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User Reviews for Acamprosate systemic

Also known as: Campral, Campral EC

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Alcohol Dependence
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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "For me the old-fashioned, puritanical "Alcoholics-Anonymous" approach is a joke. There IS medication for alcoholism. Alcoholism is a genetic thing...not a lack of character development. Take this medicine - it actually works!!!!!"

   
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jmuney (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 16, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I started the meds about 4 days ago. Went 2 days without drinking but cravings overwhelmed me. Of course I felt ashamed and like a hopeless failure. I hope that it will help me as much as all of these commenters. Maybe it will kick in with a little time. I"m desperate. Going to AA and to a therapist. Trying. Wish me luck."

Meherc October 15, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "55 year old. Drinking heavily for fifteen years. Tried campral for three months. OK to begin with but as it built up in my system it completely numbed all of my senses. I am normally an upbeat, happy person but it made me feel down all the time, tired, couldn't be bothered doing anything, lost interest in friends and family, memory loss to the point where I'd be having a conversation and couldn't recall words. And, probably the most embarrassing symptom, was that the muscle relaxant effect made me wet the bed twice which I have never done before (not alcohol induced). On researching this I saw that it is a common side effect but largely goes unreported for obvious reasons. It did however reduce my drinking, mainly because I was spaced out and zombified on campral and didn't need further intoxication."

   
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Diane October 10, 2018

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For Alcohol Dependence: "So, I was released from voluntary 51/50 ( a stay in hospital or institution) I'm a "3 tall cans a night" type of gal. The med is fantastic! I have no desire to drink. Only down side? I had a reaction to it. Ended up in the E.R.. I don't want to give up. I have hives. The Dr at the E.R. was no help. He just said, "It's up to you, stop taking it or not." help I don't wanna stop taking it but I also don't wanna die. My throat closed up. I need to look at other option like naltrexone, or antabuse."

   
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Badluckbetty September 27, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I’m ashamed to say I was drinking too much .... I went voluntarily to my doctor for help and she suggested Campral along with counselling. I had read the reviews and side effects etc and thought ok I’ll give it a try. I HONESTLY can’t believe how this has worked for me. It’s only been two weeks on Campral but I did change my drinking habits prior to starting Campral with a week completely off alcohol. I don’t feel much desire to drink and I had previously dreaded nighttime and weekends that had been the hardest for me but the Campral worked so far. I know every one is different but I would urge you to give it a go , I just wish this was prescribed to my sister who sadly passed 8 years ago with alcohol dependence being a main factor, I’m sure it would have helped. Good luck to all on their journey"

   
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Mags (taken for less than 1 month) September 20, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I just started it and am feeling shaky and nauseous. I also have a headache but am not sure if it's related. Any guidance is greatly appreciated. I'm not sure if I can keep taking it if it makes me feel this way."

Bvkrk1500 (taken for less than 1 month) September 17, 2018

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For Alcohol Dependence: "It’s day two on Campral and it’s working ,but I am so bloated. Just wondering how long dies this side effect goes on for."

   
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M September 10, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "This drug is an absolute miracle and a literal lifesaver. Like many here, I tried many times over the years to "white knuckle" getting sober and tried several rehabilitation programs, including AA. I was racked with guilt for being a failure and my marriage was on the rocks, to say the least. I'd be motivated to get clean, but always found a way be back to my old, heavy drinking ways pretty quickly. With Campral, I simply have no real desire to drink. While my "relapses" used to be nightmarish, week-long benders, my one slip on Campral was just that -- a day where I had a few drinks. The next day -- no desire to drink and just back to life as normal. No side effects I've ever noticed, except that I've lost a lot of weight from not drinking (a good thing in my case). I have no idea why this isn't prescribed as THE go-to medication for anyone struggling. Eleven stars if that were an option."

   
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tdog August 21, 2018

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For Alcohol Dependence: "I was prescribed this in my 65th year. It worked very well but I have relapsed. Now I need it again but can't get a prescription in the UK . Can anyone help me with how long I need NOT to drink before taking it again. If I can't get in prescribed can anyone suggest an alternative? Thanks"

   
8.0

Benagain (taken for less than 1 month) August 8, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "Hi I have been drinking since I was 15 years old and I am now 37 years old. It has only got worse as the years went on. To be honest, drinking 12/15 cans a night maybe 5 times a week. Then I was introduced to campral and I said to myself why not. I am not getting any younger plus my health is getting worse, so I started my first day today, so hopefully they work for me , it is only my first day so it too early to say much about my cravings, but I got thru today so ok I suppose"

Pp82 (taken for less than 1 month) August 7, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I've been a heavy drinker for 25 years+. Since my early 20's, I drank a magnum of wine daily. About four years ago, my Dr.s wanted me to stop. I've been to detox three times, inpatient once, intensive outpatient program (IOP) twice, DUI at 40, and fatty liver disease. AA is not my thing because I have social phobia I tried Antabuse but always relapsed with it still in my system. Recently, I was on Vivitrol but drank the same amount, if not more. I was starting to drink a fifth in one night, and I knew I couldn't continue because was killing me slowly. My Dr suggested Campral. My cravings aren't there and it's only been five days, but I've never had this experience before. Usually, I'm climbing the walls in one way or another, and in the last few years, I've gained 50 pounds because I kept replacing alcohol with food every time I had sobriety. This is different. I just don't care about alcohol, and my family drinks heavily, and there are gallon bottles of booze on the counters."

   
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Zapata (taken for less than 1 month) July 20, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "I am 2 1/2 yrs sober. I did 16 weeks of treatment in early 2016 and 2+ yrs of weekly therapy along with weekly aftercare meetings. I still go to therapy just not as often. With all that said, I was on campral for the first year and then discontinued use and was fine. I've been back on it for 2 months as I was in a car accident in March 2018. My cravings since the accident were mostly for opioids but since I was familiar with how campral works in my body I chose to be put back on it instead of something for opioid cravings. Campral has helped save my life twice. I'll stay on it this time until things mellow out. I guess why I'm writing this review is to tell people that this medications can help with cravings but the reasons why you used in the first place need to be addressed as well. I never would of stayed sober if I hadn't worked on my self to. This is a wonderful medication that works in tandem with other means of staying sober."

   
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Steph July 5, 2018

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Campral (acamprosate) for Alcohol Dependence: "Doesn’t seem to work for me all that much. I’ve been on this a while 2 tablets of 333MG three times a day. It caused me to have allergic reactions too, such as hives and itching. The shakiness (DT's )still has not gone away. I’m 22 days sober today from alcohol dependence. Prior to that I was clean for 60+ days and had a relapse only over the course of 8 days. So this detox shouldn’t be bad. Even with all these meds that I’m taking my anxiety becomes overwhelming sometimes and I feel like picking up a drink however I still haven’t and want to remain sober. So my doctor prescribed me a low does of Librium (25MG) and told me to take 1-2 times a day just until my symptoms are under control. I was taking visteral but it didn’t help enough for me personally. For me this alcohol craving pill might as well be a sugar pill"

   
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Steve (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 26, 2018

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For Alcohol Dependence: "Yes, it works! I am from India and have been a daily drinker for 10 years. Before starting acamprosate (Brand name Acamprol in my country), I detoxed for 5 days on benzos and then started its daily dose of 2*3. Cravings almost vanished within 2 days. On the 5th day I sat with friends who were having booze and couldn't care less to even look at it, forget thinking about it. Yesterday I ran short of its supply and by evening I was thinking of alcohol again. Will get my refill as soon as I finish this review. Give it a try, it works. I won't care even if I have to take it for a year, may be half the dose I will switch to. Give it a try guys. God bless."

   
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Eskay (taken for less than 1 month) June 24, 2018

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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."

   
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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."

   
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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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