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    Information about Acamprosate

    Acamprosate uses

    Acamprosate is used in the treatment of alcohol addiction.

    How acamprosate works

    Acamprosate is believed to stabilize the chemical balance in the brain by blocking glutaminergic N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors and activating the gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptors.

    Common side effects of acamprosate

    Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Nausea, Vomiting, Decreased libido, Itching, Flatulence, Impotence
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    Expert advice for Acamprosate

    • Acamprosate reduces craving for alcohol in people who have stopped drinking. 
    • Take it in combination with a counselling programme to help you maintain abstinence from alcohol.
    • It is only effective after you have completely stopped drinking alcohol.
    • This medicine does not relieve alcohol withdrawal symptoms and does not prevent the harmful effects of continued alcohol abuse.
    • Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or develop suicidal thoughts.
    • It will take time, support, willpower and determination to readjust to not drinking and learn to live without alcohol.

    Frequently asked questions for Acamprosate


    Q. Is Acamprosate addictive/ is Acamprosate a narcotic?

    Acamprosate is not addictive when given at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Acamprosate is a calcium acetylhomotaurinate and not a narcotic

    Q. Is Acamprosate effective?

    Acamprosate is effective if used at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor

    Q. Is Acamprosate a placebo?

    Acamprosate is a drug and not a placebo

    Q. What is acamprosate/What is acamprosate calcium used for?

    Acamprosate or acamprosate calcium along with counselling is used as a therapy to maintain the practice of avoiding alcohol drinking again in people who are alcohol dependent

    Q. Does Acamprosate get you high/ make you drowsy/ cause weight gain?

    These side effects are rare or uncommon with Acamprosate treatment. Consult your doctor immediately if you experience one or more such symptoms and stop taking Acamprosate immediately.