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Can you take the medications topamax (topiramate) and campral together?

Can you take the medications topamax (topiramate) and campral together?

Yes: These meds could be taken together, I am not aware if any studies have been done studying these meds together and if that increases rates of abstinance from alcohol. But in theory they may complement each other. I will emphazie however that medications alone are rarely if ever enough to stop problem drinking but can be helpful if used with psycosocial support such as aa or counseling. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take the medications topamax (topiramate) or campral while taking talwin nx?

Is it okay to take the medications topamax (topiramate) or campral while taking talwin nx?

Yes: There are no contraindications to taking these two medications together. They both can cause drowsiness so there may be an additive effect from that standpoint. ...Read more

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How effective is campral?

How effective is campral?

It only assists you: 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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Can campral be taken without food?

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Can campral be taken without food?

Campral: Although clinical trials were done using Campral with meals (3 times daily), it can be taken without food. ...Read more

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Does campral and have rage effects on a somewhat lasting basis?

Does campral and have rage effects on a somewhat lasting basis?

No: Depression is a serious side effect of campral, but rage is uncommon and would not be prolonged. Perhaps these feelings are related to abstention from alcohol. ...Read more

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I just started campral yesterday. How long does it normally take to start seeing therapeutic benefits.

I just started campral yesterday. How long does it normally take to start seeing therapeutic benefits.

Use with support: You are taking Campral for alcohol dependence. You want to know how long to expect effect. Taking Campral will require a support group to help. The medication will take awhile to work in your brain. Using a support group to help when you feel overwhelmed will help. You didn't get this way overnight so it's going to take a while to recover. Good luck. ...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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Is campral usually addictive?

No: For something to be addictive it has to cause either tolerance or withdrawal, it has to become a salent part of the patients life, & there has to be loss of control. There are no reports to my knowledge of Campral meeting these criteria. In fact, it is quite useful to decrease cravings for alcohol in someone addicted to alcohol. ...Read more

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How long after drinking can you begin taking campral?

TEnter an answer sum: Campral may be started immediately. It is used to stop drinking alcohol. If that is not your goal, do not take it. This must be done under your doctor's direction. ...Read more

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Can a person be on campral and still drink if in moderation?

Can a person be on campral and still drink if in moderation?

Nope: Check out the Campral website, it clearly states not recommended and will not work. Campral is intented to be used along with other forms of support for people seeking abstinence. If someone is trying to be abstinent and has a relapse or "slip" they should discuss this with their doctor, however the medication is not meant to make a moderate drinker out of a problem drinker, absolutely not! ...Read more

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Is there typically a follow up with doctors when using campral?

Is there typically a follow up with doctors when using campral?

Many...: There should be strict follow-ups/support during this process; speak with your doctor regarding this! ...Read more

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Is there any medicine besides campral that helps with alcohol cravings?

Is there any medicine besides campral that helps with alcohol cravings?

Yes: Naltrexone helps with cravings and comes in pill or an injection that lasts 30 days. Other meds that have also shown some promise are topamax, (topiramate) baclofen, neurontin, odansetron, bases on genetics, some people respond to certain meds better than others. All can help if motivated and getting other support. ...Read more

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What to do if I have campral to help me get off alcohol but its from 2009, will it still work to take?

What to do if I have campral to help me get off alcohol but its from 2009, will it still work to take?

Depends: Most medications, if kept in a cool and dry place, may last much longer than the expiration dates that are on the bottle, and in some cases will keep most, if not all of their potency for a decade or more. Other medications, like tetracycline, become toxic over several years. Acamprosate is an Amino Acid derivative, and is probably ok. However,Campral requires a counseling program to work.Get help ...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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Are naltrexone or campral effective?

Are naltrexone or campral effective?

Yes: and they are MASSIVELY under prescribed. The current issue of JAMA has an important article on this issue, as well as an editorial. Only a handful of patients who could benefit from these drugs every receive them. There is evidence of a genetic susceptibility to success with these drugs, especially naltrexone. They are meant to be combined with counseling and other therapies, and double success. ...Read more