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Also known as: Campral

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Alcohol Dependence
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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I had relapsed 4-5 times after my first serious attempt to stop drinking. After starting campral, I have 7 months sober. I read these comments before starting and I’m glad I did. It’s working, I can walk into a liquor store and buy a soda! Cravings only appear during high stress, and they’re easier to fight now. They should try this on every alcoholic!"

   
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Ilex (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 13, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I started taking Campral while in a treatment facility. I was unable to tolerate naltrexone. Although both addicted to alcohol and opioids the Campral is only used for alcohol dependence but this drug is nothing but amazing. I have no cravings! I take 666 mg. 3 times per day. Started on 333 mg. I think this drug is best in a combination with cognitive behavioural therapy and a program such as AA or NA. You have to want to deal with the addiction. Nothing is a "magic bullet" I highly recommend this medication."

   
9.0

MichaelB (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 31, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "This drug has not been helpful. I have not taken it 3 times a day as prescribed though. I have had my usual amount of alcohol every day since I started it. Today I am starting again ( for the hundredth time). I am going to take all three doses today. Starting to think there’s no help for me."

   
1.0

Trying May 28, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I have been reading the reviews for Campral for over a year and finally got over the embarrassment and asked my doctor. I started it four weeks ago and haven’t had a drink in three weeks. I knew there was no way I could go the recommended 5 days without alcohol because I’ve tried and the withdrawals were debilitating. So, I started it while I was still drinking. After a couple days on it I I had no desire to have beer, wine, margarita, nothing. I was drinking an entire bottle of wine and 6-7 beers nightly. And on the weekends I started drinking as soon as I finished my coffee and drank until blackout. Now, a month in I self-lowered my dose to 1/3 of what I started with and still no craving or withdrawal. I may be done even taking the rest of what I have left. Now I have the will power to even be around people drinking and just have a soda or tea. This medicine saved my life. For reference I’m a 40 year old female."

   
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KAN May 24, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "This is my second week only on Campral and since yesterday I don’t feel like drinking. I have no urge. I know is early days but I have been drinking since I was 15 now I’m 64 and the last three years I have been drinking close to 16 l of red wine . I’m so happy. I hope it continues. I will update again soon."

Hope (taken for less than 1 month) May 3, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I had been a heavy drinker ever since I was about 19 or 20. I would drink pretty much any alcohol - to extreme every day. In the end I was drinking around 2 litres of port each day. Sometimes also wine, champagne, beer and/or spirits. Anything really, to excess. I'm now 59 & have been alcohol-free for almost 2 years & no longer have any desire whatsoever to drink, thanks to Campral. It truly is easy! I didn't need to join AA or have counselling or support groups. I did it by myself with just a little encouragement from my kids every now & then. I honestly can't recommend it highly enough. I am no longer a dying alcoholic. My liver has returned from being just pre-cirrhosis and inches away from liver failure back to completely 100% healthy and normal. Good luck & I hope this helps others who are caught up in that alcohol-dependent nightmare. :) xxx"

   
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RettySwee (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 7, 2018

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For Alcohol Dependence: "This med worked EXTREMELY well taking away completely my craving for alcohol."

   
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sandranthasun (taken for less than 1 month) March 28, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "Am 73 and have been consistent drinker since 18 and would love $1 for every hangover over those years. The secret is after taking this for 3-4 days you just don’t think about drinking and you no longer crave or miss it . It’s like when observing others who are regular full on daily boozers, thinking they don’t know what life is really about and they are shackled somehow and ruining and missing out on life’s real genuine pleasures and purposes. I now have just as much enjoyment with still social /heavy drinker friends by just having a tea or coffee and have for first time since I was a kid some real respect and confidence in myself."

   
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Anonymous March 25, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I waited for 5 days without alcohol. Tomorrow will be my start date. I plan to update weekly History is over a third of my life alcoholic"

   
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Heist February 3, 2018

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For Alcohol Dependence: "First time in 3 years I haven’t had a drink for 3 weeks....but most importantly I haven’t WANTED to drink. I truly thought I was destined to keep destroying myself and my families lives forever. I’d given up hope! I must say though I have taken this med before DURING a drinking binge and it does very little but once you have made a decision to stop completely it’s amazing.....0 cravings and a total indifference to alcohol when I am around it! Only side effect I had was a bit of drowsiness and forgetfulness which soon disappeared Give it a try!!"

   
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Jen90 (taken for less than 1 month) February 2, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I was put on campral and coming up to 10 weeks without a drink. Was drinking to blackout 4/5 times a week . Not sure how it works but it is sure not doing any harm. I also had a strong desire to stop (this has failed me many times before though) No side effects. Certainly glad I have tried it."

   
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Irish Jack (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 2, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I started using Campral 7 months + ago to help me stop drinking and it has been a godsend. It’s still taken some effort but been much much easier than I’d dared hope. I’m getting my life back and changing it as well. I don’t ever want go back. If you are thinking about quitting drinking then this med is worth a try although I understand it doesn’t work for everyone. Have also been taking Baclofen with it and planning to stay on both for a year."

   
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Arowan (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 28, 2017

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I've been a heavy drinker for 10+ years and finally decided to quit with the help of Campral. I am 45 days sober and Campral has stopped all the cravings I used to have. I have been taking 1 pill 3 times a day and that has been working well."

   
9.0

Anonymous10004 December 20, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "From my mid 20’s until I was 51 I was a fully functioning binge drinker - 1 bottle of wine every night. The only time I was sober was when I was pregnant with my beautiful daughter and for 1 year after she was born. I eventually got to the stage where I was drinking 2 bottles of wine per night and completely blacking out. I went into hospital for a Librium detox in June 2012. When I left hosp I was prescribed Campral 333 x 2 three times daily. Five and a half years later I am still completely sober and have never looked back. I was on Campral for 1 year - fantastic drug. Please ask your Dr to prescribe you with it - it changed my life. Good luck."

   
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Buddy8forever2017 (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 17, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "Went Cold Turkey off this drug almost killed me. I had serious shakes, chills, muscle spasms, body felt limp hallucinations crazy feeling scary nightmares"

   
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Bgstgvvj December 8, 2017

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I was a very heavy drinker from 6am til lights out everyday, week, month, year for the last 10 years. I had never driven my cars at night because I was always drunk. I drank approximately 7,300 beers last year alone (20 a day) I wanted to get off the merry go round so I went to my local doctor and told him my plans and fears. He prescribed Campral, The instructions were NOT to consume alcohol while taking the medicine. Well I was drunk so on the Sat night I took the first 3 pills. The next morning I woke up and thought about having a beer after coffee but seemed okay not having one. That was 2 weeks ago and I still have not had a beer. Brilliant medicine. I quit smoking 2 days later. Campral seems to help with that as well."

Tahoa (taken for less than 1 month) December 8, 2017

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I’m a 43 year old guy living in the uk. I’ve been a regular big drinker since the age of 24. Always liked the buzz I got off drinking, always drank till I was totally out of it. Done drink driving four times, the last time I should have been banged up but somehow got away with it, bolloxed up a few relationships along the way through it. In the early years it was fun but it’s destroyed and damaged the last 10 years of my life. Currently in a relationship with someone I love very much and respect a great deal, I’m doing this for both of us. My GP wouldn’t prescribe so going through a referred clinic to get campral after hearing all these uplifting sucess stories from people. Hope it works for me as it did for you. Getting it this Friday"

   
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Mk43 (taken for less than 1 month) November 9, 2017

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "Apart from a few years where I switched to speed I've been a binge drinker for over 20 years. Recently the binges have been more frequent and lasting longer. After the truly awful withdrawal symptoms subsided I'd last a few days at most before beer started calling my name again. As the saying goes I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. I discovered campral by accident and it's as close to a miracle as you can get. I'm amazed. That voice inside my head is finally silent!"

   
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Just Matt November 5, 2017

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I'd been drinking for years and it got very heavy on the last two years and worse so in the last 6 months. I failed with antabuse and doctor switched me just this week to this drug. It's been amazing. I went for a few social beers which were planned but I couldn't be bothered with drinking. I would normally have drank until I blacked out but I barely had any urge to drink anything. I had beers in the fridge and normally I would have drank them also after getting home, I woke up they were untouched and I just poured them down the sink. It works!!"

   
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CrashHolly (taken for less than 1 month) October 28, 2017

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "At the end, I was drinking a fifth of vodka daily, sometimes more. Was pretty excited about the Sinclair Method using Naltrexone, but it didn't work for me as it did for others. Two trips to the psych ed with debilitating depression fuelled by alcohol, one inpatient stint and one rehab later, my psychiatrist prescribed Campral. I'm two weeks in and the worst "craving" was thinking about drinking prior to the holiday weekend. I used my other supports and didn't drink. I also take gabapentin 600mg three times daily and Zoloft 200mg nightly to help with anxiety and depression. (This rating would be a 10, but I've had diarrhea for a few days after upping my dose to 666mg 3x/day.)"

   
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Obladi (taken for less than 1 month) September 3, 2017

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I have been taking this for 3 weeks now following a librium detox, I was drinking 3 to 4 bottles of red wine each day, sometimes more. Since taking Campral 3 times a day I haven't had a drink, nor have I wanted to. I have been out socially with others and had diet Pepsi, people have commented on how well I look, even those who didn't know that I was undertaking detox and I have lost 9 pounds in weight, this is an amazing drug, I was drinking throughout the night and day pretty continuously and I haven't craved a drop."

   
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Wendyann67 (taken for less than 1 month) August 24, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "I have been on acamprosate for a few days to prevent a relapse. I don't get cravings, but after being on this, I don't get cravings for anything. I have lost all interest in everything and have no motivation. I am tired, nauseous and dizzy and have no desire to do absolutely anything. Please tell me this goes away."

   
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Stuart321 August 18, 2017

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For Alcohol Dependence: "I lost everything after 35 years hard drinking.Went to rehabs and AA. I don't want to tell everyone I'm an alcoholic every day when I try to put things past tense. 3 days on campral and yep its gold. sober 4 months and hey a bit of diarrhea ; but at least I can remember pooping myself. Lets do it. Shane"

   
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shane o August 17, 2017

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "All be honest I took this and nothing maybe it's all the other meds I take but took this for alcohol and drank alcohol while on it And nothing felt no reduced cravings"

Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 29, 2017

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I am just checking in again. I started campral and naltrexone last fall after drinking for years, failing the traditional in-patient treatment/AA way...... I am now nearly 10 months without a drink. I don't really crave alcohol. Occasionally a stressful situation will come up and I will think about drinking, but that passes quickly because I just don't have the cravings or desire. My life is so fulfilling. It's not without it's challenges, which is why I have regular counselling in order to recognize and deal with what issues I let alcohol take care of. I truly do wake up thankful for this relief."

   
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pbs1boone (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 15, 2017

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