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What can I do in addition to campral to help with my alcohol addiction?

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Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
15 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Brian Fishman
Brian Fishman
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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Several things

I agree that 12 step progams and treatment of coexistant psych problems are imprtant.
However, there are other helpful medications. Campral is relatively weak but sometimes effective. Topamax (topiramate) and Naltrexone (both as a pill and as an injection known as vivitrol) are highly effective. The literature has shown chantix, low dose zofran in early onset alcoholics also to help.

In brief: Several things

I agree that 12 step progams and treatment of coexistant psych problems are imprtant.
However, there are other helpful medications. Campral is relatively weak but sometimes effective. Topamax (topiramate) and Naltrexone (both as a pill and as an injection known as vivitrol) are highly effective. The literature has shown chantix, low dose zofran in early onset alcoholics also to help.
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Dr. Stuart Wasser
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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Part 2 of answer

I have also found depakote, tegretol, and wellbutrin (bupropion) to work.
Antabuse does not help cravings but when used as part of a treatment program helps protect against impulsive use. Be careful about anti-depressents. There are reports of incresed use with certain anti-dpressants in certain alcoholic subtypes.

In brief: Part 2 of answer

I have also found depakote, tegretol, and wellbutrin (bupropion) to work.
Antabuse does not help cravings but when used as part of a treatment program helps protect against impulsive use. Be careful about anti-depressents. There are reports of incresed use with certain anti-dpressants in certain alcoholic subtypes.
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Dr. Stuart Wasser
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Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Dual diagnosis

It is often the case that those who have become addicted also suffer from comorbid problems - emotional or physical.
Carefully screening for them can provide substantial dividends in regards to ultimate prognosis. For example, if a sleep disorder is untreated, the insomnia could be a trigger for using alcohol in the future - regardless of the benefits of aa, campral, or rehab.

In brief: Dual diagnosis

It is often the case that those who have become addicted also suffer from comorbid problems - emotional or physical.
Carefully screening for them can provide substantial dividends in regards to ultimate prognosis. For example, if a sleep disorder is untreated, the insomnia could be a trigger for using alcohol in the future - regardless of the benefits of aa, campral, or rehab.
Dr. K. Olson
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry

In brief: Alcohol treatment

The three medications indicated for alcohol dependence are campral, Naltrexone and antabuse (disulfiram).
I like to prescribe antabuse (disulfiram), which causes a person to become very ill if he or she drinks alcohol while taking antabuse (disulfiram). Other medications may be helpful, but are experimental. Good luck.

In brief: Alcohol treatment

The three medications indicated for alcohol dependence are campral, Naltrexone and antabuse (disulfiram).
I like to prescribe antabuse (disulfiram), which causes a person to become very ill if he or she drinks alcohol while taking antabuse (disulfiram). Other medications may be helpful, but are experimental. Good luck.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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