Side Effects of Acamprosate

Common side effects of acamprosate include diarrhea, nausea, and a general feeling of weakness. These side effects are typically minor and easily treated, and not everyone who takes this drug will experience them. However, serious acamprosate side effects are also possible. If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction or suicidal thoughts or behaviors, contact your healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Acamprosate

As with any medicine, acamprosate calcium (Campral®) 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.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with acamprosate. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of acamprosate side effects with you.)

Serious Side Effects of Acamprosate

Acamprosate has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, one group of people received the real medication, while another group was given a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group who took the placebo.
Some side effects of acamprosate, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
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