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Doctor insights on: Acamprosate Medication

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What do you advise if I'm worried about taking acamprosate?

What do you advise if I'm worried about taking acamprosate?

What are you worried: About? Acamprosate has very few, if any, side effects in most people. It may have some GI effects (queasiness and diarrhea) but even that is unusual. I have treated hundreds of patients with this drug without a single patient having any serious side effects or discontinuing the medication. It should be used together with a counseling program. Talk with your doctor and/or counselor about fears. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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Acamprosate (Definition)

Acamprosate is an addiction reducing agent which is a ...Read more


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What is acamprosate (campral)?

What is acamprosate (campral)?

See below: Campral is a modestly effective treatment for alcohol cravings that works by reducing activity at certain subsets of glutamate receptors. ...Read more

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What is acamprosate (campral) best used for?

What is acamprosate (campral) best used for?

Prevent alcohol use: Branded as campral, acamprosate is only indicated/used for the maintenance of alcohol abstinence. Because of it is relatively short half-live, it must be taken as 3pills 3x/day and only works as long as it is being taken. Will power and self-discipline are of utmost important as the medication is only to assist you maintaining abstinence from alcohol. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How effective is acamprosate (Campral) for treating alcoholism?

How effective is acamprosate (Campral) for treating alcoholism?

Campral: Works fairly well if taken 3 times a day, and in conjunction with Rehabilitation program. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Acamprosate allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Acamprosate allergy?

Acamprosate: Acamprosate (Campral) is used in the treatment of alcohol dependence. Allergic reactions could include swelling of tongue, throat, lips, mouth, face, hives or difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take any type of antihistamines when already taking Acamprosate?

Is it ok to take any type of antihistamines when already taking Acamprosate?

Yes: But why? Is it because a side effect of the drug, like itching? If so, better stop the Acamprosate and call/see your doctor, wish you well ...Read more

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Wanted to know if disulfirum and acamprosate really help you to stop drinking alcohol?

Wanted to know if disulfirum and acamprosate really help you to stop drinking alcohol?

Yes: Particularly disulfiram, which if the person actually takes it, has a very high rate of success. Acamprosate and Naltrexone both, in several studies, double the number of people who remain sober at 6 months, and increase the amount of time to relapse. The problem with all these meds, esp Antabuse, is that people are not prescribed them, and if they are, don't take them. Counseling still needed. ...Read more

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How effective are acamprosate and naltrexone for alcohol abuse? Does the literature show one to better than another?

About the same: Acamprosate and naltexone (as well as other drugs) are used to treat alcohol dependence in people who have quit drinking. However, drug therapy must be combined with counseling. These drugs reduce craving but a significant number of treated patients will still relapse. Some physicians have also combined both drugs and suggest a measurable benefit. You should speak with your therapist ...Read more

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I have headache on left side and pulsating pain behind left ear. Can this be related to alcohol detox and taking acampprosate?

I have headache on left side and pulsating pain behind left ear. Can this be related to alcohol detox and taking acampprosate?

Yes: Those could be adverse effects of acamprosate, but GI symptoms and mood problems are more common. More likely the symptoms may be realted to alcohol withdrawal. Have your prescribing doctor check you to be sure you're ok. ...Read more

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What is a "medication HA"?

What is a "medication HA"?

I think: Medication headache....a type of frequent or daily headache. I'm not positive though. Need to see what the context the phrase was used. ...Read more

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What is best pain medication?

What is best pain medication?

There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more

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I need refills on my medications?

Not here: For that you will likely need the prime service of healthtap. Easier to call your pop imo ...Read more

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Are expired medications effective?

Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more

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Which pain medication works better?

No answer: The best drug is the one that works with the lowest side effect incidence. That will change between patients. ...Read more

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Safest medication to take for pain?

ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more

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How can I dispose unused medications?

How can I dispose unused medications?

Several options: You can take them to your local pharmacy for proper disposal. Some medically oriented charities will also take medication for distribution to the disadvantaged. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: topical?

Please describe the medication: topical?

Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more

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What medications are given fordepression?

What medications are given fordepression?

Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What medication is equivalent to covance d?

What medication is equivalent to covance d?

Yes: Covance d is a combination of losartan and hydrochlorthiazide- a diuretic). There are a number of such combinations for the treatment of hypertension. If this is a question of your co-pay, ask your physician about generic alternatives. ...Read more

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What pain medication can be taken for r.S.D.?

What pain medication can be taken for r.S.D.?

RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more

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What medication need to be taken for acidity?

What medication need to be taken for acidity?

Antacid: An h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more

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Would it be okay if I use hash as medication?

Would it be okay if I use hash as medication?

Condition?: There are some conditions that medical marijuana is helpful for. However there can be significant problems related to cannabis use. Thus, would only consider this when prescribed or directed by a physician who is knowledgable in this area. Take care. ...Read more

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I have rhititis. What medication shoud I take?

I have rhititis. What medication shoud I take?

Antihistamine: You can try an over the counter antihistamine to begin with. Would use one that is non drowsy. ...Read more

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The best medication for intertitial cysititis?

The best medication for intertitial cysititis?

Elimiron: Elmiron (pentosan) is a medication that is fda approved for ic (interstitial cystitis). The main way it works is not truly known, but it may help with coating the lining of the bladder. In ic, inflammation may be the main cause of pain. Have you seen a doctor in regards to this? Hopefully, you can get the proper testing and see if this med would work well for you. ...Read more

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What medications are best for managing my pain?

Depends - pain type: This depends on the diagnosis or type of pain you are experiencing. Consult with your physician or pain specialist to determine the right regimen. ...Read more

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Should I feel a particular way on add medication?

Should I feel a particular way on add medication?

Some people do: ADD medications, stimulants in particular may change the way you feel. Some feel calmer or less restless or agitated. Some feel more focused. Some feel increased restlessness. But in short, yes, stimulants can make you feel differently than prior to taking them. ...Read more

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Am I taking too much medication? What should I do?

Am I taking too much medication? What should I do?

Not enough info.: Recommend you go over your medication regimen (to include supplements, vitamins, herbs, prescription medications, over the counter medications, caffeine and alcohol use) with your physician. ...Read more

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