The normal recommended dose of Campral is 2 tablets taken 3 times a day. The drug can be taken without food, but it is advised that you take it with lunch, breakfast, and dinner. If you have had trouble with your kidneys your doctor may alter this dosage to reduce the affect on your system. If you have had severe kidney issues, you should avoid taking this drug. For proper usage, and to enjoy the full benefits of taking Campral, you should not start treatment with this medicine until after you have undergone detoxification and have abstained from alcohol use. Regardless, always take Acamprosate as directed by your health care provider.
If you experience any of these side effects speak to your doctor if they persist. If you experience any other unusual side effects or symptoms you should report them to your doctor as not all possible side effects may be reported.
The active ingredient in Campral is acamprosate. Doctors do not fully understand how acamprosate works, but data suggests that it facilitates a restoration of chemical balances in the brain to how they were before alcohol abuse took place. Essentially, it helps your brain function how it should without any disruption from alcohol use or alcohol withdrawal. It works especially well when used along side therapy, as it facilitates your brain's normal functioning without the disruption of alcohol. Campral is also a brand name, manufactured by Forest Laboratories Inc.
Your doctor or psychiatrist may have prescribed Campral to you if he or she believes you may be suffering from alcohol dependence. Alcohol dependence, or alcoholism, is generally difficult to diagnose, but it is typically considered when drinking alcohol has begun to affect your social life, your health, or your responsibilities. Alcoholism is also considered when you have difficulty cutting down your drinking, when withdrawal occurs if you quit drinking, if you are preoccupied by acquiring or consuming alcohol, or when you have built up a noticeable tolerance to alcohol's effects. The drug is suggested to be avoided by pregnant or breast feeding mothers. You should also not take Acamprosate if you are allergic or sensitive to acamprosate or any of the other ingredients in Campral. Finally, your doctor or psychiatrist may have prescribed this medication alongside a form of psychotherapy. If so, it is imperative that you participate in your therapy while taking Campral in order to maximize the benefits of your treatment.