When and How to Take Acamprosate

General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
  • Acamprosate comes in the form of a delayed-release tablet. It is taken by mouth, usually three times a day.
  • You can take it with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with a little food. It may help to take acamprosate with meals so that you remember to take it.
  • Do not break, cut, or chew the tablets, as this will destroy the delayed-release coating on them.
  • Make sure to take acamprosate at the same times each day in order to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • It can take up to five days for an effective and steady level of acamprosate to accumulate in the body. Don't give up too early.
  • If you have a relapse and start drinking again, do not stop taking this medication unless your healthcare provider instructs you to do so.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.

Generic Acamprosate

Acamprosate is available in generic form (see Generic Campral).

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Brand-name acamprosate is made by Merck Santé s.a.s. for Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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