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Campral Medication - Uses & Side Effects

acamprosate
Pronunciation: a camp PRO sayt
Brand: Campral

Campral is a medication that helps people stay alcohol-free in combination with counseling. It is thought to restore the normal brain balance, which has been disturbed in someone who is alcohol dependent. It appeared to decrease the return to drinking, following a brief period of abstinence, that is typical of alcohol dependence.

Campral Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is two tablets each tablet contains 333 milligrams and you should be taken three times a day, for a total of six tablets a day.
  • If you have moderate kidney disease, then you should take half the regular dose—one tablet three times a day.

Uses of Campral

  • Campral is used to help people with alcohol dependence quit drinking alcohol.
  • It may also be used for other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide. 

Side Effects of Campral

Before taken Campral medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Campral. Side effects may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Heart failure
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney failure
  • Nausea
  • Seizure

Warnings and precautions before taking Campral:

  • You should be avoided alcohol while you are taking Campral.
  • Campral may also affect your judgment, thinking, or motor skills. So do not drive, operate dangerous machinery, or participate in hazardous activities that require full mental alertness.
  • Use of Campral does not eliminate or diminish withdrawal symptoms.
  • Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
  • Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.

Drug Interaction :- If you are taking Campral with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Campral with the following:

  • Disulfiram
  • Naltrexone (ReVia)
  • Antianxiety
  • Antidepressant
  • Hypnotic (sleep-inducing) medications
Overdose

After taken Campral if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of Campral overdose may include diarrhea, vomting etc.


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