Campral

(acamprosate)

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Treats alcoholism.

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Our bottom line

Campral (acamprosate) reduces your craving for alcohol, but it works better if you're also in a support group.

Quick facts about acamprosate
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (acamprosate)
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 180 333mg tablets
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Upsides

  • Campral (acamprosate) reduces your cravings for alcohol and can help to maintain your sobriety.
  • Unlike other medicines used for alcoholism, Campral (acamprosate) doesn't produce any unpleasant effects if you slip and have a drink. You can keep taking it if you break your sobriety, but talk to your doctor.

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Downsides

  • Campral (acamprosate) can't replace the support you get from counseling or group therapy for maintaining your sobriety.
  • Campral (acamprosate) doesn't treat symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
  • Campral (acamprosate) can be started only for those who have been able to safely stop drinking alcohol.
  • It may be difficult to remember to take Campral (acamprosate) three times daily.
  • If you have severe kidney damage, you can't take Campral (acamprosate).

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How it works

Campral (acamprosate) is a GABA agonist and glutamate antagonist. It lowers your cravings and need for alcohol.

Quick facts about acamprosate
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (acamprosate)

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Dosage forms

  • Delayed release
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What to expect when you take Campral (acamprosate) for Alcoholism

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Side effect rates for Campral (acamprosate)

From 3245 clinical trials of acamprosate when taken for alcohol abuse (1998 mg/day)
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Weakness
  • Anxiety
  • Generalized pain
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Itching
  • Accidental injury

Risks and Warnings for Campral (acamprosate)

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  • Studies found that people taking Campral (acamprosate) had higher rates of suicide. If your mood worsens while taking Campral (acamprosate) or you feel that you want to hurt yourself, talk to your doctor right away.

Common concerns from people taking Campral (acamprosate)

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Alcohol
  • Unlike other medicines used for alcoholism, Campral (acamprosate) doesn't produce any unpleasant effects if you slip and have a drink. You can keep taking it if you break your sobriety, but talk to your doctor.
Kidneys and liver
  • If you have severe kidney damage, you can't take Campral (acamprosate).