Campral (Acamprosate) is a drug used to treat alcohol dependence. This substance restores the equilibrium of neurotransmissions involving GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) and glutamate which was displaced due to prolonged alcohol consumption. This restoration in the brain chemicals allows a person to maintain alcohol abstinence. Campral is effective only on alcoholics who stopped drinking and finished detoxification.
Generic name: Acamprosate
How is Campral taken?
Campral is usually taken orally with water two to three times a day in a 333 mg dosage that is time released. To remember the right dose it is best to take it at meal times.
Effects of consumption
Acamprosate or Campral targets the unbalanced brain chemicals of an alcoholic and restores its equilibrium in order to help control the urge to drink. It is used together with behavioral modification techniques and other treatment programs to ensure success.
Impact on the mind/body and health risks
You should not take Campral if you are:
- Drinking alcohol
- Not yet detoxified
- Addicted to some drugs
- Allergic to Acamprosate
- A kidney disease sufferer
Mild side effects include numbness, sweating, impotence, insomnia and dryness. Other light drug reactions include inability to taste food, flu-like symptoms, nausea, vomiting, headache and constipation or diarrhea.
Severe side effects of Campral include confusion, too little urine or frequent urination, alteration in behavior or mood, thoughts of self-injury and severe depression. Other reactions consist of anxiety, dizziness, palpitations, edema, difficulty of breathing and weight gain.
Signs of abuse of Campral
Campral is a non-addictive drug used to help alcoholics abstain from taking alcohol. There are no reports of substance abuse and dependence on Campral.
Common treatment options
Severe side affects require prompt and critical medical intervention.
In case of overdose or drug reaction, call the nearest hospital especially if the following fatal signs of allergy are evident:
- Swelling of the of the face, throat, tongue and lips
- Difficulty breathing
- Hives rash