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Acamprosate (generic for Campral)

  • What is acamprosate?
    Acamprosate (or acamprosate calcium) is a medication used to help individuals with alcohol use disorder (AUD) maintain abstinence from drinking and reduce the risk of relapse. While acamprosate is helpful for many people with AUD, it should be taken along with other treatments such as counseling or support groups for best results.

    Talk to your health care provider about whether or not acamprosate is right for you.

  • What are the common side effects of acamprosate?
    Acamprosate has been shown to cause some side effects. Talk to your health care provider if these adverse reactions do not go away within a few days.

Common side effects reported from acamprosate use include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth

This is not a complete list of all possible side effects caused by acamprosate.

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Frequently asked questions about acamprosate

Acamprosate (or acamprosate calcium) is a medication used to help individuals with alcohol use disorder (AUD) maintain abstinence from drinking and reduce the risk of relapse. It's believed to work by restoring a chemical balance in the brain that has been disrupted by long-term alcohol use. Acamprosate binds to certain receptors in the brain that are involved in regulating emotions and motivation. It may also help people affected by AUD cope better with stress and improve their overall mood.

While acamprosate is helpful for many people with AUD, it should be taken along with other treatments such as counseling or support groups for best results. Additionally, those taking acamprosate should abstain from drinking or else risk serious health consequences arising from combining it with alcohol.

Acamprosate is available under the brand name Campral. It is only available via a prescription from a licensed health care provider.

Acamprosate has been approved by the FDA as a treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) and alcohol dependence. It is not a cure for alcoholism but helps individuals who are struggling to quit drinking alcohol maintain their abstinence by reducing cravings and other symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Alcohol use disorder is the medical term for excessive alcohol use, or the inability to control one’s drinking habits. Drinking large amounts of alcohol can put both your health and safety at risk. AUD includes binge drinking– when a male has 5 or more drinks within 2 hours or a female has 4 or more drinks within 2 hours. Alcohol use disorder can seriously affect personal relationships, work habits, and lifestyle.

If left untreated, excessive drinking can also lead to serious medical problems such as high blood pressure (hypertension), kidney problems, kidney disease, cirrhosis and liver disease.

Cirrhosis occurs in the late stages of liver disease and is characterized by permanent scarring of the liver tissue. As the organ tries to repair itself, it creates scar tissue. This scar tissue is permanent and may affect the function of the liver. If left untreated, late-stage cirrhosis can be potentially life-threatening.

Common symptoms of cirrhosis include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Easy bleeding and/ or bruising
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Itchy skin
  • Weight loss
  • Edema (swelling) in the legs, feet, and ankles
  • Fluid build up in the abdomen (ascites)
  • Discolored urine
  • Blood in the stool
  • Redness in the palms of the hands
  • Spider-like blood vessels under the skin
  • Men: Loss of sex drive, breast enlargement, shrunken testicles
  • Women: Premature menopause (absent or lost periods)

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, talk to your health care provider. Cirrhosis can be effectively treated if detected in its early stages, and late-stage cirrhosis can be fatal. While there is no cure for cirrhosis, you can limit damage to the liver and other internal organs by seeking treatment sooner rather than later.

Acamprosate is a medication used to help individuals with alcohol use disorder (AUD) maintain abstinence from drinking by reducing withdrawal symptoms that may cause a relapse. It works by targeting certain neurotransmitters in the brain that are implicated in the development and maintenance of AUD. Specifically, it binds to glutamate receptors in the brain, blocking their activity and reducing levels of glutamate, which in turn reduces the craving for alcohol and other withdrawal symptoms.

Additionally, acamprosate helps restore balance between the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which helps calm nerves, and glutamate which is involved in triggering cravings.

The exact mechanism of action of acamprosate is not fully understood; however, current research suggests that it may work by altering pathways within the central nervous system involved in addiction. Studies show that when combined with lifestyle modifications such as counseling or support groups, acamprosate can be a powerful tool for helping people with AUD maintain abstinence from drinking for a longer period of time.

While acamprosate has proven to be effective at helping people with AUD stay sober, it is important to remember that it should not be taken as a substitute for other forms of treatment such as counseling or community support groups. It should also be noted that taking acamprosate alone does not guarantee sobriety; rather it should be seen as an adjunct treatment of alcohol dependence that assists the maintenance of abstinence.

Acamprosate is not approved for use as a treatment for other forms of substance use disorders.

Mild side effects have been reported from acamprosate use. Talk to your doctor if these symptoms become severe or do not go away after a few days.

Mild side effects reported from acamprosate use include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating

In addition to these physical side effects, some people taking acamprosate may experience psychological side effects such as agitation, confusion, or depression. Other possible side effects could include increased heart rate or blood pressure and chest pain or tightness. While these symptoms are usually mild and short-lived they may be more pronounced in certain individuals depending on their health status or other medications being taken in conjunction with acamprosate. If any of these side effects occur it is important to contact a doctor for medical advice as soon as possible.

More serious side effects of acamprosate use include:

  • Feelings of depression or sadness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Burning, tingling, or numbness in the hands, feet, arms, or legs
  • Rash

If you begin to feel chest tightness or experience a rash, seek medical attention right away. These are signs of a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

Acamprosate has been shown to alter mood in sudden and unexpected ways. If you begin to experience feelings of sadness, isolation, depression, or suicidal thoughts, talk to a health care provider right away.

Tell your doctor about any prescription drugs or supplements you are taking before starting treatment with acamprosate. Let your doctor know if you are currently taking other drugs for alcohol use disorder (such as naltrexone or disulfiram). Additionally, talk to your doctor about any medical conditions you are managing before starting treatment.

Acamprosate may affect your thinking and decision-making. Do not operate heavy machinery or drive a car until you have tried the medication and learned how it does or does not affect you.

Finally, let your doctor know if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant before starting treatment with acamprosate. If you become pregnant while taking acamprosate, inform your health care provider immediately. Do not take acamprosate if you are currently breastfeeding.

Acamprosate is supplied as an oral tablet. This medication should not be used if you are still drinking alcohol, but after you have achieved abstinence.

The exact dosage you are prescribed may vary depending on your medical history, your age, and the severity of your condition.

Swallow the tablets whole, do not crush or chew the medication. You can take this medication with or without food.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, you should skip the missed dose and take the next one as scheduled.

Keep acamprosate in a closed container at room temperature. Avoid exposing this medication to excessive heat or moisture. Keep all medication containers out of reach for small children.

Do not exceed the dosage prescribed, or discontinue the use of acamprosate without consulting your health care provider first.

Acamprosate is currently only available via prescription. This means that a licensed health care provider must authorize the use of this medication.

If you are looking for a prescription, doctors on Sesame can write a prescription–or refill an existing one–during a virtual or in-person visit. Note that not all drugs can be prescribed via an online video appointment. In some cases, an in-person doctor visit is required for a prescription.

Depending on the medication, you can arrange for same-day pickup at your pharmacy. Book an appointment with a provider on Sesame today to discuss whether or not acamprosate is right for you.

Note that all prescriptions are at the discretion of your health care provider. Sesame cannot guarantee that you will be provided a prescription after a video or in-person appointment. Providers on Sesame are unable to prescribe controlled substances. For more information about controlled substances, check out the Drug Enforcement Agency’s scheduling guidelines here.

Good news! If deemed clinically appropriate, providers on Sesame can write a prescription for acamprosate to be picked up near you – often within the same day! Simply talk to a clinician and get your online doctor prescription or refill ordered right away for fast and convenient pickup from a pharmacy of your choice.

Note that all prescriptions are at the discretion of your healthcare provider.

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