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Campral is a medicine used to maintain abstinence from alcohol in people with alcohol dependence who are already abstinent.
How does this medication work?
Long-term alcohol exposure causes electrical signals in the brain to become out of balance. Campral is thought to work with certain chemicals in the brain to restore this balance.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: When used as part of a treatment program that may include counseling and support, Campral has been shown to help maintain abstinence from alcohol.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Campral exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider will ask you questions from time to time to assess how well your medicine is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: weakness, pain, loss of appetite, diarrhea, gas, nausea, anxiety, depression, dizziness, dry mouth, insomnia, tingling or numbness of your hands or feet, itching, sweating.
Less common side effects may include:
Suicidal thoughts or actions, with symptoms such as thoughts about suicide or dying; attempts to commit suicide; new or worse depression, anxiety, or irritability; feeling agitated or restless; trouble sleeping; panic attacks; acting aggressive, being angry, or violent; acting on dangerous impulses; an extreme increase in activity and talking; or other unusual changes in your behavior or mood.
Do not take Campral if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Campral if you have severe kidney impairment.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Campral. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have or have had depression, mood problems, suicidal thoughts or behavior, or attempts to commit suicide; kidney problems; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is 666 milligrams (mg) (two 333-mg tablets) three times a day.
If you have kidney impairment, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.
Take Campral exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Campral without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Campral with or without food. If you regularly eat three meals a day, it is suggested that you take Campral with food.
Do not stop taking Campral, even if you relapse, unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider.
No significant interactions have been reported with Campral at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The effects of Campral during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Campral, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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