Acamprosate is a drug commonly used to treat alcohol dependence in people who have stopped drinking. The drug is thought to work by balancing certain brain chemicals that have been affected by long-term alcohol use. Acamprosate is available as a delayed-release tablet that is typically taken three times a day. Common side effects include diarrhea, itching, and nausea.
What Is Acamprosate?Acamprosate calcium (Campral®) is a prescription medication approved to treat alcohol dependence. It is intended for use after a person has stopped drinking (usually after detoxification) and should be used in combination with a comprehensive alcohol treatment program that includes counseling and group support programs.
Side Effects of AcamprosateAs with any medicine, acamprosate can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of acamprosate include, but are not limited to:
- A feeling of general weakness.
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