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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
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
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
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
No: I don't find any serious drug interactions listed for campral. ...Read more
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
Many...: There should be strict follow-ups/support during this process; speak with your doctor regarding this! ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Not for children &: Teens in this country. I've never heard of their use in adults, but the psychiatrists on panel may have. The stimulants methylphenidate & amphetamine remain 1st line treatment with 80-90% efficacy when doses are titrated for optimal effect without significant side effects. Non- stimulants atomoxetine & long-acting Guanfacine have ~ 65% efficacy when used as single agents titrated optimally. ...Read more
Nothing: If you drink alcohol when you take campral, you do not have side effects. It's not like Antabuse (disulfiram) [you feel sick if you drink and take Antabuse (disulfiram) at the same time]. Campral helps you when you are withdrawing from alcohol: feeling anxious, trouble sleeping, sweating. What kind of support do you have? Congrats on making important changes in your life! ...Read more
Campral/Cymbalta: Yes, as prescribed.Get a more detailed answer ›
Be patient: Campral will help with some issues related to stopping drinking, it helps calm the brain that becomes overly excited from alcohol. So it can help you and your brain be "calmer". Though Campral alone is not a cure to stop your habit. It must be used with other forms of support such as counseling or aa meetings. What it does is make those things more effective early in your sobriety. ...Read more
Campral: Works fairly well if taken 3 times a day, and in conjunction with Rehabilitation program. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
6 months: My practice is to see people monthly on it for the first 3 months, making sure they are going to counseling, aa or the appropriate follow up care. I want my patients to have 6 months of solid recovery (no drinking, feeling better, in treatment) before talking about stopping it - that may be a year or more into their treatment. ...Read more
Yes: Acamprosate has no known drug interactions, and can be used safely with the other medications. Your doctor should have explained to you the many forms of hidden alcohol you need to avoid when taking Antabuse (disulfiram). If different doctors are prescribing the different medicines, you need to let them know all the medicines you are taking. ...Read more