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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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