Campral

Generic Name: Acomprosate

  • What is Campral?

    Campral is used for treating alcohol dependence. It is thought to work by restoring the balance of certain chemicals in the brain of patients who have used large amounts of alcohol and is most effective when used in combination with a treatment program that includes social support.
  • What is the most important information I should know about Campral?

    Campral may cause dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Campral. Using Campral alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.

    Do not drink alcohol while you are using Campral. Continue taking Campral even if you begin drinking alcohol again.

    Alcohol-dependent patients should be monitored for the development of depression or suicidal thinking. Patients and their families or caregivers should pay close attention to changes in moods or actions, especially if changes occur suddenly. Contact your health care provider right away if any of the following effects occur or worsen: depression, anxiety, restlessness or irritability, panic attacks, thoughts or attempts of suicide, or other unusual changes in behavior or mood.

    Campral will not reduce or eliminate alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

    Campral has been shown to help you avoid alcohol only in combination with a treatment program that includes counseling and support. Discuss treatment program options with your doctor.

    Campral should be used with caution in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its effects.

    Patients with kidney impairment may need a dose reduction or, if the impairment is severe, should not use this medication.

  • Who should not take Campral?

    Campral should not be taken by those who have previously exhibited a hypersensitivity to this drug or any of its ingredients.

    Campral should not be used in patients with severe kidney impairment.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Campral?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Campral. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of kidney problems or impairment, sensitivity reactions to Campral or any of its ingredients, depression, or suicidal thoughts or behaviors. In addition, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are nursing.
  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The recommended dose of Campral is two 333 milligram (mg) tablets taken 3 times daily. A lower dose may be effective in some patients. For patients with moderate renal impairment, a starting dose of one 333 mg tablet taken 3 times daily is recommended.

    Treatment with Campral should be initiated as soon as possible following the period of alcohol withdrawal, when the patient has achieved abstinence, and should be maintained if the patient relapses.

    The safety and efficacy of Campral have not been established in pediatric patients.

  • How should I take Campral?

    Campral should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Campral may be taken with or without food. Campral must be swallowed whole. Do not chew, crush, or break Campral before swallowing.
  • What should I avoid while taking Campral?

    Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Campral. Using Campral alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.

    Do not drink alcohol while you are using Campral. Continue taking Campral even if you begin drinking alcohol again. Discuss any drinking with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Campral?

    No specific interactions with Campral are known at this time. However, it is always important to check with your doctor before combining Campral with any other medication
  • What are the possible side effects of Campral?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: drowsiness, dizziness, gas, loss of appetite, nausea, trouble sleeping, weakness, anxiety, behavior changes, depression, mental or mood changes, nervousness, panic attacks, severe allergic reactions (such as rash, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), suicidal thoughts or behaviors

  • Can I receive Campral if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Campral during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    This drug should only be used during pregnancy if the benefits clearly outweigh the risks in the judgment of your doctor.

    Women receiving Campral should not breastfeed due to the possible excretion of the drug into breast milk.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Campral?

    If you miss a dose of Campral, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
  • How should I store Campral?

    Storage at room temperature.