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Campral

Campral

Campral reduces the desire for alcohol. The active substance acamprosate affects the operation of certain neurotransmitters (messenger substances) in the brain. This reduces dependency on alcohol. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

Patient Leaflet(s)

What is Campral?

Campral reduces the desire for alcohol. The active substance acamprosate affects the operation of certain neurotransmitters (messenger substances) in the brain. This reduces dependency on alcohol. You can order Campral online at the pharmacies that work with Dokteronline.com.

How is the medicine used?

Drinking too much alcohol for a long time is harmful to the liver and also increases the risk of certain types of cancer, diabetes and other conditions. Campral helps to get an alcohol addiction under control by reducing the need for alcohol. This can make the withdrawal period less traumatic.

How should you take Campral?

Swallow the tablet whole with some liquid. Take this medicine with food to reduce the chance of side effects. It may take up to 4 weeks for Campral to take effect. If you don't notice any improvement after this time, consult a doctor as it might not be a good idea to keep using this medicine. If Campral works well, then it's usually taken for a year. Keep taking the tablets, even if you have drunk some alcohol on occasion.

Dosage

The participating pharmacies have Campral available online. Unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor, the usual dose is as follows:

  • Adults weighing less than 60 kg: 4 tablets daily (2 tablets in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening).
  • Adults weighing more than 60 kilos: 6 tablets daily (2 tablets in the morning, 2 in the afternoon and 2 in the evening).

Patients with kidney problems may be prescribed a customised dosage by the doctor. Campral is not intended for children. Read the instructions before use.

Side effects

During treatment with Campral, you may experience some side effects, which can involve symptoms such as:

  • Gastrointestinal disorders (stomach ache, nausea, vomiting). Take the medicine with food to prevent these side effects as much as possible;
  • Skin rash with spots and hives;
  • Sexual disorders such as an increased or reduced libido or impotence.

If you experience any of these or additional side effects, talk to a doctor or pharmacist. A full list of possible side effects can be found in the leaflet.

When should you not use this medicine?

Campral is not a suitable medicine for everyone. Do not use this medicine if you:

  • Are allergic to acamprosate or any of the excipients of the tablet;
  • Suffer from severe kidney problems;
  • Are breastfeeding.

If you suffer from other health problems such as liver problems, or if you have depression, talk to a doctor about using Campral. Please indicate whether you are using any other medicines or dietary supplements. A doctor will know if you can safely combine these drugs with Campral.

Pregnancy / Driving / Alcohol

Use Campral only on the advice of a doctor if you are pregnant. This medicine should not be used during breastfeeding. Campral has no known effect on your ability to react so you can drive whilst taking the medication. Campral does not interact with alcohol but is intended to stop the excessive use of alcohol. Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication.