I was looking it up for a client of mine and seen "Discontinued" across what I was read and ready to print off.
Hey Gary. The anti-smoking aid medication known as Campral® (generic: acamprosate) is indeed still on the market and has not had any discontinuation whether by the manufacturer or the FDA. I think what you read (cause I've seen it too) was about a clinical trial where it states that certain side-effects after a given amount of time caused the highest amount of discontinuation amongst those in the study. Hope this helps. >> RAY...
I had a friend who took it and it DID help to cut down on smoking .
I think she ran into trouble because of her expectations of the advertising. It makes it seem like it does all the work and you just stop smoking.
Her insurance stopped covering it after 6 months because she should have achieved her goals.
She was not prepared for this and going it alone so she started smoking.
You have to go into it with the idea YOU are going to accomplish this with the help of the medication. You have to put 100% effort in figuring out your triggers, managing your cravings, etc.
I was told they have a very good web site to help you achieve your goals within a specific time period.
Vivid dreams, by the way, is a common reported side effect.
I've never heard of Campral being used for smokers. I was only aware of it's use in alcoholics to reduce cravings AFTER quitting drinking. I couldn't take it as it induced hypomania, I'm a bi-polar person, but it apparently has this as a common side effect.
- Campral Information for Consumers
- Campral Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Campral (detailed)
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