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Acamprosate (Campral) can help you feel better once you've stopped drinking.
Acamprosate (Campral) is a medication that is FDA-approved to treat alcohol use disorder. It can help you manage your cravings for alcohol, and may minimize the withdrawal effects and balance your brain chemistry once you’ve quit drinking.
Although the mechanism of Campral isn’t totally understood, it is believed to act by correcting some of the brain changes caused by chronic alcohol consumption. Drinking affects some neurotransmitters which make you feel calm, and when you quit drinking you can feel poorly because of this. Campral decreases these uncomfortable symptoms by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain that cause excitability.
Some medications, like naltrexone, can be taken even when still drinking. Acamprosate works best after you’ve quit drinking entirely. At Workit Health, our clinicians can support you through alcohol detox and then begin your treatment with acamprosate.
Antabuse is a medication that causes you to get sick when you consume alcohol. Antabuse acts as a physical deterrent, but doesn’t assist in the management of cravings. Campral works to reduce the discomfort that may cause you to drink in the first place.
No, acamprosate does not have a high potential addiction risk. But like any medication, take it as directed by your care team. At Workit Health, we offer acamprosate as part of a recovery program which includes online recovery groups and therapeutic courses.
Campral is usually well tolerated. The main side effect may be diarrhea, which should be mild and usually passes quickly. Less common side effects include intestinal cramps and flatulence, headache, increased or decreased libido, insomnia, anxiety, muscle weakness, and dizziness.