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Also known as: Campral

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8.8/10 Average Rating
161 Ratings with 166 User Reviews

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Campral (acamprosate): "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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"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): "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): "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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"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): "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): "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): "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."

   
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Anonymous10004 December 20, 2017

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"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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"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): "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): "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): "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): "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): "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): "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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"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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"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): "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): "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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Campral (acamprosate): "I've been on this before and it works. The thing is if you take this for a week, then you slip in a drink...you will not feel that intoxication that you crave and are addicted to. This drug also keeps a person from feeling the euphoria associated with opioids."

WineAddict (taken for less than 1 month) July 11, 2017

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Campral (acamprosate): "I was immediately put on the suggested 333mg x2 tabs-three times a day ..as soon as I started my community Detox; which included Librium. It is early days here BUT the change in me is enormous. I drank since 20...a "binge drinker" or so I thought!!. I was unable to Stop. I'm Lucky to be alive . Once a car I was in went over a precipice but still I craved the alcohol. The craving was pure hell. Now at 56-I feel finally freed out a prison of craving something that would have killed me . THANK YOU CAMPRAL. People In AA had given up on me and I'd given up too...till Campral. "

   
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Happy and Free (taken for less than 1 month) June 24, 2017

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Campral (acamprosate): "Absolutely amazing I am 60 and been a heavy drinker all my life At least one to one and a half bottles of wine per nite Two or three bottles per day on a weekend plus beer or anything else if I was out After I started taking this I noticed the difference the very next day Within a few days I was having alcohol free days Within 3 weeks I was going for a week or more without a drink but started drinking a lot of mineral water At 6 weeks I was not even thinking about alcohol After 4 mths I stopped the tablets At six mths I have no craving at all If I am out with friends I will have a red wine occasionally and stop ( could not do this previously )might have a red once every 10 days or so but am completely in control I am still absolutely astounded how well they worked for me"

   
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A1111 June 7, 2017

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Campral (acamprosate): "Its helping me NOT to eat"

Dace (taken for less than 1 month) May 28, 2017

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Campral (acamprosate): "My partner has been a heavy drinker for over 5 years now, and within the last 12 months it officially began to get out of control, leading him into the hospital 3 times for an acute attack of pancreatitis. It got to the point where I was going to leave him cause he just wouldn't stop. He also lost his license from drink driving and almost went to jail because of it. It got up to him drinking 700ml-1lt of scotch every day AND going out on top of it before he decided he wanted help. At first he promised me he could ween himself off on his own (don't they all), and obviously he wasn't successful. So his doctor put him on Campral. It has been 9 days now and he has had 1 beer with dinner. He says he just doesn't have the desire to drink anymore."

   
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Mange87 May 25, 2017

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