining from alcohol. Campral might not work if you start it while you’re still drinking.