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Could campral be used by patients who abuse other substances in addition to alcohol?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
No: Acamprosate has not been fda approved for treatment of other substance abuse problems.
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
No: There is no evidence that acamprosate works for anything other than alcohol abuse. It works to decrease the potential of the brain to make a substance called glutamate, and alcohol abuse is the only known cause of elevating glutamate levels in the brain, so far as i know. There are other medications which may work for other drugs of abuse. If you are having drug problems, talk with your doctor.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
To note however it can be used for cocaine dependence but data is not conclusive such as campral and alcohol
Dec 5, 2012
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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in those patients who always, or almost always, drink prior to using other drugs, the use of alcohol anti-craving medication can be helpful. Am sure there may be ongoing studies of the use of Campral for other indications, but to date, no evidence is available in the medical literature for its use for other indications
Dec 6, 2012

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