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Acamprosate

Why is this medication prescribed?

Acamprosate is used along with counseling and social support to help people who have stopped drinking large amounts of alcohol (alcoholism) to avoid drinking alcohol again. Drinking alcohol for a long time changes the way the brain works. Acamprosate works by helping the brains of people who have drunk large amounts of alcohol to work normally again. Acamprosate does not prevent the withdrawal symptoms that people may experience when they stop drinking alcohol. Acamprosate has not been shown to work in people who have not stopped drinking alcohol or in people who drink large amounts of alcohol and also overuse or abuse other substances such as street drugs or prescription medications.

Proper Use of Acamprosate

Acamprosate should be prescribed only after the patient has ceased alcohol use and gone through initial detox. As a prescription medication, Acamprosate should only be used under the guidance of a physician. It is not advisable to take Acamprosate while pregnant, or if you suffer from kidney issues. Acamprosate alone is not enough to treat alcoholism, and it should be combined with therapy and potentially other medications.

Acamprosate is taken orally three times a day. It can be taken with or without food, although many users choose to take it with meals because it easier to remember to take if it is part of the breakfast, lunch, and dinner rituals. Acamprosate is most typically prescribed for a period of one year, although many users take it for shorter or longer periods of time.

Side Effects of Acamprosate

Most side effects of Acamprosate are mild and subside the longer treatment continues. It is this comparative lack of side effects that make the drug a more popular choice than alternatives. This is especially the case when it comes to liver related side effects. However, there are a number of side effects, some of which are potentially very serious.

  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Flatulence
  • Itchiness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing changes
  • Fainting
  • Reduced urination

Benefits of Acamprosate

Absorbed through the digestive tract rather than the liver, improving effectiveness and reducing side effects for patients with liver damage

Fewer, generally less severe, and less prevalent side effects than other medications

No known drug interactions with other medications or substances

Actively reduces cravings for and dependence on alcohol, by reacting with neurotransmitters in the brain, rather than reducing the pleasurable impacts of alcohol or creating negative side effects from alcohol use.

Precautions

Before taking acamprosate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease.

This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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