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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 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
AA Support Groups: Alcoholics anonymous or other peer-based support groups have good success rates of treating alcoholism. Disulfiram can help in some patients by serving as a deterrent if used under proper supervision. Drinking alcohol while taking it makes you incredibly sick. Counseling, outpatient rehab services are other options as is inpatient rehab. Bottom line don't go it alone with just campral. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes, but . . .: There are medications that can help with alcohol craving, but it's most important to have a frank discussion with your doctor about treatments for this. Try to be open-minded about options and avoid anchoring on the idea of using one drug to stop another. "Behavioral therapies", such as Alcoholics Anonymous, are cheap, readily available, and show long-term effectiveness. Discuss with doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My sister committed suicide from a drug/alcohol overdose. I know it depends on the drug(s) & amount of alcohol. Would this been a painful death?
Usually not: People who have witnessed such deaths describe them as peaceful. I'm very sorry about your sister and whatever it was that caused her to decide life wasn't worth living. Our minds play tricks on us, and each of us has times when we are not ourselves. I hope you'll cherish the memories that you had together, and live your own life richly and well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lifetime no appetite! um, little prob with alcohol, hit 225#s as 5'9" male. Quit 2 years ago, yay! now 50, below target 170, dropping fast! dietician can't spoon feed me! good drug to make me hungry?
They aren't aware: Alcohol use is a widely accepted way to relax; it is used in many social contexts. People may put pressure on each other to drink, to be part of the "party." people don't tend to put it in the same category as other drugs because they're in denial about the harm it can lead to in some individuals. Although awareness is growing, many are equally blase about nicotine. ...Read more
One could.: Some part of it could be hereditary and more so also societal in the sense if parents, siblings and friends have the similar problems, it is more likely to happen to you. ...Read more
Liver enzymes: Alcohol can cause the enzymes in your liver (chemical which process medications) to act faster or slower which means the amount of medication in your blood may be unpredictable. Most antibiotics are less effective in the presence of alcohol. Some can make you very sick e.g. metronidazole. Alcohol enhances the sedative effect of medicines like strong pain killers, sleeping tablets, mood stabilisers ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many strategies: In addition to dr. Blixt's fine suggestions, avoiding sugar & taking high doses of vitamins b1, b3 and b6 can be very helpful. Those who crave alcohol usually have hereditary metabolic imbalances & often are also addicted to sugar, caffeine & tobacco. They are often depressed. It is important to address these issues as well. The vitamin cure for alcoholism by abram hoffer md is a great resource. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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