Acamprosate review

Acamprosate is a prescribed drug distributed under the brand name Campral that is given to patients who are being treated for alcoholism. Excessive intake of alcohol causes side effects to the functions of the brain. Acamprosate helps the brain to regains its normal function. It also helps patients to avoid intake alcohol. However, Acamprosate is not intended to cure the effects of withdrawal symptoms associated to treatment of alcoholics.

Patients being treated of alcohol addiction should take Acamprosate. This drug should be given as the patient is undergoing a regular routine of counseling. Acamprosate is effective in curing the urge of an individual to take in alcohol again.

Acamprosate is in a form of tablet taken orally. The drug can be taken three times a day whether or not you have taken food. It must be taken on the same routine daily or use the same time like breakfast, lunch and dinner so it would be easy to remember the doses.

Take the medicine with a glass of water and avoid chewing or splitting it. Continue taking the drug unless advised by your doctor. Do not use more or less of the prescribed amount of dosage.

While undergoing medication with Acamprosate have medical benefits for the patient, there are known side effects associated by using the drug. Some of the common side effects include upset stomach, dizziness, itchiness, diarrhea, loss of appetite and weakness. Though many of the symptoms are not dangerous, it is important to inform your doctor immediately when you experience any side effects.

Some patients may develop depression when taking the drug. Other symptoms may include feeling of guilt, loss of interest, upset stomach, constipation, feeling of sadness, worthlessness, lacks energy, anxiety and tendency to commit suicide.

Precautions should be undertaken when taking Acamprosate. You must inform your doctor if you have any allergies with certain drugs. Also inform your doctor if you are taking any other vitamins, anti-depressants or food supplements.

If you have certain health problems like heart disease, kidney problems and other diseases, it will be best to inform your doctor prior to taking the drug Acamprosate.

Women who are breast-feeding or pregnant should notify the doctor of their present condition. Patients who are about to undergo surgery should first consult a doctor before taking Acamprosate.

Since Acamprosate affects the brain it may affect the ability of a person to make proper decision and affect proper coordination, it is strongly advised to refrain from driving any vehicle or operating machines that might lead to accidents.

Over dosage of Acamprosate may lead to serious medical condition and requires immediate medical attention. If you have missed a dose and the next dose is about to be taken, it is better to miss one dose and take the next dose instead.

While under medication, it is best to maintain your session with your counselor. This will help you regain your normal life and keeps you more in control of yourself. This will also help you to overcome withdrawals brought about by treating alcoholism.

Acamprosate has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of acamprosate

• Molecular formula of acamprosate is C5H11NO4S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 3-acetylaminopropane-1-sulfonic acid
• Molecular weight is 181.211 g/mol
Acamprosate available : 300mg tablets

Brand name(s): Acamprosato, Acamprosatum, Aotal, Campral

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