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Acamprosate for Alcohol Use Disorder User Reviews

Acamprosate has an average rating of 8.7 out of 10 from a total of 240 reviews for the treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder. 85% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 7% reported a negative experience.

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8.7/10 average rating

240 ratings from 268 user reviews.

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Reviews for Acamprosate

  • Free
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • August 16, 2020

Campral (acamprosate) "I was a heavy drinker since I was 16. I am now 42 and have been an alcoholic for the past 10 years. After a week of binge drinking, I ended up in the hospital. This was 5 months ago. After detoxification, I was prescribed Campral. 2 tabs, 3 times a day. I haven’t had a drink since. I can now go to the pub with friends and am happy to drink soda water. I never thought I’d make it to this stage."

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  • Haden...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • November 17, 2020

Campral (acamprosate) "I've been a alcoholic for years 64 years old now in an out of rehabs detox 4 times in the last year, hospital 2 times jail 1 all in a year. My doc noticed my blood tests showed liver problems ended up several test later was contacted by liver doc who told me I had the beginning of liver failure and advised that I start Campral been 54 days sober not looking back feel better and hope my liver heals. You can do it if I can"

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  • NoNo
  • August 11, 2019

Campral (acamprosate) "Miracle. Been taking Campral for about 4 days and I’m already seeing great benefits. The last few years, I’ve been a heavy drinker due to a lot of trauma in my life. I’m 42 now. I was always able to quit but it never lasted, no matter the AA meetings I went to, therapists, etc. I think mostly because not drinking made me anxious, with racing thoughts, worry, irritability, tiredness, depression, anger, loneliness, etc. I stumbled onto this med after finally going back to my GP. I had no idea it even existed, and I researched the internet for years looking for something to ease my symptoms. I’ve been alcohol-free for a couple of weeks now but feel COMPLETELY different. No more bad symptoms! It’s gotta be this medication. It makes you wonder if the alcohol companies lobby to suppress this drug’s existence. That’s how helpful it’s been for me. I’ve taken antidepressants, anti-anxiety meds, etc., and this now is all I need! I hope Campral works for anyone else needing and begging for help for their alcohol dependence or being an alcoholic like I was, it really is the drug that works for alcoholism."

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  • Alex
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 13, 2019

Campral (acamprosate) "I’ve suffered every type of consequence from drinking including pancreatitis, cardiac arrest, and a stroke but each time something health-wise or another negative situation happened, it was never enough to make me quit drinking. I just got out of rehab again, but this time I heard about Campral, and figured I had nothing to lose, so I agreed to try it. Although it’s only been a month, I don’t crave alcohol at all. I think I might make it this time."

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  • Journ...
  • June 20, 2019

Campral (acamprosate) "I am a 36-year-old mother of 3, with a lot of history of abuse (sexual, emotional, mental) perpetrated by family members, father, and ex-husband. I have a history of depression and anxiety. I have been drinking alcohol to excess for 16 years. I could go without alcohol (a 6-10 pack of rum and cola cans) if pressed but would always feel ‘joyless,’ hard done by, anxiety-ridden, and depressed. Being a smoker as well, my health was starting to deteriorate quickly. Attempts, including going to AA, Valium to help with the ‘witching hour,’ self-control, never worked. I thought I was going to die from the drink; I was beginning to want to. The awful life that I have endured, in my head for so long, was becoming unbearable. I started Campral 7 days ago, and I haven’t wanted an alcoholic drink (or cigarette!) since the night before taking my first dose! This is my miracle!!! I honestly cannot believe it; it’s like I have never been addicted to anything, like I’ve been released from insanity... CRAZY!!"

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  • Irish...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • April 30, 2019

Campral (acamprosate) "I sought specialist assistance eventually for my alcohol dependence. I took Librium and then Campral and, generally with support, did 3 years sober until my mum's wake in May 2017. It creeps up on you, and before you know it, you're dependent again. I've got a supported detox arranged for me after my 50th and intend to take Campral again after Librium detox. I strongly recommend you take time off work and be proactive in seeking support. Take a good look at your habits and strategize. I was at my happiest sober. Didn't even think about it after a while. I realized I wasn't boring, and I hadn't lost my sense of fun. In fact, I had more energy to have fun and lost loads of weight, so I am really looking forward to that one. It's nothing to be ashamed of; it's a courageous move often admired. I'm really looking forward to my break of what prevents me from doing things I want to do. If you fall off the wagon, then suss out why. Get support and pull socks up again. Ignore the stigma! Good luck to me and you. We rock for trying to break the cycle."

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  • pbs1b...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • February 21, 2017

Campral (acamprosate) "I tried and tried the AA way, and it just didn't work. I was told over and over to attempt treatment, and I did, four times. Treatment is extremely overrated. I finally took it upon myself to investigate other options and discovered acamprosate and naltrexone. I am now 5 months without drinking and am so, so happy. I have regular counseling and discovered that AA cannot address the underlying reasons why a person drinks...in my case, PTSD. AA made me feel like a huge failure. I am aggravated that over a one-year period no one even thought to offer me the option to take these meds. I am on a mission now to share my successful experience with these drugs with others."

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  • Acey
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • May 13, 2021

Campral (acamprosate) "I got to a point that I nearly died so wanted to stop drinking desperately. I relasped and was taken to hospital. Then after 1 week I got put on Accamprosate, 2 years later still not feeling urge to drink, I get mild cravings occasionally they only last few seconds. This medication saved my life, marriage, home and made my 10 year old proud of his dad . Thank you to the inventors of it you saved my life"

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  • Chris...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • November 21, 2014

Campral (acamprosate) "Having been a serious and functioning alcoholic for many years, I finally hit rock bottom both health-wise and family-wise. I ruptured blood vessels in my throat and almost drowned in my own blood. This was due to the amount of alcohol I was drinking. The doctors told my wife I would not make it through the weekend. I pulled through. I called my doctor to see if there was anything to kill the cravings. Campral was prescribed. I have been clean almost a month now. No cravings. For the first time, I have my life back. More people need to be informed of this medication. If you are questioning yourself, give it a try. I did! It truly has saved my life and my marriage. I hope this helps someone. Good luck."

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  • Jenn
  • December 20, 2018

Campral (acamprosate) "I see from other reviews this medicine seems to work 100% or not at all. I'm in the lucky category, along with my husband who is taking it too. We are 37 and 40 years old and have been highly functioning heavy drinkers for the last ~ 10 years. We regularly have 3 - 6 drinks a day on weekdays and maybe 5 to 8 drinks on weekend days. We started taking Campral just a few days ago, and I feel like a different person already. Miraculously, it takes the desire to drink away completely. I can hardly explain it. I went to a restaurant today where people were enjoying martinis and wine all around me, and I wasn't the least bit tempted. Nighttime has historically been difficult when trying to quit, and we have not had any desire to drink. It's a miracle for us, and I'm excited to see how much our life will change in the coming months, as alcohol has been the center of our universe for a long time. I can't recommend this enough for anyone feeling dependent on alcohol. Good luck to all."

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  • Pup
  • October 30, 2015

Campral (acamprosate) "From the first day I took Campral, I started to forget about drinking. It's now been a week, and I've lost all desire. Just looking at alcohol or people drinking it is a complete turn-off. I was drinking 1-2 bottles of red wine every night, and I've seen a huge turnaround in my mood (and life) since taking Campral in a very short time. I did a lot of reading about the drug, including reading comments in this forum before starting it, and it really does work well. If you need some time to press the pause button, this will help give you some strength and clarity to get on with life."

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  • Working...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • January 18, 2020

Campral (acamprosate) "Campral has been a “miracle” drug for me and my alcohol. I’ve been an on & off drinker my entire life and realized it was hurting me. Burying a few friends sharpened my focus. Now, just over 2 months into zero booze... I feel much better. Campral helped me through the danger zone: 5 to 8:00 PM eating dinner & watching TV. The craving and temptation seem to have disappeared- my only side effect is flatulence- easy to deal with. I also practice HALT (hungry, angry, lonely, tired) to warn me against a relapse. Campral works. Two 333 tabs three times daily."

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  • GR8FU...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 25, 2019

Campral (acamprosate) "I am 5 days into my first week of Campral 333 mg 3x a day. I am careful to stay on a schedule of 6 am, 2 pm, and 10 pm. So far all seems well. Idk if this was a placebo effect but I was NOT craving a drink from the first night. My drinking has escalated over the past 8-10 years from just a couple drinks on weekends to nightly drinks that led to hangovers 2 or 3 times a week and blackouts a couple of times a month. Breaking free from alcohol is something I truly desire and this seems to be giving me the help that I've needed. I have noticed that my dreams have been very lucid and disturbing; hoping this goes away. Either way, I'm sticking with it."

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  • wigbi...
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • January 26, 2019

Campral (acamprosate) "I have been taking six 333mg Campral daily and have so far been sober for 270 days. For the first few weeks I was sceptical but trust me after a month you won't look back. Not only is it so easy to refuse a drink, I just don't feel like one. Since 9 months ago when I had my last drink I've lost 20kg just from the lack of extra bad carbs and sugars. I feel amazing and I thank the campral for turning my life around. I drunk about 10-15 units daily for years. Not a massive drinker but a regular one (like most Aussies). I needed to give up but failed every time. Campral has made it so easy and I don't even think about drinking. If you're reading this and doing research I 100% recommend you see a doc and see about going on campral. You won't look back. Only $38 a month in Australia too..."

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  • jmuney
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • October 16, 2018

Campral (acamprosate) "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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  • Engin...
  • January 4, 2020

Campral (acamprosate) "I’m a mid 60 year old degrees engineer with a very good life. I have a good job and boss and even greater wife and family. I’ve been drinking since a freshman in undergraduate- this increased when I went in the military and has since been sort of up and down over the years. Since hitting 60 I noticed I was drinking more- a definite tolerance was developed. I have quit cold turkey at least three times- and each withdrawal was worse- the last was very bad so I reached out to my physician, was completely honest & since it had been four days since my last glass of wine- he recommended Campral, two tablets, three times daily - I’ve been careful to stay on the precise dosage schedule. For me, this medicine is WORKING (all caps on purpose). The cravings, though this is a subjective rating, have diminished considerably. I’m not rushing to get home to have a drink now, and I feel more alert or “brighter.”"

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  • Willow
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 4, 2019

Campral (acamprosate) "I have been on Campral for 7 days for alcohol issues. The first 6 were very difficult as I was still craving to drink. I had one nip on day 6. It made me feel nothing and I didn't want another. Then finally the next day on day 7. No cravings! I've been a on/off drinker and binge/blackout drinker for the last 39 years. I am 54 yrs old. I've tried Campral several times in the past but couldn't last more than a few days on it. So finally I've made it to day 7 with only 1 nip and I feel a huge difference. I also feel calmer as I normally have a lot of anxiety. I'm sure as the days go on it will only get better from here as long as I keep taking it."

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  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • June 22, 2016

Campral (acamprosate) "After being a heavy drinker for 20 years my life was running out of control. AA didn't work for me I tried 1 on 1 counselling. Didn't help, I'd relapse after two weeks. Finally did my own research and suggested campral to my doc. He contacted my counsellor and we began it July 2015. I wish I'd found this years ago! It seemed to work immediately, no cravings or desire to drink. Did have bad diarrhoea for first six weeks, so push through it, it's worth it. Just gone to my gp for my final script, and will celebrate my first year sober in July 2016! My gp also said the counsellor didn't think I could do it, and my gp is so happy he's going to contact her and tell her about my success. When your at rock bottom give it a go! It's saved my life!"

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  • Vodka...
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • July 23, 2016

Campral (acamprosate) "I wanted to respond to miss lippy. Any gp who tells you it's a "placebo" when it seems to be working for you does not have your best interests at heart. Find another one who will give you positive re enforcement and genuinely try to help you! I've got my story below, and hit my first dry anniversary today. There's no way it's a placebo, I felt different immediately and trust me, "will power" alone couldn't have gotten me this far without campral. If that's the case, I should have been able to kick this years ago. Give it another go, and dis-regard the placebo comment. Some Drs have a negative attitude towards alchoholics and think that if we only tried hard enough, we could do it ourselves. Rubbish. Start it again and let you be the judge!"

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  • Dtalks
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • December 17, 2016

Campral (acamprosate) "For 20 years I depended on alcohol as a crutch whenever I was faced with a challenge. One day, after puking in the toilet for an hour, I decided enough is enough. I switched to heroin. That lasted for about 3 years until I was thrown in jail for driving under the influence. I decided that it was time to start giving my money to big pharmaceutical companies instead of drug dealers, and I was determined to stay clean. I'm a professor at a major university with various prestigious accolades. I was living a double life. Teaching students classical greek by day, needles and whiskey at night. Thank you Campral."

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  • Sonja...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 1, 2016

Campral (acamprosate) "I have been on Campral about 10 days and this drug does work..really work..zero cravings. I was drinking a liter of Vodka a day. I was in rehabs from August 2015 to February 2016 (and relapsed when I got out) and not one of the psychiatrist at the rehabs mentioned Campral.The reason they don't is because they know it works and just want to take your money to pay for the rehab because if you don't they are out of a job. Save your money on rehabs and ask your doc for Campral instead. I am 43 years old and have been an alcoholic a majority of my adult life. I feel like I have my life back and everyone sees a change in me and best of all I do too! The only thing I don't like is that I didn't know about this drug years ago,but glad i do now."

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  • Dry...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • July 29, 2015

Campral (acamprosate) "I have drank 3 bottles of wine a night for a long time gained 3 stone and decided I need to quit drinking get fit and loose weight. Nothing works better than this tablet I don't even want a drink it's amazing"

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  • Mikke...
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • September 10, 2013

Campral (acamprosate) "In September 2004 I had been an alcoholic for at least 30 years and been attempting to control my drinking for 10. I was forced by my partner into taking Campral, I was sure it wouldn't work, that it was a waste of money, but after 5 weeks when I was being asked what I would like to drink I suddenly realized that alcohol no longer held any attraction for me that was 9 years ago today and I have never drunk, or even been tempted to drink since then. There is an open bottle of wine in the door of our fridge, there is plenty of other drink in the house, I see it, but am never tempted to drink, the strangest effect is that when I sitting with people who are drinking, I am not envious, I don't want to join them, I don't feel left out."

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  • Amy
  • July 19, 2019

Campral (acamprosate) "After many years in and out of ana and relapsing and huge consequences due to my drinking. I can now say I literally do not feel like having a drink. Even the thought is just passing. I’ve noticed also I’m losing weight. And not wanting to smoke as much. I feel more upbeat. I do listen to AA meetings in the evening. It disheartens me to so many people struggling and this is like a miracle cure to get a big chunk of sobriety in the beginning of being sober. It wouldn’t surprise me if the alcohol companies have invested in keeping this quiet. A very good modern drug. I recommend it to anyone who is struggling in early recovery"

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 22, 2019

Campral (acamprosate) "This is my third day and I am impressed. I have been a heavy drinker (1-2 bottles of wine per day) for the last 20 years. Before Campral I was constantly having withdrawal symptoms of severe anxiety, depression, guilt of not doing anything right and not recalling anything at all- my memory was shot! It’s only day 3 but I feel good: less anxious, not shaky. I do sweat lots at night but that is it. So far, it is great. I hope I can get my memory back and stay sober. Good luck to all."

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